KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) A petition has been launched to stop the construction of a new petrol station in the area of Donaldson, Union Island.
The petitioners who welcome the construction of the petrol station are however adamant that the choice of location is wrong.
They claim that:
“On August 7th 2020 a public Notice was published in the Newspaper of an application to the physical planning and development Board for Greaves Investment Limited to construct a Petrol Station at Donaldson, Union Island”.
“Donaldson extends to and ends at the boundary for the salt pond. We have signed this petition in objection to the construction of the Petrol Station in Donaldson or any other area that drains into the Belmont Salt Pond. We welcome construction of a petrol station on the island but not in the area”.
In setting out their arguments against the site location, the petitioners argue that:
“The Salt Pond is the oldest historic site on the island and must be preserved. It provides food in the form of salt and income when the salt harvested is sold. We believe that any fuel spillage whether small or large will eventually end up in the Salt Pond as water drains from Donaldson into the the salt pond, as it usually does. This will cause the salt to be unfit for consumption”.
The island’s lone gas station was gutted by fire on May 19th claiming the lives of three (3) persons. Police report at the time said that at about 6:40pm, the Union Island Fire station was alerted about an explosion at Freddy’s Gas Station located at Clifton, Union Island.
The gas station was engulfed in flames which rapidly spread to a number of nearby buildings. The Prime Minister speaking in parliament at the end of June said that:
“an investigation was launched immediately after the fire. A senior officer who is attached to the Union Island Police Station was given the lead to conduct this investigation”.
“And the central purpose of the investigation, among other things, is to ascertain the cause of the fire and the response of the fire department”.
No mention has been made about the report from investigators since then.
The petition which was launched on September 11 has amassed 78 signatures up to press time. The organiser has set a goal of 100 signatories. However, it is not clear what impact the petition would have as the law prescribes specific form to raise objections to developments.
The petition can be viewed here.