REAL NEWS -Senator Alex Browne is refuting claims by the Development Control Authority (DCA) that the access road leading to Laurys Bay is private property.
Browne says the roadway has been in existence for decades, even prior to the foreign developer purchasing lands in the area.
In a recent video, Senator Browne highlighted the fact that the access road leading to Laurys Bay had been fenced off, thereby restricting public access to the community beach.
But, in a quick response, the DCA stated that the road was part of the developer’s private property and he had the right to fence it in.
The agency also claimed that the access road did not lead to a beach – but to a rocky area on the coastline and a jetty.
It was further noted that the land owner has undertaken the construction of a new road adjacent to his property to facilitate access to a different beach.
Meanwhile, the United Progressive Party (UPP) senator says the original route was the only means of accessing Laurys Bay.
It has been used since he was a child, he says, and had been utilized by his father and grandfather, as well.
What appears to have happened, Browne says, is that the land was sold without taking the beach-access road into account.
Hence, a situation has now been created in which a family has to cross the private property to get to their home.
Browne also says the DCA’s claim that the access road leads only to a rocky coastline and a jetty – and not a beach – is a falsehood.
He says there is an area nearby for swimming, in addition to a jetty that has been used by fishermen for decades, and some rocky areas.
Senator Browne says the blocking of the road will affect the livelihood of some families who depend on fishing to make a living.
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