UWP Urges Government To Protect Public Access to Gros Piton, Anse L’Ivorgne Beach

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The United Workers Party is alarmed at reports that access to the Gros Piton trail and
Anse L’Ivorgne beach is blocked by a developer and is calling on the Philip J Pierre
Administration to make the protection of Saint Lucia’s World Heritage Site a priority.

The lack of attention and lackluster response by the Government to this significant
issue blatantly exposes the continued hypocrisy of the St Lucia Labour Party; saying
one thing while in opposition and something else when in office.

Saint Lucians have a right to access our nation’s national treasures and the Gros Piton
trail should never have been obstructed in any way, preventing many who make a
living on this trail from earning their daily bread.

Saint Lucians and visitors have been using this trail for decades and it is a source of revenue for tour guides, water taxi operators, land and sea excursionists and vendors.

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Their livelihoods have been put at risk while the Government turns a blind eye.

The fact that this was allowed to happen is an indictment on the current MP for Soufriere, the current administration and the Soufriere Development Foundation.

Although the Department of Planning has stated there’s registered vehicular access to the beach and queen’s chain the access, the UWP is informed, this is still blocked by the developer.

It must be stated that while in Government, the United Workers Party paid careful
attention to the Pitons Management Area (PMA) and then Minister for Physical
Planning, and Soufriere/ Fond St Jacques MP, Honourable Herod Stanislas addressed
in great detail the development in the area of Anse L’Ivrogne, explaining the history
of Anse L’Ivrogne development and the steps taken by the then Government to
ensure the development did not prevent local access or put the World Heritage
Status at risk.

The Minister at the time outlined the guidelines for the PMA contained in thenPMA
and the Soufriere Region Integrated Development Plan, otherwise known as the
Hyder report, 2008, and The Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Study of 2013.

The area in question was sold by Mondesir Estates to a business senior executive from
Canada in January of 2015 under the tenure of Dr Kenny Anthony, who also granted
the proposed buyer the status of an “Approved Developer.”

The deed of sale for the property is dated 19th January 2016 also during the tenure of the Dr. Anthony administration.

In managing this situation, while in Office the UWP administration, worked with the
developer to ensure the proposed development site falls within policy area 1 of the
Pitons Management Area and according to the Design Guide of the Limits of Acceptable Change Study of 2013.

To that end the UWP administration rejected the initial plans of the developer due to the fact that it was not in keeping with the rules which govern the area.

The UWP only approved plans that kept to the guidelines and aesthetics of the area and monitored this development every step of the way.

Considering recent developments, it would seem that the SLP Government, MP
Emma Hippolyte, the Minister for Planning, the Soufriere Development Foundation,
the National Trust and so-called watch groups that were very active under the UWP
administration have dropped the ball and failed the people of Soufriere and Saint
Lucia.

The United Workers Party will challenge any moves to prevent locals from accessing
our beaches, nature trails and protect our status as a World Heritage Site.

SOURCE: United Workers Party

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Ok correct me if am wrong can u pin point one thing that u have done the is in the interest of the people of this country cuz am blind I can’t see or hear

  2. Talking about protecting beach right now this beach can’t put money in my pocket?let’s get right into it crime continues I cannot afford no solution no plan it’s big an bold let’s talk about healthcare I don’t know if u are aware that healthcare have been privatise no money no service i cannot afford to pay for a blood test an xtray far less a ct scan one thousand one hundred and fifty dorllas I can’t afford to pay wats in place for people who cannot afford to pay yeah let’s talk about liveable wage lets talk about inflation the costs of every thing has gone up what do u have in place for people who cannot afford to pay their bills let’s talk about job creation how can I make a dollar to feed my children and to better my lifelyhood talk about that

  3. Hey, pick a side, either one of them will slowly kill us off at the rate which they are going.. The Worthless Party or the Sal*p party, pick your demise. For years both of them have failed us, robbed us and murdered us! Yet still, we vote and bitch about “our party”. Most of us lucians need to wake the fu*k up!…

  4. Boy all one can do is laugh and shake your at The United Worthless…..these clowns have whole heap of chat, any word from them on crime you notice how quiet they are. Imagine the Party that gave away our Birthright time and time again for nothing CABOT, Their Darling Pear Of The Caribbean for USD$1.00 per acre for 99 yrs for PRIME WATER FRONT. Right now what we need to do is to round up Chastanet and his Posse, bring them to town square tie them up, and every Lucian pay $5.00 for 3 minutes to flog them and use that money to buy back our land. I am so tired of these hypocritical clowns.

  5. Stop playing politics and fix it. That route has been used for years. Acquire it on the people’s behalf. Another case of a rich white man buying prime property and denying us the right to our patrimony. This needs to stop.

  6. Here lies the problem: UWP said that they ” did not approve plans” – how can a political party think they have/had the right to approve a development plan? Neither UWP nor SLP should be saying that crap- yol are politicians, leave the approval of development plans to the qualified staff at DCA/ planning/ PMA etc. Also, these staff from those agencies should severe their ties with political parties – make decisions that are right , for our people, not for stupid Chas or Fedee or Herald or Kenny and Emma etc. STOP IT and FIX IT now!

  7. How hypocritical of the UWP administration. Now that they find themselves on the other side, they feel the need to pressure the present Government. Were you guys not aware of the issue during your 5year tenure? Hypocrites!!

  8. i have a question we the saint lucians have public access and right to our beaches so how comes they never make this a big issue for other beaches like for instance pigeon point going into sandals where they built the two poles. do the security guards still prevent locals from walking into there?

    • There was a much bigger issue for the sandals gates posts at pigeon point. Sandals actually won the case under the idea that since that beach was reclaimed land it doesn’t fall under queens chain.
      Sandals realized that even though they could restrict people the bad publicity wasn’t worth it, so whole the guards will stop you from into the resort they don’t bother people using the beach.

    • And what is your point? Isn’t this report factual? Lies are truth in your thinking when it’s SLP. Apparently, the truth are lies, in your thinking, when it’s UWP.

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