The proprietors of “Natural Livity” erected a structure over the waterway without the requisite approvals from the Development Control Authority (DCA). Waterways are protected by the Environmental Protection Management Act No. 10 of 2019, and it must also be noted that Section 17 of the Physical Planning Act No. 6 of 2003 refers to the permission required to develop land.
The structure in question was erected out of pallets, which are deemed an environmental hazard. The structure, serving as a threat to the public was condemned. The DCA issued a series of notices, the last on February 7th, 2020 to Natural Livity to remove the structure from the land located in the Botanical Gardens.
It must be noted that the Natural Livity food operation remains. We are urging the public to consult with the authority before engaging in the illegal erection of structures.
The Development Control Authority (DCA) fully supports entrepreneurial development, particularly those that positively impact society. However, the authority will continue to carry out its responsibilities as prescribed under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda, specifically the Physical Planning Act No. 6 of 2003, in the exercise of its functions.
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