The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] has created a video presentation “Devonshire Marsh Under Threat,” detailing their objection to any proposed development in the area.
Devonshire Marsh’s unique marshland area offers some of Bermuda’s finest arable land and it it is refuge to one of the highest bio-diversities of freshwater aquatic life in Bermuda.
Devonshire Marsh is recognized for its aesthetic, scientific and economic value through zoning restrictions and Protected Species Order 2012. Despite this recognition and protective orders a developer is trying to irrevocably convert several acres of this best remaining example of extensive marshland into an industrial zone.
Last year BEST rendered their objection to the proposed building on the area by Island Construction, which is owned by Cabinet Minister Zane Desilva. The application was originally rejected by the Planning Department but approved on appeal by then Environment Minister Walter Roban.
Mr Roban resigned from his position as Minister for Public Works in November after coming under fire for his decision to allow the planning appeals by both Minister Desilva and Minister Wayne Furbert. Government said his decision on the appeals was void because Mr Roban had already left the Environment and Planning portfolio before his Parliamentary colleagues had been notified.
In mid-November the newly appointed Minister of the Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Strategy Marc Bean said he will review the planning files, and make a decision on the appeals. The decision is still pending.
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