The Urlings Community Association and area residents are deeply concerned about the allocation of lands in the Cades Bay area.
Genevieve Tonge, President of Association, says that development of the area is taking place without prior consultation with residents. But MP Samantha Marshall claims that consultations on the development were held back in 2017.
As a result of the controversy, the Association has hosted several town-hall meetings which, Tonge says, have gone very well. However, she reports that efforts to have National Housing Manager Telly Cornelius explain what the development entails have been futile.
Tonge says the Manager declined the Association’s invitation to speak, claiming that permission from MP Marshall would have to be secured first. But Marshall subsequently denied this, she says.
As the Cades Bay lands continue to be cleared, the Association President says that efforts to meet with the parliamentary representative for an explanation of the development have not yet materialized.
Tonge says that a meeting with Marshall had been set for April 12 at 5 p.m. However, at 3:35 p.m., the MP sent a WhatsApp message indicating that she was unavailable, and she promised to respond to the group’s concerns by letter. In the interim, Marshall reportedly elaborated on the project during a Facebook live feed and answered some of the residents’ questions.