Construction continues on Barbuda airport in the face of legal action

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

The government is moving ahead with the construction of a new airport on Barbuda even as the project is being challenged in court.

A group of Barbudans has argued that the airport is being constructed without permission from the Development Control Authority and without and Environmental Impact Assessment.

However, when officials from the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA), the Development Control Authority (DCA) the construction company (BHM) were invited to the Cabinet they addressed the construction of the international runway and apron that is well underway on the southeastern corridor of Barbuda.

“The DCA official explained that a G-Plan was submitted to approve in principle the work to be done. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was also submitted; the first submission was not sufficiently adequate and so a second more detailed EIA was submitted; that second EIA is currently under review by the Environmental Division,” according to the government.

Based on Cabinet notes, the structural drawings were given to the national PWD engineer with the expectation that they would reach the DCA. The plans are in the hand of the DCA for approval. Hydrology and geology reports have also been submitted.”

“Cabinet provided the permission to utilize the quarry, in order to make doubly sure that the decision cannot be withdrawn or otherwise altered by a body with lesser authority. Permission to commence and complete the access road from the new airport to River Road was also sought and granted. The national engineer from PWD also has the plans for that part of the project.”

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