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UDC to build walkway at Little Dunn’s River

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2013 | 8:43 AM

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will be creating a special walkway for free public access to the Belmont Cove property popularly known as Little Dunn’s River Falls in St Ann.



The move follows concerns raised by members of the public that with development of the property, Jamaicans would lose access to one of the last free beaches in that area.



Last month, representatives of the Ocho Rios Ministers Fraternal in St Ann staged a peaceful protest at the entrance to the property to voice their concerns.



On September 30, the UDC served notice that the 3.4 acre beach property would be closed temporarily as development works are undertaken.



Yesterday, the corporation shared concept plans for the project in a consultation session with the vendors that formerly operated from that venue and the Ministers’ Fraternal.



In his presentation, UDC General Manager Desmond Malcolm, emphasised that while access will be provided to the sea in accordance with Beach Regulations, there will be controlled access to the falls.



The UDC said it will also work through its community integration programme towards the incorporation of vendors in the phased development of the Belmont property.



The corporation said it had to close the facility as it is not currently licensed as a public beach, lacks sanitary conveniences and has no insurance coverage in place.



It also says the continued activities at Belmont Cove is negatively affecting the Dunn’s River Falls brand and creates the possibility for the UDC to be liable for accidents which occur on the property.



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