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PLP to hold airport meeting

Deputy Leader and Shadow Finance Minister, David Burt, speaks at a previous PLP Town Hall Meeting on the airport redevelopment.

The Progressive Labour Party will hold another town hall meeting to discuss the Bermuda Government’s plans to redevelop the airport later this week.

David Burt, the Shadow Finance Minister, and Lawrence Scott, the Shadow Transport Minister, will make up the panel while the meeting will be moderated by senator Renne Ming.

A PLP statement released this afternoon said: “The One Bermuda Alliance government has yet to fulfil the requirements of the Letter of Entrustment, given to them by the UK Government regarding the Airport Redevelopment Project.

“Therefore, the Progressive Labour Party invites all concerned citizens to a town hall meeting on “The Privatisation of Bermuda’s Airport” to be held on Thursday at 7pm at St. George’s Cricket Club.”

During the meeting the panellists will review the independent Deloitte report on the airport project and look at the conditions imposed by the UK Government for the redevelopment to go ahead.

The statement says: “It is critical that the largest capital project in Bermuda’s history is executed correctly.

“We as a country cannot afford to get this wrong, especially as the OBA is planning on giving Aecon the rights to control our air terminal for the next 35 years.

“From the outset of this project, we have urged the Government to put the airport project out to competitive tender to ensure that Bermuda gets the best deal possible.

“Further, we agree with the independent Deloitte report which states that the Government must use a “Public Sector Comparator” to ensure that the public-private partnership that they have agreed to makes the most long-term economic sense for Bermuda.”

The Opposition urged residents to read the independent Deloitte report that can be found online at www.parliament.bm