Concerned Citizens Group Responds To Statement On Access To Gros Piton Nature Trail

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After reviewing the Aug. 18th, 2022 press statement issued by the department of Physical Development, we concerned St. Lucian citizen, are advancing a number of issues and concerns for the consideration of the public and all interested parties even within the international sphere,. Mindful of the status of this area as a world heritage site.

We are committed in our efforts to expose this ongoing controversy to the scrutiny of all including the IUCN and the World Heritage Centre.

We are perplexed by the recent press statement emanating from the Department of Physical Development. We are indeed curious as to the motivation behind the Department’s statement.

We question the credibility of some of the conclusions contained in the a.m. press statement which in our mind exposes an unfortunate lack of appreciation for historical facts and the reality on the ground in relation to Anse L’ Ivogne.

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We wish to raise the following questions and concerns for the attention of the Department of Physical Planning: was there any consultation with the environment and sustainable development unit which has overall responsibility for management of the PMA? Did the Department of Physical Planning consult with the PMA advisory committee as well as the SRDF?

Is the Department of Physical Development now going to see to it that the public vehicular right of way referred to in a.m. press statement is reinstated? This access was truncated by the new owner of Mondesir estate thus effectively cutting off the traditional access. When is this “public vehicular” right of way going to be reinstated?

It seems strange that the Gros Piton trail is not a registered public right of way as this trail has been in existence before motor cars were invented to access their lands and to commute between Fond Gens Libre and the Anse L’Ivogne coastal area for various activities such as fishing, recreation, etc as well as serving as a corridor between the communities of La Pointe and Fond Gens Libre.

One would think that such a pathway of long standing traditional use should be established as a public right of way. This anomaly needs to be addressed at soonest so as to guarantee residents of neighbouring communities continued and uninterrupted access to their lands, rivers and public resources.

Is it true that the Anse L’Ivogne developer, Jeff Robillard, has initiated legal action against the Government of St. Lucia? Is the recent statement by the Department of Physical Development an attempt to appease the developer?

Can we therefore conclude that the Government is now acting under the pressure of intimidation related to the legal proceedings initiated by the new owner of Mondesir estate (Anse L’Ivogne)?

The a.m. press statement from the Department of Physical Development ends by seeking to give assurance to the public of unfettered access to the queen’s chain at Anse L’Ivogne beach – (quote) “The Department of Physical development and Urban Renewal assures the public that access to the queen’s chain and Anse l’Ivogne beach shall remain uninterrupted public access to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike without the fear of intimidation”. (unquote).

The fact is the public does not currently enjoy “uninterrupted “ access to the queen’s chain and the beach. We recommend that the department deploy officers to the area as a matter of urgency to ensure that the once established public right of way is reinstated.

As concerned and patriotic St. Lucians we make this request on behalf of the residents of La Point, Delcer, Fond Gens Libre, Soufriere and by extension St. Lucians all together.

We call for the spirit of the Neg Mawon to once again roam free in this area which has a history of freedom as is testimony in the name of the adjacent community Fond Gens Libre (valley of the free people).

We call on the department of physical development to act promptly to ensure that freedom of St. Lucians to enjoy our patrimony is re-established with IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

SOURCE: Concerned Citizens Group

 

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Re Article and comments! Bla.Bla Bla . No substance..Go on strike for all the crappy situations happening on the island.. To many spit-bolls and no action, All Saint Luciano’s should should hit the road for a better tomorrow, otherwise be quiet…Bla Bla Bla

  2. Please someone correct me if I’m wrong. Wasn’t this the property the national trust and other So called concerned citizens groups had a problem with before election. Wasn’t the current minister of Gov’t one of those who barged in on the security guard? Where is the National Trust who said that they have the interest of StLucia and the patrimony of St. Lucia at heart?
    Just asking questions.

  3. What if the contributors are aligned to the UWP.
    It is therefore important that we have uninterrupted access to the pistons and the beach.
    The government can aquire the public access path or road in the national interest.
    Let us leave politics out of that.
    Government can sell one of the properties aquire by Chastenet to pay for the proposed access or right of way as this would be an investment for the benefit of all.

  4. Most contributors to this forum are aligned with the opposition party: They will never admit to anything good this government does.

  5. but if The Gros Piton Trail which branches off this right of way is not a registered vehicular or
    pedestrian right of way, This trail has been enjoyed by the public at the generosity of the
    owners of the Mondesir Estate on whose land the trail is located then to me the guy does not owe nobody rights to pass on his land or are they saying that he blocked the entire road referring to the road that takes you to the beach and also the gros piton trail so in other words you just cant access the beach and the gros piton trail at all?

  6. One of the “guards” have spoken – quite effectively!

    St Lucians need to also realise that govt admins put “Cabinet Conclusions” in place (policies and laws), which THEY in turn – ignore. Then the various govt departments (the supposed “guards”), ignore the leading government’s doings, then stupidity and commess ensue.

    Then other “guards” (advocacy groups, patronage agents, etc.) are VILIFIED by those called govt ministers and other politicians, causing chaos and rifts within the public. Thus preventing these agents from keeping to the mandates meted out by those same “govt ministers”!

    If govt adminis MAKE a rule or a policy, which ensures a Cabinet Conclusion – make sure it is fixed and kept! There will less confusion among those whom it may affect. STop the commess!

  7. some times i dont know what the hell is goin on in the heads of the department of physical development. The piton is a world heritage site and will say you cant do anything on the piton to harm its surroundings because it is protected but they are the same ones to bend the rules for the freedom bay hotel or what ever it is to be built under the pitons.

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