ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has stepped in as lawmen yesterday threatened “arrests” in order to deter workmen from rebuilding a controversial gate that would prevent vehicular access to beaches at Pearns Point.
Spencer’s intervention follows a briefing from Development Control Authority (DCA) officials, Minister of Agriculture Hilson Baptiste and the minister responsible for the DCA, Chanlah Codrington.
“I got an idea of what transpired,” he said, referring to Wednesday night’s demolition of the contentious barrier, under the supervision of Codrington.
The talks, with “all parties involved,” are scheduled for Wednesday, according to Acting Chief Town and Country Planner Frederick Southwell.
He told OBSERVER Media he’s looking forward to the meeting so that “everyone can be singing from the same hymn sheet,” since the project would ultimately bring “much economic benefit and employment to Antiguans.”
This echoes the sentiments of Orange Limited which is developing the multi-million dollar gated community at Pearns and the company which erected the gate in an effort to stop the illegal sand-mining taking place, to the detriment of the five popular beaches there.
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