Concerned Group: DSH project ‘frightening’

Concerned Group: DSH project ‘frightening’

The Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC), has described the $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project in the South of Saint Lucia as ‘frightening’, and has called for a better deal to be negotiated.

An online petition launched by the group to halt the project said given the nature, scope and scale of this DSH Project, its impacts and effects on the physical environment, especially  the sensitive coastal ecosystems, residential communities, existing business operations, current eco-tourism ventures and traditional livelihoods, will be drastic, enormous and long-term.

“In effect all the available productive, commercial, touristic and community-development lands will be given away to one Master Developer for 99 years at US$1 per acre!” According to the petition.

It noted that this would leave no space for alternative developments in the area by other developers, both foreign and local, and the expansion of the town of Vieux-Fort and surrounding communities.

The VFCCCC petition observed that terms and conditions of the DSH Project have not been publicized by the Government of Saint Lucia nor has the Government held any discussion, dialogue or consultations with Saint Lucian nationals and in particular the residents of Vieux-Fort who will be most directly affected by the Project.

The petition by the concerned group stated that notwithstanding the claim made in the Framework Agreement the Project will lead to “significant job creation and retention”, the residents of Vieux-Fort and other citizens of Saint Lucia find that the Terms and Conditions of the DSH are outrageous, frightening and an insult to their  collective intelligence, vision and aspirations.

“What is even more disturbing is that there is a haste to amend Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) Legislation to meet the outrageous demands of this Master Developer,” the petition said.

It appealed to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and other members of his Cabinet to stop all work on the project immediately and to engage the residents of Vieux-Fort and all affected parties in discussions, negotiations and engagements with a view to producing a better deal for Saint Lucia.

The petition said that the better deal must be built upon the wise use of this country’s scarce productive and investment lands.

It stated that the deal must also include the preservation of Saint Lucia’s patrimony, the conservation and protection of sensitive coastal environmental resources and the maintenance of traditional livelihoods and recreational areas.

The government signed an agreement with the Hong Hong registered Desert Star Holdings in July last year for the project, with the initial phase of the project slated to begin this year.

The agreement covered the construction of a race course,  a free trade zone, a shopping mall complex, marina and other facilities on 700 acres of  land in the South of Saint Lucia.

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    I think the biggest issue here is a lack of public consultation and the right for the people of Vieux Fort to have some sort of a voice. The plan sounds very ambitious but I have to agree with some of the concerns raise here.

    1. Anonymous
      January 13, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

      What concern I may ask. There is a lot of propaganda in this whole nonsense from the VFCCCC.

  2. Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 10:47 am Reply

    Emanuel Alexander : we need to develop a land use policy for our island and with such a policy state lands would be better manage lets start A.S.A.P.

  3. Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    I am of the same view but without such a policy there no clear direction.

  4. christopher moore
    January 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply

    What else are you going to do. Let them chose a different island to partner with? Lose all investment.
    Yes be careful of what it promises but don’t deny yourselves a valuable chance at improvements.

  5. Anonymous
    January 14, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    Richard Fredrick, Kenny, Julius James, SLP, you’ve all had your time. Get over it and move on. When are you going to put St Lucia and its people first and not your pockets and your vanity.

    Why was there no petition for St. Jude hospital? You have wasted and partly robbed St. Lucia of $95,000,000.00. How do you explain this to the people in Vieux Fort? And why have you not explained it to them.
    Some of us are smart enough to see through a bunch of selfish idiots like yourselves.
    Kenny served St Lucia for 3 Terms in office what did he do for Vieux Fort? Build a few roads? Give them the odd $20.00? Does that feed the people and pay their bills? Give their children an education?
    Come on Vieux Fort people, open your eyes. These are politicians playing games with yours and your children’s future.
    I am from Vieux Fort so please wake up and smell the coffee.
    We need investments and work for our children. We need a beach, yes but we are a little island with the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. We can drive 15 to 20 minutes and there is a beach.
    Not many countries are that privileged.
    Please rise above all this and think of the future for Vieux Fort and its children who desperately need help and inspiration to dream that they can aspire to succeed in whatever field they choose.

  6. Anonymous
    January 14, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    Why don’t they finish Le Paradis first?

    1. Anonymous
      March 12, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

      Tell the SLP governement that!

  7. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply

    I’m so sick of these SLP people who don’t see the vision and development of the country! All they are concerned with is challenging everything the present government is trying to to. All they want to do is depend on the little hand outs from their previous administration i.e 200.00 a week STEP program and peanuts from the nice program!!! PEOPLE WAKE UP. THINK OF DEVELOPMENT. THINK OF JOBS. THINK OF SUSTAINING YOUR FAMILIES WITHOUT HAVING TO GO TO THE GOVERNMENT EVERY TIME TO HELP YOU’LL. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply

    THINK OF NO FISHES TO EAT.THINK OF THAT SMALL ROCK WE CALL HOME.THINK OF THE FUTURE GENERATION .THINK OF THE ENVIRONMENT.YES HUMANS ARE NOT HE ONLY CREATURES LIVING IN VIEUX FORT.THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN AND WHAT THEY WILL GO UP WITH.THINK OF THE AMOUNT OF PPL THAT WILL BE OUT OF A JOB TO ADD TO THOSE ALEADY UNEMPLOYED.THINK OF WATER THAT WILL BE AFFECTED.THINK OF THE LANDFILL.YES NOT ONLY VIEUX FORT PPL USE THE LANDFILL.THINK OF THE PPL YOU ARE GOING TO DISPLACE.THINK OF THE DISPLACED PEOPLE AND THE HABITS THEY WILL BRING TO OTHER COMMUNITIES…..THINK

  9. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm Reply

    STOP THINKING OF PARTY ,THINK OF SAINT LUCIANS….NOT NOW CHASTNET WANT SANDY BEACH

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