CGB shoreline revetment project commences
“Here we are now at Cane Garden Bay doing what is necessary to ensure this beach not only is restored but is maintained for generations to come. But I would like to add at this point in time, there is lot more surgery to be done and it is going to take cooperation from the various land owners… I know that does not sit well with some of the land owners when we talk about having to utilise land that is there, that has been filled in for this purpose,” Hon Pickering said on Tuesday April 11, 2017.
Hon Pickering was part of a government team at Cane Garden Bay for the launch of a shoreline revetment project when he also noted that the time has come for government to stop doing patch work.
“Rather than trying to do plastic surgery, we want to make sure that we do reconstructive surgery that will be long-lasting.”
The total cost for the revetment project is just over $561,000 and government is funding a portion of the project, injecting some $230,000. The bulk of the funding is coming from the European Union through the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The revetment project will see the rebuilding of the seawall along a section of the Cane Garden Bay coastline, along with other associated works. According to the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), the seawall has been eroding over the years, compromising the stability and safety of the shoreline, along with the main road, which is a major thoroughfare for residents and visitors to the island.
The Ministry of Communications and Works will be working closely with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour on this project. “I appreciate the efforts of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick Pickering, for assisting to influence the support and funding from the OECS grouping, from a climate change perspective,” said Hon Vanterpool at the launch ceremony.
The works are expected to take in the vicinity of five months to complete and the Public Works Department will be working alongside the Design and Supervising Engineer, Smith Warner International (SWI) of Jamaica. The construction work is being done by Ports and Marina Limited.
“The Ministry of Communications and Works apologises in advance for any inconvenience to the travelling public that this project may cause. We crave your patience as we undertake these works and we encourage the workers to exercise all necessary safety precautions during the process,” said Hon Vanterpool.