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.

 

 

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 10:54 am

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    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

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

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

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