UPDATED: January 20, 2012
We see The Nation carried the Barbados Government Information Service announcement that Worthing Beach was to be closed on January 19th “while the sluice gates at the beach are opened for routine maintenance.”
The last time this happened (on November 12, 2010 – see below) there was no real maintenance on the sluice gates – the government just moved the pile of sand blocking the channel. This is a big deal, my friends, because developer friends of the government want the wetlands killed so they can build on them. The long term abuse of leaving the sluice gate broken is designed to kill the last mangrove forest in Barbados so the friends of government can profit from developing the wetlands.
QUESTION: Was this “routine maintenance” of the Graeme Hall wetlands sluice gate merely removing the sand again… or did they repair the broken sluice gate so the mangrove swamp can be refreshed and “breathe” from the sea?
GRAEME HALL NATURE SANCTUARY: Let’s hear from you! What is the truth?
NOTE: See the comments for a reader reporting that the gate was NOT repaired on the 19th. The operation only involved moving sand – and the channel was damaged.
UPDATED: November 12, 2010
Government announcement was a Sham.
No repairs made to Graeme Hall sluice gate.
Last mangrove forest dying before our eyes.
The announced repairs to the sluice gate at the Graeme Hall wetlands never happened. Government workers arrived and did their usual digging out of the sand, then filled in the channel a day later after draining some water. The gates were not repaired or replaced.
The deliberate destruction of a precious natural heritage site continues. Government is obviously doing this out of vindictiveness in the ongoing legal dispute with Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary owner Peter Allard.
It just shows you that Government officials think the wetlands and green space are theirs to destroy and develop.
Those wetlands and green space belong to the people of Barbados. Peter Allard spent tens of millions of dollars cleaning up the wetlands and volunteered to look after them for us for a while. It was his generous gift to the people of Barbados, but the developer friends of government had other ideas. So Allard he shut down his Nature Sanctuary and Barbados lost big time: 100 jobs, green space, tourism and hope for the future – all gone.
Here’s our original story: Read it ‘an weep…
Repair on sluice gate a result of lawsuit or new-found environmental conscience?
Ian Bourne’s Bajan Reporter says that the Government of Barbados is finally displaying a conscience because the Drainage Division will be working on the forever-broken Graeme Hall sluice gate for 14 hours today, Friday October 29, 2010.
For over a decade two successive governments deliberately neglected the sluice gate in an attempt to destroy the Graeme Hall wetlands so they can be sold and developed for profit.
As a direct result of a sluice gate left broken for fifteen years…
– The last mangrove forest on the island is dying, perhaps irreversibly on its way out.
– A premier tourist attraction, the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, closed with the loss of a hundred jobs.
– An international complaint was lodged against Barbados by nature sanctuary owner Peter Allard.
– International investors and philanthropists look upon Barbados with suspicion after Allard shut down his sanctuary and gave his millions elsewhere. Many observers believe that what happened to the Canadian philanthropist Peter Allard (and some other foreign investors) could happen to anyone. We’re not so sure they are wrong.
Now we’re told that a lousy 14 hours of work will solve the whole thing?
THAT IS DISGUSTING!
What an indictment of the BLP and DLP governments! Continue reading