Men working on the old National Insurance Building which will be demolished to make way for a public park. (Picture by Reco Moore)
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People living in congested areas in and around Bridgetown will welcome new public green spaces, says Senator Lucille Moe.
The Leader of Public Business in the Senate made the point as she led off debate Wednesday on the acquisition of a parcel of land at Pine Plantation Road, St Michael, where the new headquarters of the Barbados Fire Service will be built.
The old headquarters, at Probyn Street, and the nearby old National Insurance building on the corner of Fairchild Street, The City, are both to be demolished and replaced with the Golden Square Freedom Park this year.
The land will be leased for 30 years as part as an operating lease which includes maintenance of land, and will be rented by the National Insurance Scheme for $100 a year for a three-year period.
“There is always a need for green space. It brings a level of comfort in City environs, a chance to go outside and be comfortable,” Moe told colleagues.
“We know complications of housing in City environs. The area has one or two green spaces which would benefit from an expansion. There is a neighbourhood extremely close to the area and it’s very densely populated. The move is one that is welcomed by citizens who want additional space,” she said about the areas of Wellington Street and Nelson Street.
Moe said the new fire station still had to be within the area it had to service, hence the move to Pine Plantation Road, which was still close to the environs of Bridgetown.
“You can get in and out with a level of speed not now present, when trying to come out of a busy area. It will not be in as congested an area.” (BA)