Responding to an announcement by the Prime Minister Holness yesterday, Dr. Phillips urged that the review goes further than the spatial and transport concerns outlined by the Prime Minister to include other technical issues raised by hydrologists and other technical experts.
The review, he said, must also include details of the divestment process used by the SCJ to sell the lands, which is known to be among Jamaica’s most productive agricultural lands.
The Opposition Leader is also proposing that the review should include independent state commissions, including the Auditor General and the Water Resources Authority to ensure transparency and technically sound decisions, which will not compromise the constitutional rights of existing residents of the wider Portmore area to enjoy their properties.
Dr. Phillips also wants public consultation as part of the review so that property owners in the numerous housing and business developments in the Southern St. Catherine Plains, in general and Portmore in particular, can contribute to the planning process of this important landmark development project.
“The contribution of the independent commissions and the people are extremely necessary as the government and its agencies could not be expected to review themselves,” said Dr. Phillips.
The Opposition Leader said his proposals are intended to improve the outcomes of the review ordered by the Prime Minister and should not be viewed as hostility to the Bernard Lodge project.
It is important, he said, that the issues raised in the public square are fully aired to the satisfactory conclusion of all parties.
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