the consultative “LIME WITH LORNE FORUM” which was convened in May, 2011 and chaired by distinguished academic Dr
Augustin Charles, the following broad framework was formulated for the
development of Choiseul/Saltibus. The framework formed the core of Lorne's presentation during
his launching in August 2011.
that forum which was represented by various stakeholders, “Team Lorne” proposed
three Decade Plans; each decade plan represents a quantum leap in the
Development of Choiseul/Saltibus.
DECADE PLAN (1997 – 2006)
DECADE PLAN: (2007 – 2017)
DECADE PLAN: (2018– 2028)
In this PowerHouse publication, the First and Second Decade Plans are presented. The Third Decade Plan is the most exciting and will be published separately.
our approach to the development of Choiseul has generally been piecemeal and
without a vision; this time we want to develop a long term, integrated plan for
Choiseul; We are proud of the work done by the Labour Party from 1997 – 2006 in
that regard, which we will refer to as the First Decade Plan. During that
period, Choiseul went through a significant transformation in the development
of infrastructure. Prior to that period, Choiseul was St. Lucia’s “Black
Development Hole”: The Roads were in a deplorable condition; but today we have
a state of the art highway, and an excellent tertiary roads network. The Labour
party also during the First Decade Plan put in Telecom infrastructure,
understanding the role of that infrastructure in development. Rural
electrification is now district-wide. Not only does every home have access to
electricity but based our street lighting programme, we provided street lamps
in every nook and cranny of the district.
. . . In short in our First Decade Plan, we laid down the infrastructure
for the development of Choiseul.
1ST DECADE PLAN:
PERFORMANCE REVIEW (1997 – 2006)
review of Labour’s achievements in previous 10 years in Choiseul which we hope
the electorate will use that as a basis for making its decision includes the
experienced a great leap in development of infrastructure:
(RDP, TRRP, Morne Sion, Dugard), Bridges (River Doree & Piaye)
Village Upgrade; Choiseul Fisheries
upgrade, Coastal Protection for Choiseul Village
Education: Piaye Secondary,
Choiseul Secondary Upgrade; Primary Schools upgrade
Health & Sanitation:
Garbage collection/disposal services throughout the Constituency
(Telephone, Liberalisation of TELECOM, Broadband, Cable Television)
Public Utilities (Rural
Electrification, Water sub-projects in Saltibus, Distribution of water from
Delcer source to consumers in Piaye, Balca)
Elimination of Extreme
Poverty/Indigence (Choiseul has negligible indigence)
2ND DECADE PLAN:
THE QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD (Continuation
of the 1st plan and new initiatives)
In our Second Decade Plan, we will take the next “Quantum
Leap Forward” in development, we will continue the unfinished business of the
First Plan and introduce major new initiatives to continue our march to
achieving our full potential to greatness so that our children and
grandchildren will be proud of us.
Care: Universal health care as well as easy
access to health services. We will bring quality health to every citizen. While
doing this, we will also focus on wellness. Through UHC, we will provide free
and quality attention to the sick while placing strong emphasis on healthy
Digital library; we will
modernize our district and community libraries to make them more relevant, attractive
and user-friendly by integrating digital and multi-media facilities/capabilities.
To this end, we will also develop the capabilities of the Centre of Excellence
so that it can interface with the libraries to develop multimedia productions
for use by our students and parents alike.
Upgrade of Education Infrastructure;
Internet Resource Centres.
activity/Employment (reduce poverty by 50%)
A Hotel project at Sabwisha
(b) Heritage tourism
STEP (Short Term Employment
development programmes (in collaboration with the Choiseul Development Foundation
and other key stakeholders like CATCH) to bring about a paradigm shift in Art
& Craft technology. We regard Art and Craft as a technology, because it is
concerned with invention. Over time, we had made much progress; but we must
develop that technology further. As a means to achieving this end, we will
provide support & resources designed to stimulate and encourage product
development through science and technology. In keeping with our focus on
education, we will establish a National Art & Craft Institute located in
Choiseul where persons across St. Lucia (and perhaps beyond) and in
particularly in Choiseul can study and carry out Research & Development in
Art and Craft. We hope that by the Third Decade, through our R&D, we would
have made a major paradigm-shift in the technology.
Construction of a Landing
facility (with Craft/exhibition outlets) in Choiseul village predominantly to
attract visitors by sea.
Electrification of Sabwisha
Walcott Resource & Recreation/Relaxation Centre/Facility (at Sabwisha) with
conferencing facilities for conduct of workshops/conferences etc:
Viewing points, "Gateways", rest stops, lay-bys etc at strategic
locations in Choiseul to facilitate the integration of the tourism product at the community level and to spread the Tourism dollar
Upgrade of Water Supply to
Mongouge, Cafeiere/Dugard, Balca, Piaye etc.
Community renewal as a strategy
for social transformation;
reduction/social protection: Care of the elderly, disabled & poor;
policy & initiatives to strengthen existing youth institutions and to explore
and develop youth talent/potential (“DJ” institute, debating societies); local employment
bureau/agency to identify and provide job opportunities to the unemployed youth;
support & promotion of La Rose, La Marguerite, local carnival and other
cultural festivals with a view to generate economic activity; perhaps the
establishment of a cultural/human resource centre for cultural awareness and
Major Sporting facilities at
La Fargue (Change Rooms), Saltibus, Jetrine, Piaye and other communities.
A dynamic disaster
preparedness plan for Choiseul/Saltibus with functional disaster committees and
sub-committees in every community (with each community having its own Standard
Procurement of disaster communication
equipment including at least 2 satellite phones (One assigned to Saltibus; one
assigned to Choiseul Village)
Choiseul Landing Facility will form an integral part of our disaster
preparedness network, serving as a Ferry hub to transport/evacuate
people/supplies/equipment should that become necessary.
Community Radio Broadcasting
(CRB) Service (Choiseul FM): Currently, we have a disorganized CRB System in
certain parts of the constituency. Whilst
those projects are commendable, they fall short of the standard for an effective
CRB service. The SLP Government will facilitate the establishment a proper CRB
service for Choiseul Saltibus and environs for dissemination of community
information with respect to news about disasters, education, health, community
TO BE CONTINUED . . .
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