A group of supporters of the United Workers Party (UWP) and its candidate, Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute, are currently protesting outside the Human Resource Development Centre in Gros Islet.
The group’s protest started minutes before MP for Gros Islet and Minister of Commerce, Emma Hippolyte, arrived around 5 p.m., to meet with residents to discuss works at the facility.
Hippolyte had said in a statement on May 6, 2016 that funding was secured from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for its completion and noted it could take some six months before it is opened.
But the protesters are upset that the MP and her government have now decided to complete what had started by the previous government in 2011, through an initiative of Montoute.
Hippolyte had listed some projects which include, the construction of the Gros Islet Preschool and the Gros Islet Market and Council Office, as some of the works she has done in the constituency.
The UWP Gros Islet branch fired back, urging Hippolyte to desist from claiming these projects.
The proposed Gros-Islet Human Resource Development Centre, which will consist of two levels, will feature conference facilities, a concession area, office space, a restaurant facility with on-street access, and a state-of-the-art theatre consisting of 500 retractable seats.