A Saint Lucia Labour Party Government will never in the future ever compromise the use of the Queen’s Chain because it belongs to Saint Lucians.
That declaration was made by the Leader of the Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party, Hon Philip J. Pierre on Sunday night as he addressed his Party’s second Virtual Market Steps Meeting in a month, broadcast from HTS.
Criticizing the UWP Government’s granting of a 75 year lease of the Queen’s Chain to a Canadian Company, Cabot Links, which has purchased 346 acres of land in Cap Estate, Gros Islet, to develop a Golf course project, Pierre said that it was despicable that Government Ministers were now saying, after granting the lease, that they would plead with Cabot to allow St. Lucians to drive to the beaches in the area.
“A Government of the Saint Lucia Labour Party will ensure that the Queen’s Chain remains for Saint Lucians to use all the time,” Pierre added.
The Cabot Links Golf Course Project, championed by the Allen Chastanet UWP Government, has become a source of controversy ever since it was revealed that the Government had facilitated Cabot Links securing a loan of $30 million from the country’s National Insurance Corporation to purchase the lands.
The controversy was heightened recently when it was reported that having gained the 75 year lease on the beaches and coastal land around the property, Cabot was attempting to remove a local entrepreneur out of one of the beaches – the well-known Cas en Bas Beach – where she operates a restaurant.
Marjorie Lambert built her restaurant from scratch for over two decades starting as a beach vendor and is now holding a Government lease on the space which she occupies.
Pierre said that a Labour Party government would have told Cabot to find a way to construct their project without touching Marjorie.