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Tour Duncans Bay with us, NEPA

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 7:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We would like to respond to Peter Knight's article ('The real deal on Duncans approval) published in The Gleaner on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Mr Knight described the appeals process in detail, but the issue for us is the fact that we, the community of Duncans Bay, do not feel represented by the state agencies, including the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), the Mines and Geology Division (MGD) and the Trelawny Municipal Council, because of their failure to engage with us. We have been advised that we had no legal right to appear at the appeal (we think the law should be changed), but at the very least, the state agencies should have met with us before the appeal to hear our concerns.

We noted that there is said to be a report on a large quantity of retired sand that could be mined, provided it is carried out within the stipulations of the MGD and NEPA and takes place outside of the turtle nesting period. But how much time will be needed for the replenishing of the sand to allow for turtles to nest next year? During the mining operation that was done under the last permit, the heavy equipment on the beach damaged turtle nests.

The sand that is mined is processed and stockpiled for delivery. This operation is one of our biggest concerns, because it devalues our property. It is noisy, causes a dust nuisance, and the water used in the operation is allowed to run on to the road surface, creating potholes.

We have heard the report from NEPA stating that there is sand accretion taking place, but we would like them to tour the area with us so that we can show them the parts of the beach experiencing erosion.

DELROY BOSWELL

President, Duncans Bay

Citizens' Association