Mitigation Plan on Barbuda Airport to be Submitted to Court

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Monday 17th September, 2018-Prime Minister Gaston Browne says government intends to present to the court the framework of a mitigation plan on the Barbuda airport construction on September 26th, at a judicial review hearing.

Concerns about damage to Barbuda’s wildlife and eco-systems lead Jacklyn Frank and John Mussington to file an injunction in the High Court, which was granted and resulted in a stoppage of work.

An appeal by the government saw the Appeals Court lifting that injunction. But attorneys for the Barbudans are contemplating filing another injunction.

Speaking on the Browne and Browne show at the weekend, Prime Minister Gaston Browne says it has never been the intention of government to “preside over any form of environmental degradation.”

Meantime, veteran attorney, Queen’s Counsel, Sir Gerald Watt has differed with the reason given by the Barbudans’ legal representative for the High Court Injunction that was lifted by the Appeals Court.

During the appeal of the injunction, government lawyers successfully argued that they were denied the opportunity to present their side, after receiving the court issued notice of the hearing on 1st August for hearing on 2nd August, 2018, which hindered proper representation. The government lawyers asked for an adjournment, but their request was turned down.

When the appeal was heard, the judges held that what transpired was a material blow to the sacrosanct principle that a party that appears before the court ought to be given an opportunity to be heard.