Off­shore is­land plan resur­faces

UK Barbados Nation - - NEWS -

PLANS FOR AN IS­LAND off Bar­ba­dos, drawn 12 years ago, are be­ing dusted off with a view to putting them back on the ta­ble.

A hint of this has been given by real es­tate de­vel­oper Sir Paul Altman, who is ex­cited by the prospects of the idea even­tu­ally com­ing to fruition.

In­di­cat­ing it would have pos­i­tive im­pli­ca­tions for the Bridgetown Port, he told the Bar­ba­dos Na­tion: “Once you have that, the har­bour ex­pan­sion, which is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary with the in­crease in cruise travel, will re­quire more space and the out­side of that is that the is­land be­comes an ex­ten­sion to the har­bour.”

Sir Paul shared his vi­sion of what the planned 150-acre is­land de­vel­op­ment could pos­si­bly en­tail.

Pro­posal for sec­ond

“Be­tween the is­land and the shore at Bran­dons Beach be­comes a ma­rina. The is­land then it­self has space for five ho­tels that are now larger ho­tels, and it has room for apart­ments, restau­rants, shop­ping. It also has room for home-port­ing, which is where Bar­ba­dos is go­ing.”

He re­vealed there was also a pro­posal for a sec­ond small is­land when the larger one was orig­i­nally con­ceived.

“Who­ever was de­vel­op­ing the ma­jor is­land with the Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos would have a re­quire­ment that they had to put in place a smaller is­land as a gift, as a park for the peo­ple of Bar­ba­dos to have pic­nics and con­certs sim­i­lar to what

Pi­geon Is­land did in St Lu­cia.”

Since the Bridgetown Har­bour was built close to 60 years ago, there has been ex­ten­sive ex­pan­sion in that area with land re­claimed for con­struc­tion of the Bar­ba­dos

Coast Guard sta­tion, the Shal­low Draught and the Flour Mill.

Prime Min­is­ter Mia Mot­t­ley had said she com­mis­sioned the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact study for the off­shore is­land. (GC)

(FP)

SIR PAUL ALTMAN

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