Victory for Trouyah Res­i­dents

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Toni Ni­cholas

The res­i­dents of Trouya are cel­e­brat­ing. And with good rea­son: they have won their battle against the con­struc­tion at Trouya cove, a tiny but pic­turesque beach in the vicin­ity. Ac­cord­ing to Lin­coln Weekes, one of the res­i­dents who led the charge, it was only on Thurs­day this week that he re­ceived the news that the Devel­op­ment Con­trol Author­ity (DCA) had re­jected the pro­posed devel­op­ment.

“We had been try­ing to find out when the DCA board would be meet­ing to de­cide,” Weekes said. He and his fel­low pro­test­ers had sub­mit­ted their pe­ti­tion last De­cem­ber but it turned out a new board had not been in place up to the first week of March.

“I must say I was pleas­antly sur­prised that the new board de­cided not to give the pro­posed project the green light,” Weekes told the STAR. “This is a bit of a re­prieve but while we are happy, we are still main­tain­ing a de­fen­sive for any fu­ture plans. We feel cer­tain there is some sort of Plan B.”

The Trouya res­i­dents had re­ceived wide­spread sup­port for their pe­ti­tion in­clud­ing the back­ing of Gros Islet fish­ers and the con­stituency’s for­mer MP Leonard “Spi­der” Montoute. The cur­rent MP Emma Hyp­polyte had also sup­ported the pro­test­ers, al­beit “qui­etly” the STAR was told.

What a won­der­ful mes­sage to the na­tion she would have sent had the MP set aside par­ti­san pol­i­tics and openly demon­strated her sup­port by stand­ing with her pre­de­ces­sor and the Trouya res­i­dents.

From the DCA per­spec­tive “there has been strong op­po­si­tion against the devel­op­ment by the landown­ers, the com­mu­nity.”

Mean­while the Trouya Pointe Com­mu­nity would like to thank the gen­eral public for “its sup­port of our op­po­si­tion to this pro­posal which would have not only im­pacted the Trouya Pointe res­i­dents but the wider pop­u­la­tion.”

Among other sup­port­ers were the Corinth Sec­ondary and Cas­tries Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary Schools, St. Mary’s Col­lege and The St. Joseph Con­vent. “It is th­ese in­sti­tu­tions that touch most of the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for de­lib­er­at­ing this de­ci­sion and they re­ally did un­der­stand the broader is­sue at hand,” Weekes said. He is op­ti­mistic that this prece­dent will spur Saint Lu­cians into let­ting their voices be heard in other mat­ters of public in­ter­est. “We can­not just sit idly by and al­low our coun­try to be any fur­ther pros­ti­tuted.”

Pic­turesque Trouya beach will re­main for public use,

at least for now.

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