UWP branch says monies spent on Soufriere Jazz “severely compromised” sustainability of SRDF and Soufriere

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UWP branch says monies spent on Soufriere Jazz “severely compromised” sustainability of SRDF and Soufriere
Crowd at the 2014 Soufriere Jazz.
Crowd at the 2014 Soufriere Jazz.

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has once again been brought into the spotlight by United Workers Party (UWP) operatives who have accused the organisation of “reckless” spending.

In a statement issued by the Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques Constituency Branch of the UWP on July 25, 2014, questions were raised over what as referred to as “hundreds of thousands of dollars spent” by the foundation to host the Soufriere Creole Jazz 2014. According to the UWP grouping, the alleged expenditure has severely compromised the sustainability of the foundation and future of the Soufriere people.

The UWP branch said that the finance spent “has had negligible effect on the socio-economic landscape of Sulphur City.”

“What’s more, it has left a gaping hole in the finances of the SRDF,” the statement said, adding that sensible financial management is necessary to address the situation.

“The Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques Constituency Branch of the United Workers Party has always supported the Soufriere Creole Jazz and the attendant benefits derived by the people of Soufriere. However, prudent and responsible financial management are imperative at all levels, especially in today’s economic and fiscal climate of large recurrent deficits, debilitating debt and chronic unemployment,” the statement said.

The party branch also said it blames the “financial mismanagement and poor planning” for the alleged eviction of the SRDF from the Tet Paul Nature Trail in Chateau Belair “because of its failure to pay rent to the landowners.”

“What happens to the staff and the vendors who have worked at this Heritage Tourism Site since December 2008? How are they going to continue to feed their families and pay their bills, especially with a new school year just around the corner? Why has the Foundation gambled with the future sustainable development of the people of Chateau Belair for a one night stand with Kassav?” the UWP branch asked in the statement.

“The Soufriere/ Fond St. Jacques UWP Constituency Branch shares the concern and anxiety of the employees of the Tet Paul Nature Trail, the residents of Chateau Belair, the Soufriere taxi drivers and the tourism community at large who all stand to lose because of the closure of Tet Paul,” it continued.

Moreover, the party branch has “strongly advised” the representative for the area Harold Dalsan and the SRDF to immediately address the matter “by restoring the livelihoods of the many young people affected.”

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  1. I am a UWP but I think this press release is baseless and political nonsense as usual. We will not win elections castigating to me what was a positive vide. Withdraw that crap and let's strengthen our party to remove Kenny from the backs of Lucians

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  2. I am happy the UWP has now open the can of worms.
    Fact: The UWP is now concern that the foundation spent monies for Jazz to create economic activity in Soufriere yet Allen Chastanet used the. Foundation money to run his political campaign including Paying for Third World Band.
    Fact: The very UWP Jimmy Haynes, Herod Stanislas, Lyton Lamontagne are holding meetings at Fond Doux Plantation with the Land Owner Maureen to block the access path to the tet Paul Trail when through Maureen's Lawyer she refused to accept monies from the SRDF . Is it True Jimmy and Lyton wants the SRDF out because they want to manage the trail themselves? Lyton and Jimmy is already illegally accessing the gross piton trail through Delcer.
    Fact: the same Taxi Drivers UWP claim to be so concern about, immediately after Allen Chastanet lost Elections in Soufriere he immediately took all Carnival sailing tours from the Soufriere Taxi Association and handed it to Nigel Simon and Herod Stanislas. The same happened with launches provided by Michael Gustave was taken away and given to Lyton Lamontagne..
    SNO do your research. St Lucia you see how dangerous these UWP'S are. SMH.

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  3. Where were these same people when Chatanet did how he pleased with the purse? Where was the outcry when thirdworld was paid for a one night stand? Didn't they think of the repercutions? You see, here's the thing-i agree that the government can do some things differently, but when what you spew can be sent right back at you, you should think before you speak. Propaganda and opportunist. Looking for fire where there isn't any.

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  4. Yea "Bambi" it is propaganda as usual but where are the books to prove that it is not? One thing for a fact is that the nature trail and many other businesses in Soufriere is now closed. Officals and others who could afford did receive their fair share of free tickets. What do you think?

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  5. If the allegation is true i have serious problem with that.Because the bigger picture is more important than a night of whining.I just hope it is propaganda as usual.

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