St. Lucia National Trust’s statement on the Le Paradis development

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St. Lucia National Trust’s statement on the Le Paradis development

unnamed-2PRESS RELEASE – The proposed developments at Pigeon Island National Landmark and Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area have prompted much public discussion on the merits of these developments.

Comparisons have been made between the stand taken by the Saint Lucia National Trust on these proposed developments, and that on the then proposed Le Paradis development. We are pleased to provide the following information, in order that the ongoing debate can be supported by the facts.

The Trust’s involvement with the Le Paradis lands, including Fregate Island, predates the sale in that the then owners of the property allowed us to conduct tours along what we called the Eastern Nature Trail, and to set up a small interpretation booth with educational material about the flora and fauna of the area.

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Following the disclosure of the sale, the Development Control Authority (DCA) requested input/comments in its conduct of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the development. Our concerns about possible impacts on both the terrestrial and marine environments were expressed, including threats to the White Breasted Thrasher, the Fer-de-Lance snake, the coral reef and related near shore ecosystems, as well as the impact on the livelihood of sea moss farmers active in Praslin Bay.

We compiled a list of twelve areas of concern in collaboration with other local partners and raised these with the developer and his representatives.  

The Trust convened community meetings – one with the Micoud Development Foundation and two with the Praslin Development Committee. The developer was invited to present the project to the communities and to respond to their concerns, especially the status of Fregate Island.  

Although Fregate Island was included as part of the security for financing for the project, in the ensuing discussions, and with the assistance of the Forestry Department and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the developer agreed to transfer ownership of the islet to the Trust once it became free of the loan. Following DCA approval, the project was launched and the rest is history. We now assume that the Islands are in the care of the receiver.

Early indications of the adverse impact – undermining the public roadway due to diversion of a waterway – invited some media comment. This prompted discussions between the Trust and the Developer on remedial work. We conducted site visits with the developer, and were able to agree on some aspects of the way forward.  Once the dialogue started, the matter was no longer in the public domain.

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Notwithstanding the ongoing discussions and agreements, the Trust still had concerns about the way the development was progressing.  The clearing of a large track of land for the golf course was a major concern to us.  Discussions on this were led by government technical staff and resulted in the installation of a silt trap.  However, this proved inadequate during high rainfall events.  The developer suggested that the resulting siltation was not caused by their project.  

We commissioned a study of the reef and near shore environment, and were able to present evidence of the damage caused to these resources by the development.

The Trust continues to strive for the preservation of the White Breasted Thrasher (Goj Blanc in Creole). 90% of the world’s population is found only between Dennery and Praslin. In 2016, we conducted a survey in Dennery village and Praslin with support from partners to ascertain the knowledge of the residents about the Thrasher. The information from the survey was used to educate and create awareness.  

Brochures and signage have been developed on this endemic bird. A video documentary, and collaboration with an environmental group from Dennery are scheduled.  In February, the Department of Forestry and Lands conducted a survey to ascertain the numbers of the White Breasted Thrasher with support from Trust staff.  

The Le Paradis development project differed fundamentally from current proposed projects, in that: there were ongoing discussions with the developer; the lands involved were the private property of the Dennehy family, who opted to sell. In contrast, the Pigeon National Landmark, the Maria Islands Nature Reserve and the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area are entrusted to the National Trust, to be managed as public goods and in the national interest.   

The Trust remains committed to the protection and preservation of Saint Lucia’s patrimony, and to working tirelessly, with equally committed partners, to ensure that development and conservation can complement each other.

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  1. The SLNT is using the assets entrusted in them as a political tool. I need a better explanation for the barriers placed on Sandy beach. You have encroached on my right to enjoy the beach.
    No where else in St. Lucia would the Trust do such without strong opposition; certainly not in Gros Islet or Vigie. They have taken Vieux Fortians as fools. We should be the ones matching about the injustice done to Vieux Fortians by the SLNT.

    get them ALL OUT.

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  2. Save st lucia from st Lucians. The world is laughing at us we need to take our argument a few steps higher. Lucians look around you we are still living like crabs in a barrel. This I what got us into slavery in the first place.Now because of politics facts are no longer facts, wake up my people

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  3. Take it or leave it, we need checks and balances in government operations. I believe the SLNT is providing just that and for that reason, they have my unconditional support. Save ST. Lucia from the abusers.

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  4. It's my belief that at this point of our development and maturity as a state that the national trust should become obsolete . All State properties should be vested to the constituency development foundations ,just as what takes place in Soufriere. Constituencies that doesn't have a foundation should be required to have one. The properties of state in the respective constituencies should be able to provide jobs and income for it's residents . That should be able to solve the Tulsie problem once and for all .

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    • Place state assets in the hands of partisan led constituency groups? So they can be left to the whimsical fancies and fantasies, of greedy politicians who insert their minions and cronies to lead these constituency groups, and serve their bidding?! Prove that the national trust has desecrated or mismanaged these resources and you may have a case. Show that enough institutional checks and balances exist to protect these assets from the greed of stupid politicians who feed on the ignorance of poor or mis-educated constituents? What is needed is strong, non partisan policies that protect public authorities (and their staff) in the legitimate conduct of the operations, from the hands of authoritarian politicians and state sanctioned victimisation. We need citizens to play a bigger role in educating themselves and doing what is right for the country and their countrymen, instead of preying on their countrymen and positioning themselves to swallow the trickle down and handouts of corrupt politicians. The problem isn't Tulsie, who has had the testicular fortitude to stand up to both SLP and UWP governments alike, in dutifully fulfilling the functions of his job. The problem is greed and ignorance, because "until you value heritage, you won't understand the work [he does]." The problem is political actors with their personal agendas and vendettas, who would actively mislead the public to satisfy their personal political agendas and greed, at the expense of the citizens and St Lucia. The problem is greedy politicians and their minions who deliberately seek to mislead the population, so as to keep them in their place and on beggarly lines where greed and desperation overtakes the moral good.

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  5. Also, don't forget George Odlum said that under Kenny the Carbinet Room was like a lecture hall.

    The Trust didn't want to be fired like Tessa, Mal-cube and Rick by a man whom they thought knew it all and was God's Gift to us.

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  6. The Trust cannot be trusted any more because instead of being proactive; its very reactive.

    The Trust should go take a hick very deep in the woods, then and only then it may regain our trust.

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  7. AWWWW the Dolphin Park was okay when it was in Canaries but now that its coming near your rich homes yall making noise. Those members of the SLNT who are not Labour Party supporters really need to open their mouths. Allen We Want Jobs! people are dying in the streets! Just tell me where to send my application!

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    • Educate yourself before making such a barbaric comment. There was never a proposal for a dolphin Park before. Read and understand. Even Allen Chastanet's Chairman and his father corrected him on his television show last Sunday.

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  8. I don't understand. You people in the comments ask what the Trust did about the Le Paradis project...they tell you. Now you complain that they're being transparent? What? Unplug from the politics and use your heads for once.

    Expect many more such statements and information distribution from the Trust. If you cared so much about what the Trust does, you would have joined it long ago. Stop moving the goal posts and listen to reason instead of what these politicians fill your heads with.

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    • Interesting to see the monies that the trust has received over the years yet they tell us they don't have any. I thought Govt purchased the Dennehy lands, why is considered a private sale. It was,not. As,an NGO SLNT is best,poised to get funding for its survival, Get your fingers cracking to access these funds that,your organization can. Help our country.,don't deplete our resources.

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  9. I am starting to think that the government should give the SLNT the subvention. What should happen is that the Gros Islet community should form a foundation to take over the operations of Pigeon Islet landmark and the causeway, like in Soufriere. They would also absorb all the workers. The money collected would be used to pay the workers and to uplifting the community and its people. The $500 grand given to the SLNT by the government would be enough for the operations of the SLNT. Every cent should be accounted for annually.

    I think the extra money collected by the Trust can be put to better use.

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    • Place state assets in the hands of partisan led constituency groups? So they can be left to the whimsical fancies and fantasies, of greedy politicians who insert their minions and cronies to lead these constituency groups, and serve their bidding?! Prove that the national trust has desecrated or mismanaged these resources and you may have a case. Show that enough institutional checks and balances exist to protect these assets from the greed of stupid politicians who feed on the ignorance of poor or mis-educated constituents? What is needed is strong, non partisan policies that protect public authorities (and their staff) in the legitimate conduct of the operations, from the hands of authoritarian politicians and state sanctioned victimisation. We need citizens to play a bigger role in educating themselves and doing what is right for the country and their countrymen, instead of preying on their countrymen and positioning themselves to swallow the tricle down and handouts of corrupt politicians. The problem isn't Tulsie, who has had the testicular fortitude to stand up to both SLP and UWP governments alike, in dutifully fulfilling the functions of his job. The problem is greed and ignorance, because "until you value heritage, you won't understand the work [he does]." The problem is political actors with their personal agendas and vendettas, who would actively mislead the public to satisfy their personal political agendas and greed, at the expense of the citizens and St Lucia. The problem is greedy politicians and their minions who deliberately seek to mislead the population, so as to keep them in their place and on beggarly lines where greed and desperation overtakes the moral good.

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  10. I am unimpressed with this statement right now. SLNT became vocal about this DHS thing only after some other citizens raised their concern and mention the Trusts involvement. I do understand the job of the trust and appreciate what has been done but lately it's become too political. The arguments are going the wrong way and need a new direction. Thank you.

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  11. conflicti ng comments from NT. some guys of the trust was on San Flood show a few weeks ago and said they cauyion the then gov but they did not listen to them they even prevented them from site visits by a deacese Female PS now the trust comes up with something every oz of credibilty i had for all you guys is gone. Who is lying these days it it the Gov or NT. All in the name of politics.

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  12. Our Heritage is who we are. Chastanet has no understanding or relation to our Heritage. Hence you see how eager he is to Erase Our Heritage which our forefathers fought and died for.
    I have signed up as a Member of the St. Lucia National Trust.

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    • Does Chastanet even know who he is or where he come from! I hear he not even pure Lucian, so I'm not surprised that he has no appreciation for heritage. How can you appreciate what is not yours. Typical He is the Son of a Slave Master! History repeating itself. And the stupid slaves sell themselves into slavery once again. If is not dolphin shit they going to shovel up and slave over is Chinese shit they going to clean up. Once they hear job! Their ears rise up. Just like the days of old, the slave masters look for the lowliest of jobs to give his slaves to do!

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  13. Maybe the government should concentrate on opening some high tech hospitals to take care of the people.
    What would happen if there was a disaster on the airport or in the harbour with a cruise ship?

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    • The problem is tha wen the hospitals get like this an They make this highly functional and dependable hospital(s) needed it will be privatized an den you will all see division like never before, Believe me wen I say this it is not wat I wantin for Stl an it's people.

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  14. The Le Paradis developer, Design Construction Group Properties Limited (DCG), had no experience in undertaking such a large project and the development company was established just for the Le Paradis project. Managing Director Visionary of the Le Paradis Hotel Kieran Dolby had never managed such a large project before. THE REST IS HISTORY AND SOMETHING ABOUT THE DSH PROJECT IN VIEUX FORT SMELLS LIKE THE FAILED DCG LE PARADISE PROJECT!

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    • except that the person in charge of DSH actually has a proven track record of building these horse racing tracks in dubai. http://www.meydan.ae/

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      • By the way I heard that the Saint Lucia National Trust approved the DSH horse racing track once the Mangroves were removed because they researched the developer and they believed that he has a good track record when it comes to horse racing and because of that they were confident that the horse race thing would go well. They had expressed a few concerns which would be addressed in the EIA for the area and so they left it alone until the destroyer came up with DSH phase 2!

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    • http://www.meydan.ae/ simple easy so to find proof that the people in charge of DSH know what they doing so I think them being ineppt is the least of our concerns

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  15. Our rating on the environment was downgraded, internationally because of Le Paradis. My and I am guessing the nation’s question to the SLNT is where was the agitation then?

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  16. It's amazing that only now the SLTN decides to make a statement about Le Paradis. When this concern had been brought up years ago even before DSH. I guess you guys cooked up this statement to feed to the public, but the majority knows better.

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    • You appear to be an 'Aboo Dek Dek.' But again, when one has party with Semi Educated people, you simply have to look at the Electorates. LOL ?.

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    • I am soooo tired!!! Press Releases were done, statements were made via the news...I found a clip on their Facebook page of an interview on HTS where the Trust spoke about their concerns.

      https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Lucia-National-Trust-145287282155040/

      Saint Lucians are too passive and expect too much from the Trust, yes they have a big role to play but without the public support how can they achieve eevrything in their mandate...why didnt you come together then like you are doing now...there is VFCCCC, Concerned Citizens Coalition and other groups now speaking up about DSH....dont you think that if these groups existed then the reports that the Trust did and submitted to the DCA would have had greater public support and maybe the DCA would have felt the pressure to ensure that the recommendations from the Trust were adhered to...but no, you all shut your mouths and preach JOBS JOBS JOBS now look at Le Paradis.

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  17. Blah blah blah. Point is you fackers could say anything public cause D masa was in charge.

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