NAIL BAY DEVELOPERS URGED TO COMPLY WITH RECOMMENDATIONS
The National Democratic Party (NDP) government has a keen interest in
ensuring that development projects in the territory are executed in a just
and fair manner and in accordance with the full requirements of the laws,
it has been announced here.
Minister of Natural Resources the Honourable J. Alvin Christopher made the
statement on Thursday November 6th during the 7th sitting of the 1st
session of the 15th Legislative Council. He was presenting a statement on
the Nail Bay situation.
In giving a background, Minister Christopher recalled that in May of 2002,
Executive Council commissioned the Attorney General to undertake a
comprehensive review of the Nail Bay Development Scheme (NBDS), as a result
of various reports filed by Nail Bay homeowners about breaches of
commitments and approvals concerning the scheme.
This report was submitted to ExCo on February 10, 2003.
“It made several findings which clearly demonstrated that the developers of
NBDS had been in breach of several of their development obligations,
including, most critically, those for the preservation of the environment,”
Hon. Christopher stated.
In light of this, the AG recommended that the developers, taking into
account their significant level of investment in the scheme, could
continue, but with strict compliance with the conditions yet to be met and
the implementation of steps to address non compliance with conditions which
ought to have been met.
The recommendations included that the road through the scheme, which
remains unpaved, must be paved as a matter of urgency to arrest a further
degradation of the Nail Bay environment and the coastal beaches; an erosion
and sediment control plan must be submitted to Town and Country Planning
for approval; restoration, stabilization and clearing works must be carried
out on all the ruins, in addition to the creation of access facilities to
them and historical information made available; at least one of the ruins
should be shaded and picnic tables installed; the private roads giving
access to the Mountain Trunk Bay, Long Bay and Nail Bay beaches should be
constructed and maintained; the public parking area designated for the Long
Bay beach should be properly developed; the joint venture exercise to build
speculative houses with five local builders should be implemented; the
operation and management of the bar and grill should be turned over to a
Belonger and twelve houses should be constructed in each calendar year.
Furthermore, Virgin Gorda Beach Club (VGBC) is required to executive full
or substantial restoration of the destroyed beaches of Mountain Trunk and
Long Bay; give a written undertaking that all future development on Nail
Bay will be conducted in accordance with sound environmental management and
provide an outline of the steps they intend to take to comply with the
orders for compliance.
The Minister of Natural Resources and Labour said it was also ordered that
as a matter of law, the Managing Director of VGBC Ajit George and his
non-Belonger staff must obtain work permits.
The Attorney General also noted that government may consider revocation of
the planning permission and recommended that a joint committee be
established to monitor and conduct regular inspections of the Nail Bay
“The report was considered and accepted by Executive Council and the
implementation of the recommendations has commenced,” Hon. Christopher told
the House last week. He said the Chief Minister’s Office has established a
committee to monitor the NBDS and the level of compliance with unfulfilled
conditions by the developers as recommended.
The Minister said government would do its part to ensure that the laws and
conditions of development permits are respected.
“This government stands in the position of guardian of the territory’s
environment and will jealously protect it,” he declared. “Indeed, common
sense dictates that the grant of permits by government to develop land is
not a licence to degrade or destroy the environment; rather, it is a
licence to conduct approved development responsibly with little or no
adverse effect on the natural environment.”
According to Minister Christopher, with the Nail Bay Development Scheme, we
have witnessed a sad and most unfortunate degradation of our land and
marine environment and this can no longer be allowed to continue. He
called on the developers to carry out without any further delay, the
necessary remedial measures to properly restore the environment.
“On a related matter, an unhealthy relationship currently exists between
the homeowners and the developers…(while) we recognize the private nature
of some of the disputes, as a government, we consider it our inherent
mandate to ensure that stability prevails for the good of our community,”
the government Minister stated.
“We stand ready to assist all disputing parties…this dispute cannot
continue indefinitely and indeed are inimical to the territory’s interests.
In this vein, I will call on and encourage the homeowners and the
developers to initiate meaningful dialogue as responsible citizens with the
interest of the territory at heart, to bring this longstanding matter to a
final rest,” he concluded.
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