The newly formed Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia has hailed its first public activity to highlight concern over three local projects a success.
The activity was held under the theme: Saint Lucia is Not for Sale.
The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia has expressed its concern about the $2.6 Billion DSH Project slated for the South of Saint Lucia, the subsequent addition of a Causeway linking Maria Islets to the mainland and a Dolphinarium earmarked for the Pigeon Island National Landmark in Gros-Islet.
“We were more than surprised by the turnout and very happy – it was more than we expected,” one of the organisers of yesterday’s whistle stop tour of the North of Saint Lucia told the Times.
The tour, which commenced at the parking lot of Massy-Mega at Choc, was joined by a number of vehicles.
The motorcade then passed through communities in the North making scheduled stops, where addresses were given by concerned citizens including former Castries Central MP, Richard Frederick, Journalist, Jerry George and Julius James of the Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC).
The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia has made it clear that the organization is not against investment that will bring levels of improvement in the lives and livelihoods of Saint Lucians.
But the group says it is mindful that investments cannot be haphazard or unsustainable and must involve dialogue with all parties.
The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia said it had originally planned the whistle stop tour to take place during the Easter holidays but permission for the event was denied by the police, citing a number of other activities taking place at the same time.
The group has plans to organize a whistle stop tour to the South of Saint Lucia.
In addition, there are plans for other activities over the next few months, including a series of public lectures and discussions, media interventions, and the preparation of a portfolio of information resources and educational materials which will be distributed continuously.
The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia has described itself as an all- inclusive, non-partisan group with members throughout Saint Lucia working to increase participation in local democracy; inspire individuals in the community to become informed about local issues; and support accessibility, transparency and accountability in government.