by Linda Straker
- In-person consultations resumed Tuesday, 6 April
- Levera Development Project is a CBI approved project by a Singaporean company
The Levera Development Project has continued community consultations as part of its strategy to keep residents in the local St Patrick community and surrounding areas informed about the project, including findings and recommendations from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
In keeping with its promise to engage the local community, the principals of the Levera project begun a series of consultations in February 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic, and continued through December 2020 via door-to-door surveys.
In-person consultations resumed last Tuesday, 6 April and another is expected to be held in the coming days, with respect to the EIA.
A member of the St Patrick Environment and Community Tourism Organisation (SPECTO) has confirmed that the consultation was held, and an update was shared with the community.
Without sharing in-depth details, Claudette Pitt, who is presently the President of SPECTO said that though she did not attend the consultation personally, she was informed by members of her organisation that the EIA consultant has recommended several changes to the project. SPECTO is a not-for-profit community organisation focused on raising awareness of environmental protection. “They have recommended a reduction in the size of the hotel and number of rooms,” she said.
A representative of the company conducting the EIA has confirmed that there will be changes to the project but stated that details will be shared after the conclusion of consultations with the community.
The Levera Development Project is a Citizenship by Investment (CBI) approved project that is being undertaken by a company out of Singapore. The hotel development has promised to transform the economic landscape of St Patrick and the surrounding communities.
Since the project was announced 2 years ago, several environmental advocates openly called for a stop to the project because of what they claim will be negative environmental impact on the protected sites within proximity of the project.
The developers have publicly stated that they plan to strictly adhere to environmental best practices in the construction of their project and will work with the relevant authorities and various other stakeholders in doing so.
A representative of the project explains that the ongoing consultations centred around the EIA are designed to engage with the community in a transparent manner, to ensure that there is partnership and responsibility in development.
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