Afra Raymond’s “Property Matters” asks why the Ministry of Planning and the Economy (MPE) failed to carry out a needs assessment for Invaders Bay before issuing a request for proposals for the development of prime, waterfront this prime, waterfront property, which is valued at TT$1 billion.
In a related post, Raymond expands on why public consultation is a necessary component of this kind of needs assessment process: “Without a Needs Assessment it is impossible to objectively assess what is a ‘suitable project’. To carry out a Needs Assessment, it would have been necessary for the MPE to have consulted widely with the public and stakeholders. The Invader’s Bay lands are in our capital and are about one-third the size of the Queen’s Park Savannah. My point being that any proper Needs Assessment must involve substantial public and stakeholder consultation.
“There has been no consultation whatsoever. None.”