Queen Ivena concerned about clearing of lands near Carlisle Bay and the impact on the environment and livelihoods

Old Road resident and former Calypso Monarch “Queen Ivena” is
distraught and very angry over the clearing of acres of land near
Carlisle Bay, where an excavator has been at work for the past two
Not only Ivena, but other community residents are expressing
concern about the wanton destruction of the mangrove area that
adjoins the sea – and which is a breeding ground for sea life.
They are concerned about the impact this clearing of the mile-long
mangrove swamp will have, as a soil-based trail is now blocking the
Officials from the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the
Development Control Authority (DCA) – which are responsible for
approving land development – reportedly have said they knew

nothing about the clearing and have promised to visit the site to see
what is taking place.

According to another news report, a senior environment officer
claimed that the DoE learned of the land-clearing operation via a
local newspaper article. Further, the Department said it had not
received any formal complaint about the matter.
However, on Friday, September 15, Queen Ivena – otherwise known
as Lena Phillip – called into Progressive FM to voice her displeasure
about what is taking place at Carlisle Bay.
She says that residents were informed that no Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) study was undertaken before the
destructive clearing was undertaken – with mangrove trees being
removed and the area covered with stones and other materials.
However, when the developers were confronted, they claimed they
had all the relevant documentation, Queen Ivena says.
Now, she adds, in spite of officials from the DCA having visited the
site, work has continued at the hillside location.
The Old Road resident complains that a pond in the destruction zone
– now filled in with soil – has fed many people through fishing

Accordingly, she notes that the construction of any resort on the
hillside will have far-reaching negative implications for the
neighbouring villages and residents.
If something is not done urgently, this situation will become an
environmental disaster, Queen Ivena warns, since the point at which
the sea joins the pond has been blocked with huge boulders.
And, she says, even the livelihood of the village fishermen is being
threatened by what appear to be the plans for the area.
Meanwhile, Queen Ivena says, it appears that the Gaston Browne
Administration will do anything for money. At the same time that
officials are going on the international stage and making pleas in the
name of climate change, they are allowing investors to destroy the
local environment, she charges.
She calls on the relevant government agencies to be more proactive,
to stop taking directives from politicians, and to do their jobs
without fear or favour.