COUNTRY CLUB DEVELOPMENT
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Ms F. Blair
Natural Resources Conservation Authority
I would like to join those who have recorded their objection to
this development. I am aware of the fact that the deadline for the
receipt of submissions was December 25, but I am also aware that
this was not a normal working day in Jamaica and assume that a submission
received in time for the closest working day is also acceptable.
There are several grounds on which the proposed development should
be stopped. I believe that these include the fact that we will once
again be reducing the rapidly declining green space available to
the residents of our capital city. Indeed we will be doing so in
one of places explicitly designated as a Public Open Space.
At a time when most metropolitan regions are attempting to protect
and expand their green spaces, we seem to be determined to limit
ours. In doing so we are ignoring the wealth of research which demonstrates
clearly that there are not only ecological benefits to be derived,
but also that the mental health of us humans is similarly benefitted.
Furthermore this development is planned for an area of important
historical and cultural significance (using the term cultural in
its fullest sense). I believe we would be better served by securing
the resources necessary to make more appropriate use of this heritage
and resource, as is exemplified by plans developed the Superintendent
of Hope Gardens and associated non-governmental organizations.
I am also aware of the fact that several persons have expressed
reservations about the EIA which has been done for this development,
suggesting that it is fundamentally flawed.
For all of these reasons, I believe that this development should
not be allowed to proceed.
Dept. of Sociology & Social Work (on leave)
Dec 27, 1999