DSH project moving ahead but SLP still not satisfied with agreement

By SNO Staff
Work at the general site of the Desert Star Holdings Ltd (DSH) project.

Work at the general site of the Desert Star Holdings Ltd (DSH) project.

Failure to heed calls by the public for clarity and dialogue on “unacceptable sections” of the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project agreement, will prompt the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to bring their protest to the streets, according to political leader of the SLP, Philip J. Pierre.

In a press conference today, Pierre disclosed that there are still many unanswered questions regarding the agreement, while noting that a formal signing ceremony has been planned for March 8 and preliminary works have started at Beausejour, Vieux-Fort.

Below is Pierre’s full statement on the project:

Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed a sustained campaign from civil society for the UWP Government to be more accountable by providing more detailed information on the proposed DSH project. The Labour Party has been very clear in its pronouncements that there should be no DSH Project unless the Agreements are renegotiated.

The UWP Government has indicated that it is attempting to renegotiate parts of the Agreement. We have heard certain Government Ministers agree that there are clauses which are unacceptable. The Government has indicated that it has finalised the Agreement for Phase One which is the race track. However, there has been no information on whether the concerns expressed by the Labour Party and civil society were addressed.

We have been informed that there will be a formal signing ceremony on March 8th and preliminary works have started at Beausejour in Vieux-Fort.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the Government to answer the following:

Will the land for the race track be leased for US$1 per acre for 99 years?
Has an environmental impact assessment been completed and accepted by Government?
Has the race track received Development Control Authority (DCA) approval?
The Framework Agreement provided for the establishment of an Escrow Account in a foreign jurisdiction, has the Government listened to the public outcry and required that the Escrow account be held in Saint Lucia?

The Framework Account provides for the holding of CIP monies by the developer in the Escrow account to fund races and pay for the operations of the race track, has the Government listened to the public and rejected that the sale of our passports be used for the Developer to operate the race track?

If the Escrow Account is to hold CIP money as stated in the Framework Agreement, has the race track been given CIP approval?

How much finance is the developer contributing to the Project and how much is requested as CIP financing?

The Saint Lucia Labour Party is once more calling on the government to dialogue with the people of the island on the unacceptable sections of the agreement, we reserve the right to bring our protest to the streets if government fails to heed to our just requests.

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21 comments

  1. LET ERNEST TELL US WHERE ARE THE FILES WITH THE CORRESPONDENCE TO THE DEVELOPERS OF DSH . DID THE LETTERS CONTAIN THE CONCERNS OF THE VERIOUS CLAUSESWHCIH WERE BENEFITTING THE DEVELPER AND NOT STLLCIA. WHERE ARE THEY FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT TO FOLLOW UP ON WITH THE DEVELPPERS. SHOW THEM TO US.WHY NO TOWN HALL MEETING DURING THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS YOU HAD IT. LET LUS HEAR FROOM INVEST STLUCIA WHETHER YOU HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM AS WELL. BY THEY WAS HOW MANYY TIMES DID YOU MEET THE DEVELOPERS. ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW.

    (0)(0)
  2. NO ONE HAS ASKED THE QUESTION WHY ARE WE DISCUSSING THE DSH AT THIS STAGE WHEN THE SLP GOVT. HAD IT FOR EIGHTEEN MONTHS. WHAT WAS THE COMMITTE SET UP TO DO UNDER THE CHAIRMSHIP OF KENNY'S BLUE EYE BOY WHO HAD HIS OWN PRIJECT "LETTER OF COMFORT" WHICH MEANS THT DSH WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL. UP TO THE TIME OF WRITING NO ONE HAS DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS ANY CORRESPONDENCE TO THE DEVELOPERS ABOUT THIESE CLAUSES WHICH WERE BENEFICIAL TO THE DELVELOPER AND NOT ST. LUCIA. DOES INVEST STLUCIA HAVE ANY FOOTNOTES TO DISCUSS THESE. WHERE IS THE FILE OF THEIR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE DEVELOPER SO THE NEW GOVERNMENT COULD FOLLOW UP ON. NOTHING AT ALL. ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ARE HOLDING TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS IT AFTER THE FACT. WHAT HYPROCRISY. OBVIOUSLY THEY WERE CONCENTRATING OF THEIE HOME RUN LETTER OF COMFORT INVESTOR. LET THEM TELL US WHY THEY NEVER CAME TO US ABOUT THE PROS AND CONS OF DSH. WAITING FOR AN ANSWER.

    (0)(0)
  3. First of all who in the south is tired of going to Castries for every little daily errands. Simple paper work to be done, Castries. Watch a big screen movie, Castries. Go to a decent shopping mall, Castries. Castries. Castries, Castries. Now those that appose progress in the south y'all are the reason why we down south with forever depend on going to Castries if we need something done. For Example: I need a police record done. Why can't I step in any police station and do this. Nooooooo. Castries. Hope you all get the picture. One more thing for a laugh. When this DSH project happens. We will then have the opportunity to call people from Castries Country people. That's what the refer southern folks to as currently

    (0)(0)
  4. The whole idea of a chinese built and operated horse race track and casino in V fort is batshit crazy. Am I the only one who can see this? The only thing more laughable no doubt would be the pathetically tiny bribes it cost them to grease this thing through. WTF people.

    (1)(0)
  5. Barry Wyndham DSH-FOUR HORSEMEN

    Save your energy Mr. Pierre, if Hillaire and his gang eh get you before the election, then the Bald head superwoman will take you out. The Chastanets did not enter politics to loose. So you or your party are not winning an election anytime soon. I saw Hillaire on Rick and he for sure doesn't stand a chance, cuz he cant answer the questions plaguing your party. The simple essence of it is that you and your party wasted 15 years of power, five of which you held a 16-1 majority. Do you not notice that your propaganda is not working? Do you not understand the fractured nature of your message and the messengers? Don't you see that you at competing with Hillaire for the spotlight? The last five years of your administration proves that you are bankrupt of ideas and you don't hold a modicum of nohow in terms of moving the economy. What did you do in the last five years? you were busy defending a 11 million dollar bridge. you were busy defending jufali. you were busy sending your consultant in the ministry of culture to new York each summer to jam down. you actually still have him as a host on tv with no shame spreading your propaganda. your party unlike the uwp is actually a shrinking party. the cacoon that you people live in is exemplified by the facebook group slap. go ahead, ask them to keep posting. you need to step back mr. piere, look at your party, look at the people in your party. the opportunists. they are not labour people. you have even lost the unions. the people who don't believe in the struggle. the kennyites. the hillaires. you need to get these people out and get back to the essence of labour. maybe you can win in 15 years. not now. I mean 30 years. you notice the flambeau discipline? you notice how everyone is in line? good. now sit back and watch progress!

    (10)(3)
  6. WE will see what heart he has come Budget Day

    (0)(5)
  7. Mr. Chastanet bring di project come dennery please...... let them protest bring it dennery valley. just next to my house.

    (10)(2)
  8. It is very difficult for essentially those with a rural mindset to absorb, and far less appreciate the positive impact of a project like a DSH. Blame most of this on the environment that raised them, which is nothing but country.

    DSH if and when it matures will rival Gros Islet as the capital of Saint Lucia. Mark my word.

    Ignore the SLP. They have peaked.

    They are afraid of the future, which like a ship has long left port Castries. Adieu SLP! You will need your white canes or seeing guide dogs for direction.

    (21)(3)
  9. All the slp can do is to oppose every single proposal made by the government...Are you guyes working in the best interest of the country or for yourselves?.....From my point of view you guys are not doing a good job at convincing the people of St. Lucia why you should be reelect you at the next generation election.

    (12)(4)
  10. Chastanet has a HEART and it makes the big different. Sometimes we have the brain and we use it to fool (out-smart) your people. You need a good heart to help your people.

    (11)(7)
  11. SLP WASN'T WICKED WHEN THEY FORCED KING TO GIVE CIVIL SERVANTS A 16% INCREASE THAT THEY KNEW THE COUNTRY COULDN'T AFFORD, AND ASA SOON AS THEY GOT BACK INTO POWER THEY WANTED TO TAKE BACK 5%

    (23)(7)
  12. SLP DO NOT WANT THE SOUTH TO GIVE THE NORTH COMPETITION.

    (17)(8)
  13. why not have a joint working party from both political parties to jointly oversee the project as they do in most countries..

    (14)(1)
  14. UWP has it:
    1. The Causeway and Pigeon Island Development,
    2. The Castries to Vfort Highway,
    3. The partial removal of a ghetto in Conway,
    4. The upgrade from Beane Field to HIA
    5. The extensions of The Vigie Airport renamed George Charles Airport
    6. The Tunnel
    7. The Marina

    SLP has the following scorecard:
    1. The Bruceville Ghetto
    2. The Grave Yard Ghetto
    3. The Egard Ghetto
    4. The Vieux Fort to Soufriere Highway
    5. The laptop programme
    6. The Grass Street Drug and gun-range

    Oui mamma, UWP 7, SLP 6.

    (28)(12)
  15. Just shot up man.

    (10)(2)
  16. Better you have your protest in Castries. Do not come to VFort and do your shit. This is nonsense.

    (18)(9)
  17. Looks like there are going on ahead, time will tell if this will be truly benficial to Saint Lucia

    (6)(9)
  18. You all better clarify the terms of the agreement for the sake of St lucia's future. and i am no SLP supporter but I believe in doing what's right for my country. and if Chastanet cannot hear what we the public are saying then I think there should be a leadership challenge within the UWP to deal with the recalcitrant individual. I am not going to SLP under any circumstances. they put us in this mess. the dr. hilarious never see come see come crazy. So i am calling on the members of the UWP party to put their foot down with their leader. the cost of not doing so is too great. let mate know he cannot go ahead with the agreement as is.

    (14)(7)
  19. move there piere all and both of yall are the same when yall did yall stuff with greenberg nothing for that

    (20)(9)
    • SLP consulted on nothing. Everybody was terrified. At last people can come and speak out. Bravo for these new freedoms.

      (15)(4)
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