The St. Lucia Labour Party Soufriere Constituency Group (SLPCG) is seeking answers from former minister of tourism Allan Chastanet with regards to his policy on local access to the nation’s beaches.
In a press release, the SLPCG said its concerns are as a result of a number of incidents which were said to have occurred while the United Workers Party was in office.
“In one such incident, Mr. Chastanet expressed the view that placing huge boulders on the beach to prevent locals from accessing a particular beach in the north, was justified,” the release said.
“In another Mr. Chastanet unilaterally (and against the instructions of Cabinet) offered portions of the Queen’s chain for sale to a hotelier in Soufriere. The sale went through and sale of that portion of the Queen’s chain has the effect of denying local St. Lucians, especially the people of Soufriere, access to that beach,” the release stated.
The release also called on former minister for physical development Richard Frederick, under whose portfolio the Queen’s chain fell, to clarify that issue.