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Park development opponents urged to attend meeting

Opponents of the proposed maintenance yard development in the Botanical Gardens have been asked to attend a public meeting on the project, called for tomorrow night.

A spokesman for the group Take Back Our Park called on its supporters to “voice their disapproval as well as expressing concern at the short notice that was given about this meeting”.

The forum will be held in the Berkeley Institute cafetorium from 6pm to 8pm.

The project to develop a maintenance yard servicing the Department of Parks has been on hold since a temporary injunction was granted earlier this year forbidding the Government from proceeding with work at the site.

However a notice was published earlier this week, with a statement on the Bermuda Government website inviting the public to an information and consultation session on the project.

Work on the yard started in 2013, in an industrial site that had been left badly damaged in 2003 by Hurricane Fabian.

Opponents maintain that other sites would be more suitable for the hub, described as a mustering post for up to 120 Parks staff, as well as a parking lot for all the department's heavy vehicles, trucks, equipment and trailers.

The spokesman added: “When the injunction was granted the Chief Justice took into account a petition against the plans which was signed by about 5 per cent of Bermuda's population.

“We fully appreciate the need for a new headquarters for the Parks staff who have had to put up with inferior accommodation for a long time, but we feel that the site of the old maintenance yard is not suitable.

“It is a national park and as such should be protected. The site should be cleared and returned to parkland.”

An aerial shot of the Botanical Gardens' old maintenance yard (File photograph)

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Published November 09, 2016 at 3:31 pm (Updated November 09, 2016 at 3:31 pm)

Park development opponents urged to attend meeting

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