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Fri 25th Sep 2015

Another $55 million wasted on Argyle Airport

In August 2015, the ULP regime approved another $13 million to be spent on Argyle. On top of this, in September 2015, the ULP regime approved a further $42 million to be spent on Argyle. In total now, about $850 million has been wasted on Argyle airport.

The original cost of the Argyle airport project was given as $502 million on page 17 of the Environmental Impact Assessment. The Argyle airport is already about $350 million over budget, and there is no end in sight for how many millions of dollars more the ULP regime intends to waste on Argyle.

The 2007 Argyle airport wind data shows that there are very strong and dangerous gusty winds at Argyle blowing East / West. The Argyle runway is North / South and this means the strong and dangerous gusty winds at Argyle blow perpendicular to the runway.

The strong and dangerous gusty crosswinds make it highly unlikely that Argyle airport will get a licence to operate passenger flights. Why then does the ULP regime continue to waste millions of dollars more on Argyle airport?

It is time that we stop wasting millions of dollars on this airport for tourists and focus on Vincentians’ needs instead.

Thousands of poorer families are unable to pay for school uniforms, school fees and school books. An SVG government should be focused on helping these poorer families by making school uniforms and school books free and abolishing school fees.

In the Budget Estimates 2015, only $14,782,000 was allocated for education. It is immoral that the ULP regime is throwing away a further $55 million on Argyle airport when so many families are struggling with educational costs for their children.

In the Budget Estimates 2015, only $25,169,000 was allocated for health. It is immoral that the ULP regime is throwing away a further $55 million on Argyle airport when our health system is in such a poor state. The Kingstown hospital is in urgent need of refurbishment. Many thousands of Vincentians are unable to afford medicines. An SVG government should prioritise Vincentians’ needs.

In SVG, there is a high level of unemployment. Many thousands of people have been unemployed for years. It is immoral that the ULP regime is throwing away a further $55 million on Argyle airport. More should be done to create jobs for our people now. Already 8 years have been wasted focusing on Argyle airport. Our people’s needs are being neglected.

Many thousands of households have no mains water and electricity. It is immoral that the ULP regime is throwing away a further $55 million on Argyle airport when so many households are in need.

For many years now, many government workers have been subjected to a pay freeze. One would think the reason for this is the lack of money, but how then can the ULP regime be throwing away a further $55 million on Argyle airport?

The Argyle airport is sucking the lifeblood out of our economy and country. We must abort Argyle airport now and not waste millions of dollars more on it.

SVG needs a Green government. A Green government will abort the Argyle airport that is being built for tourists, because the North/South runway orientation means the Argyle Airport will not work. A Green government will put the needs of Vincentians’ first, not tourists.

Vote Green Party to stop millions of dollars more of Vincentian taxpayers’ money being wasted on Argyle.

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