Press Release

Ministry of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration
Release Date:
Friday, 27 November 2015 - 3:45pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, the Planning Authority and Town and Country Planning Department are collectively taking the appropriate steps to ensure the sustainable development of the Brandywine Bay Beach and surrounding areas.

According to Mr. Ronald Smith-Berkeley, “input from the other agencies necessitated a pause as the suggestions made will result in a better product.  During this intermission period our combined efforts will go a long way in improving the Territory’s tourism offerings.”

“The ministry acknowledges the efforts that have been put into ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the development project by all parties involved,” he said, adding, “We are also appreciative of the level of involvement that Planning Authority and Town and Country Planning Department have had in the project thus far, and look forward to maintain the same level of communications throughout the development process.”

He explained that this intermission period was important to ensure that the ministry incorporates and facilitates changes suggested by the Planning Authority to the project design including a consideration for widening of the beach to provide a safer swimming area for residents and visitors; and ensuring free flow of traffic and general safety along the adjacent main road.

“These adjustments to the project are expected to facilitate a development that is comprehensive and sustainable.”

He added that once completed, the beach will provide an alternative for cruise ship passengers and will help to diversify the tourism product and provide business opportunities.

Works at the Brandywine Bay Development Project include the construction of a pavilion (vendor booths) for food vendors and other vendors selling items of interest to tourist and visitors alike; utility hut to house the control for the electrical and water infrastructure; revitalized restrooms; bus loading area for the unloading and reloading of passengers; and kiosks along the length of the beach for shade.

Author

Jacqueline Archibald-Sylvester

Editor
Department of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468-2739
Email:    jarchibald-sylvester@gov.vg