North Trelawny’s Member of Parliament, Victor Wright, has come out stridently against the current management of Trelawny’s development.
MP Wright through a release on his Facebook page, spoke about tangible benefits not accruing to the residents of Trelawny. In addition, he spoke of the damage to the natural eco-system, including the damages to the water table.
The parish of Trelawny continues to see unprecedented developments in recent years. Most of them are on virgin lands that have to be “stolen” from nature.
Just last week, we saw ground breaking for a hotel in Stewart Castle that is planned to eventually have 8000 rooms and be built around its own town.
MP Wright has echoed the concerns of many citizens, that outsiders are taking over the parish, with little or no opportunities for the locals.
Victor Wright, M.P.
Over the years there had been extensive damage to our coasts and beaches in Northern Trelawny at the expense of “development”. Development is good but must be sustainable and takes into consideration the impact on our environment.
Currently there is a drive by this administration to gobble up our beaches ( Duncans Bay, Falmouth Fishing Beach) to in their words develop the spaces to benefit who? Surprisingly NEPA who should be the protector of these spaces is actually the implementing agency.
We have seen what the pier has done to the water table in Falmouth and the selective method used to add persons to their sewage system. We have seen the destruction of the coastline to Rock (Road was single lane before closure) and this continues as we speak.
Despite highlighting in parliament nothing has changed and the announcements continued. We simply need dialogue with the stakeholders and an overall environmental plan to satisfy the sustainable development of the area.
In addition a well thought out public education campaign should be crafted and disseminated amongst our residents to increase their consciousness and awareness of the impact.
The associated benefits from these “developments” to locals are not forthcoming as projected but rather there is a scheme to out price them from the spaces. As their representative I don’t support and won’t allow this to materialize particularly by state agencies who seems muzzled and bent on depriving the residents their fair share of what’s to be had.
Lately the SCJ Holdings has been giving verbal permits to well connected individuals to clear lands without the requisite lease or permits from NEPA. This is not how we expect the constituency to be developed and falls in the pattern this government has embarked on in the distribution of lands.
I’m saying to the Government that the Bernard Lodge style distribution will not happen here! SCJ Holdings must establish fair and proper protocols for the development of the former cane lands.
Residents, let’s be vigilant in protecting our spaces while embracing the structured planned developments.