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Cruise terminal construction to begin soon

Dredging will start in “a couple” of months at the Bridgetown Port to start construction on the proposed $300 million dollar cruise terminal complex.

The announcement was made late last night by Minister of International Business and International Transport, George Hutson, during a mass meeting at Weston, St. James in support of Democratic Labour Party candidate for St. James North, Harry Husbands.

Hutson said substantial jobs would be provided during construction and even more once the venture is completed.

He told supporters 15 acres of land would be reclaimed next to Trevor’s Way. The minister noted that new shopping facilities as well as opportunities for ordinary Barbadians to sell their locally produced items, would be provided.

The incumbent St. James Central representative also said hair braiders and nail designers would be able to operate from kiosks in the complex. Hutson suggested that these crafts people and artisans would not have to wait until the cruise ship passengers go on the beaches, but would be able to interact with them as soon as they disembarked.

Making his contribution to the chorus of speeches in support of Husbands, candidate for St. Peter Haynesley Benn traced instances of what he claimed to be corruption by the former administration, as identified in the Auditor General’s report of 2006.

Benn noted that the report revealed how a construction firm was paid over one million dollars to repair roads, up front even before the work was done.

“By December the road had not been done,” he added.

The minister of commerce and consumer affairs also referred to some roads in St. Philip where $833,000 was paid and $55,000 “shelled out” for the Golf Club to Rendezvous project, but still no work had been carried out on then.

Continuing to quote from the March 2006 report of the Auditor General, he cited other road projects involving Top Rock, Hackletons Cliff and Westbury to Eagle Hall, where more than $1.6 million was paid for work not finished. (EJ) † † † † † †††††

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