The Democratic Labour Party’s Denis Kellman is defending his track record in St Lucy in the wake of calls by some residents in the constituency for a change in the political representation of the constituency.
In a press release sent from his St Lucy Constituency office today, Kellman not only outlined four areas in which work had been done in the parish but revealed future plans for development.
In consultation with the necessary stakeholders, Mr Kellman has identified key issues and plans of actions that are imperative to continue improving his beloved parish and further enhance the lives of people fortunate enough to live, work and visit here.
The Rural Development Commission for which his Ministry is responsible has recently spearheaded the Eat What You Grow campaign. This has seen assistance provided to fledgling and backyard farmers. Such initiatives can only further bolster agricultural production which continues to thrive as the conducive environment for improved productivity, growth and economic returns.
At both parochial and national levels, productivity in livestock husbandry has significantly improved, particularly in the area of black belly sheep production. Significant production of food crops is also the mainstay of many farmers who continue to innovate their farming practices. St Lucy can continue to advance national agricultural development.
The planned Hope Agricultural College will provide additional opportunities for young persons, in particular, to gain valuable practical knowledge to further positively impact our local agriculture nexus.
2. Sustainable and Affordable Energy
Kellman is committed to placing Barbados on a more sustainable path and St Lucy is contributing to reaching this goal. The establishment of the Solar Park at Trents has led to a reduction in energy costs and the lessening of the environmental impact associated with the use of fossil fuels. The Barbados Light and Power Company estimates that approximately $10 million per year will be saved on fuel when the plant is operating at full capacity.
Reducing the cost of energy is a vital aspect of achieving overall economic development. It is for this reason that St Lucy can look forward to the start of the wind project at Lamberts later this year.
3. Housing and Road Works
Since becoming Minister responsible for Housing, Lands and Rural Development in 2013, Mr Kellman worked with the technical experts to streamline the operations of executing agencies and ensure the delivery of critical services in the face of scarce resources.
At the constituency level, he has addressed the significant problems of flooding, the condition of the road network and the need for varied housing solutions.
Unfortunately, remedying some of these issues has been difficult in the face of scarce financial resources. Nonetheless, a number of houses have been repaired to the satisfaction of individual homeowners. Wells have also been sunk to alleviate flooding.
Road repairs have also been completed or are ongoing. These include the road connecting Alexandria and Josey Hill, Peterses, Little Bay, Alexandria, Rockfield, Maycocks and Gilkes. Many roads have also been upgraded.
Minister Kellman has and/or is about to acquire [approval] to allow constituents to gain access to lots for housing. These lots will be accommodated at Colleton, Cluffs, Coconut Hall, Cottage and Lowlands.
4. Community Tourism
The residents of St Lucy are generally warm and welcoming and are naturally well placed to extend that hospitality to others. This has been done by engaging in community-based tourism since it enables visitors to become better acquainted with our local habitats and unique qualities while celebrating our natural and cultural heritage. Such an approach also creates more opportunities for increased employment for our imaginative and industrious young people.
One of the highlights of community tourism will be the refurbishment and opening for viewing, of the birthplace of His Excellency Errol Walton Barrow. Kellman is also eager to implement planned projects identified at the Hope, Harrison’s Point, Cove Bay, Archers Bay, Little Bay, Stroude Bay, Lambert Hill, and Checker Hall.
Action in this area will combine with the work already underway to enhance the linkages being built between international transport and community tourism at the parish level. Needless to say, such projects will create significant job opportunities, particularly for young persons.
Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development
St Lucy Constituency office