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GOV’T REJECTS JETTY PROPOSAL AT JACKSON BAY, LAYOU

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This week will mark 6 months since residents of Layou came together to protest against the construction of a pier at Jackson Bay, Layou in the Central Leeward constituency. Residents may sleep more soundly tonight as the outcome may have worked out in their favour.

Today, the country finally received indication that an application by SVG Aggregate Inc to construct a rock pier 150 feet into the sea so as to allow for the docking of barges has been denied.

Speaking this morning on the API’s morning program with host Shevrell McMillan, constituency representative Orando Brewster presented an alternative Jackson Bay Development plan which will be a phased plan to bring amenities to the area for the benefit of the local community.

An ecstatic MP Brewster told the morning show host, “yesterday, I had a meeting with stakeholders from economic planning and we are on the verge of Jackson Bay Development. We have started the work and we are going to see phase one being rolled out this year for the Jackson Bay development project.”

“I have some public consultations coming up. I want to meet with the fisherfolk, those who are integrally involved with Jackson Bay…we have some preliminary designs in what the area would look like and it is exciting stuff.”

The consultations are set to begin by the middle of October to apprise the community of what will take place and to present the designs which are being kept secret until the public meetings.

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However, MP Brewster did go into some details of what the residents can expect.

“We are going to incorporate the fisherfolk because one of the problems fisherfolk had for years was that they didn’t have a proper place to store their nets and so on and so forth. There is an excellent spa facility that is going to come out down there on Jackson Bay. There is a bridge that will go over the river. I am just giving you some hints.”

“It will not all be done this year. We have to do it in phases.”

Turning his attention to the widespread protest that erupted in March, the parliamentary representative said “anyone can apply to build a jetty” but that it was never part of his plan to see a new jetty constructed in the area.

Internet photo: Layou residents protest against the proposed construction of a jetty by SVG Aggregate Inc

Brewster had told the nation then that he would act in the best interest of the people of Central Leeward and hinted that the issue brought about something positive for the people of Layou.

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