“We can’t stop now”, were the words of Finance Minister, Chris Sinckler, as he stood beside the completed second phase of the Constitution River redevelopment project, and indicated that work will continue to the Globe Cinema.
Sinckler assured those gathered for the official opening of this 19-month redevelopment stage that Government has earmarked money for the projection’s continuation in the 2014-15 Estimates.
The ceremony marking completion of this stage of the river development was twinned with that of the Church Village Green, which Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, declared open just over one hour after. There again it was announced that Government has budgeted for continued beautification of Bridgetown with postage of ‘interpretive’ signs throughout the city.
“The success of this project, has inspired us all Barbadians… that we are convinced that we cannot stop now, definitely cannot stop here,” Sinckler said.
“People who have come into contact with it, who have worked on it, who have just passed by and looked at it, have expressed the view that we cannot stop now,” he continued. “I’ve had it from Cabinet right down to the average man in the street . . .
“It therefore gives me the greatest pleasure on behalf of the government to announce that the commencement of Phase Three of the development of the Constitution River will start in the 2014-15 financial year, and provision has been made for that in the Estimates. Of course, working with our colleagues from the Caribbean Development Bank,” the Finance Minister said.
“This phase starts at Queens Park Bridge, and of course will end at the James A Tudor roundabout, opposite the Globe Cinema.”
Church Village Green, a combination of a park and amphitheatre located adjacent to the Central Bank, was redeveloped as part of a Bridgetown Enhancement Initiative.