Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler speaking to a large audience at the official opening of Phases One and Two of the Constitution River Project said that the project represented Government’s commitment to improve the drainage in the area and provide an esthetically pleasing environment and reminde those present of the threat of flooding which used to occur at the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Hospital Car Park
NASSCO Limited and the Barbados Workers’ Union Co-operative Credit Union Limited had expressed a willingness to make a tangible and financial commitment to the upkeep of the Constitution River.
The minister was hopeful that other potential sponsors who have indicated an interest will commit to the project in the near future and come on board in keeping this place as splendid as it is today.
Successive governments he said had over the past 25 years struggled to maintain projects once developed whichhas led to projects not living up to their full potential with substantial sums being spent on refurbishment long before this should have been the case.
According to the minister, the BDS $12 million Constitution River project had been completed within budget and the 19-month designated timeframe. He praised the contractor C.O. Williams and the management and staff of the BTI for the outstanding work on the green space, which would be used by the public and visitors alike.
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Chief Executive Officer of the BTI, Stuart Layne, urged Barbadians to respect the level of financial commitment made and not litter on the waterway or the embankment. It was already noticed that adults werethrowing debris into the waterway. He suggested that there be no vandalism of the benches that will be placed on the banks of the river for the enjoyment of the public. This is our public space and as Barbadians let us commit to keeping it in the condition in which it is in today,”the BTI executive urged.
Mr Layne informed the gathering that the channel of the River was dredged and rip rap embankments were installed. According to him, the channel now had a depth of 3.12m and this would, therefore, allow for the inflow of sea water and marine life.
Saturday, March 15th 2014
The redeveloped Church Village will be fully maintained by the Central Bank of Barbados. This is a model of maintenance for Government going forward. The words of Minister of Finance, Christopher Sinckler speaking at the official opening of Phases One and Two of the Constitution River Project.
He went on to say that it is one (the model) he would like to commend to all Barbadians as they participate in regenerating these areas as the Barbados Tourism Inc. (BTI) has done.”