Bowen:The announcement of a 2,000+ acre Willoughby Bay Development after zero public consultation with the residents of St. Phillip’s South is a grave insult, which raises more questions than answers.
Why were residents of the constituency – especially Bethesda villagers – left completely out of the loop during the so-called “weeks of discussions” held on this project by the Economic Recovery Committee (ERC)?
Who are these 5,000 new residents who are being targeted for the housing development?
Will the pricing be affordable to the residents of St. Phillip’s or is the ABLP catering only to a certain category of people?
Has an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) been conducted to justify the proposed radical changes to such an environmentally sensitive area, including the impacts on fishing, coastal protection and tampering with the reef system, which reduces the effect of storm surges on the low lying village of Bethesda?
Who are the investors being targeted and what safeguards will be put in place to avoid another YIDA and to ensure maximum benefit to grassroot people?
MP Lennox Weston has been predictably silent on all of these matters, having no regard for his constituents’ right to be kept fully informed.
The residents of St. Phillip’s South demand answers and it is my intention to fight on their behalf for transparency, fair benefits and adherence to our environmental laws.