Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Petition Launched To Protect Saint Lucia’s Pitons

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An online petition has been launched demanding that the Saint Lucia government bring an immediate halt to a development near Gros Pitons.

The petition was launched by the Pitons’ Protection Project five days ago with the aim of attracting 5,000 signatures.

By Friday afternoon at 3:45 pm 4,847 individuals had already signed up.

“We, the sons and daughter of Saint Lucia, demand that our Government officials immediately halt all construction at the Anse L’Yvrogne Estate and reject any future requests for construction (of any kind) within the established Pitons Management Area (PMA),”the petition says.

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“This area is home to our Twin Peaks – The Pitons – which are an essential part of each Saint Lucian’s national pride and identity; and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004,” the online initiative declared.

“Proud Saint Lucians, allies, friends, visitors to our shores, and well wishers, we need your support to gather signatures for our “Pitons’ Protection Project” championed by various concerned citizens. Locals and tourist alike have long enjoyed the beauty and magnificence of The Pitons and we believe it should remain this way. If you agree that the sanctity of our heritage should be preserved and protected, please be sure to sign and share this Petition!” It urged.

The petition noted that construction by a foreign developer on private lands owned by US Resident -Geoffrey Robillard, Senior Vice President, Import Division of Dollarama Inc. – is currently ongoing.

It asserted that  its existence, expanse and composition threaten the natural beauty, historical significance and heritage of our people and country.

“Further, the development plan reveals unconstitutional limits to access and ease of movement by Locals, to the Public Beach adjoining the property,” the petition observed.

In explaining the demand for immediate action, the group behind the initiative noted that outrage for the current construction is ongoing.

“And while many still grapple with the legality of the matter, there is a resounding agreement among citizens of Saint Lucia that the preservation, conservation and protection of all areas under the Piton Management Area are paramount and of the highest priority,” the Change.org initiative declared.

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