BREAKING: Court stops construction of Barbuda International Airport

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Site for Barbuda Airport as seen at start of works in 2018

A High Court Judge ordered that construction work on the airport in Barbuda must immediately cease until further notice.

This comes as two Barbudans, John Mussington and Jacklyn Frank take legal action against the government for what they say is the unlawful development of the airport.

The Attorney General, the Development Control Authority (DCA) and the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) were named as respondents in the case.

The applicants are claiming the Department of Environment warned the government of environmental risks, yet the DCA and the ABAA continued with the development.

They cite various breaches of process, loss of archeological and prehistoric sites; hydrogeological issues and construction on designated agriculture space.

The judge also granted leave for the applicants to seek judicial review of the government’s decision to construct the airport.

The matter has been set for hearing in September.

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