Sunday 25 October, 2020

Department of Physical Planning clarifies role in Piton development

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Physical Planning, Duane Louisy

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Physical Planning, Duane Louisy

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Physical Planning, Duane Louisy, has clarified the Department's role in the development currently underway at the base of Gros Piton at Anse L’Ivrogne, Soufriere.

The matter has been a hot topic issue over the past few days, with many questioning why approval was granted to the developer to build within and near the Pitons which is a World Heritage site.

On Tuesday HTS Newsforce sought comment from Chairman of the Development Control Authority (DCA), Clem Bob, who refused comment on the matter.

"Essentially all depictions are determined by the Development Control Authority (DCA)," PS Duane Louisy told reporters Wednesday.

The Department of Physical Planning, Louisy says, only provides technical support following DCA approval... including for the controversial development at Anse L’Ivrogne.

"Well we provide all technical support to the DCA and essentially it's a Board, the Board takes a decision, we have representation on the Board but clearly the Board takes the decision and the Department of Physical Planning provides all the technical assistance to that Board," Louisy explained.

Louisy then directed the media to Karen Augustine who is the Chief Physical Planning Officer within the Department of Physical Planning and also the Executive Secretary on the DCA board for further clarification, however, Augustine was extremely evasive to reporters and demanded that they write to the Executive Secretary of the DCA to request an interview.

Minsiter for Physical Planning Herod Stanislas on Friday issued a statement on the matter, distancing the government from the development and blaming the former Saint Lucia Labor Party government. 

The SLP responded by posing several questions to the government, including asking who gave the go ahead to begin construction.

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