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Heather-Lynn Evanson


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IN THE WAKE of litter already seen floating in the redeveloped Constitution River, an environmentalist, a Government official and a spoken word artiste have made impassioned pleas to Barbadians to let Bridgetown’s two newest green spaces remain litter and garbage free.
The calls came as the Constitution River Redevelopment Project and the Church Village Green were officially opened by Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler; Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture Stephen Lashley, officials of the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. and the CDB in separate, yet linked ceremonies yesterday evening.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) originally approved $50.46 million in 2000 for an urban rehabilitation project and the scope was later expanded to include the Constitution River Redevelopment, CCTV systems in Bridgetown and St Lawrence Gap and redevelopment of Church Village.
Some of the additional cost was financed by Government.
Environmentalist, historian and president of the Barbados National Trust Dr Karl Watson made the first plea as he told a story of removing plastic bags that had wrapped themselves around a tree of the then, not yet finished redeveloped Constitution River, only to be looked upon as “half mad” by boys of a younger generation, as he placed the bags in a garbage can.