Residents and business owners in Laborie are questioning the Laborie Village Council’s decision to erect a chain across the ramp leading to the Rudy John Beach Park, which take effective next week.
One of the residents, who requested anonymity, said it was confirmed that the reason behind erecting the chain, is to block vehicular access to the beach. “It was further said that the decision came about as vehicles are causing damage to the beach,” the resident explained.
However, residents said a town hall meeting has never been scheduled as to inform persons of the blockage, neither has business owners been summoned to any meeting, yet the decision has been made final.
“On Thursday last week the council on its own, employed two young men to build a step, which they indicated would give access to residents and visitors,” another resident claims.
No one was informed or consulted before the step was built either. “I suppose it’s a “one man show” do as I say,” the concerned resident told this publication.
Residents now have a list of questions they hope the council could answer. The first question being asked is: “Who has given them the authority to undertake such a project?”
“As residents don’t we have the right to know what taking place in our community?
They are also questioning the arrangements made for the parking of vehicles and their safety, and are curious about whether security officers will be employed to guard the vehicles.
They also want to know if the council will place lifeguards on the beach and if any arrangements will be made for the elderly and the senior citizens who frequent the beach.
But more importantly, residents are concerned about whether the council has taken into consideration facilitating the police, fire or ambulance service in cases of emergencies.
“Now, was that decision made in the best interest of the public and residents?” a resident questioned.
The resident opined that all beaches on the island are public and there should be a point of entry and exit for each.
Efforts to contact the Laborie Town Council proved futile.