“EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT THE LEAST BIT SURPRISED”
Written by George Grant on February 1, 2018
Those were the words of Chairman of the Save Camerhogne Park Committee, Jude Bernard, describing the refusal of the ruling NNP to join eight (8) other political parties and individual candidates in signing a Resolution committing them to preserving Camerhogne Park for public use, should they be elected in the up-coming General Elections.
Mr. Bernard pointed to the fact that Prime Minister, and party leader, Dr. Keith Mitchell , three years ago, dismissed the importance of the park, stating that “nobody goes there” and as recently as June 2017, the Government scrapped a resolution submitted by then Senator Ray Roberts, seeking constitutional protection for the park and replaced it with one of its own stating Government’s commitment to “creating an enabling environment for the Riviera hotel developer to make good on his proposal to develop the Riviera project” — which, as was outlined by the Prime Minister during his 2016 Budget presentation, included the area now occupied by Camerhogne Park.
The Save the Camerhogne Park Committee urges the Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and the NNP to respect the wishes of the Grenadian people, 86% of whom have expressed the wish that the park be protected by publicly demonstrating their commitment to save this prime piece of Grenadian patrimony. Almost 15,000 others signed a petition expressing the same view.
Parties and Independent Candidates who participated in the mass signing on January 31 were:
Grenada Empowerment Movement – Mr. Earl Maitland
National Democratic Congress – Mr. V Nazim Burke
Progress Party – Mr. Basil Williams
The Liberal Party – Mrs. Venescia Francis–Banfield
The New Beginning – Mr. Rolley Duncan
Independent – Mr. John R.A. Fletcher
Grenada Progressive Movement – Mr. Terry Forrester
Movement for Independent Candidates – Mr. Lawrence Amede
The Chairman announced that the struggle to save the park will continue next week with a third anniversary solidarity event at the park, commencing at 4.30 pm, on Tuesday, when citizens who have not yet done so will be given an opportunity to add their signature to the petition, which we hope will reach 20,000 by the end of February.