Opponents of the Emerald Sound development in South Sound
erected protest signs along the roadside on Wednesday morning.
Two large signs were erected – one near the junction of
South Sound Road and Anne Bonny Crescent and the other across from the junction
of Old Crewe Road and South Sound Road. Other smaller signs are also being
erected in local residents’ gardens and driveways.
South Sound resident Natasha Kozaily said: “I think it’s
great to see people being proactive and coming together to stand up for what
they believe and protecting our home. That kind of community spirit… is what
Caymanian history has always been about.”
A public meeting about the project, which is being developed
by Rene Hislop, will be held Thursday night, 28 July, at the South Sound
Chief architect of the Emerald Sound development Burns
Conolly said he will present the proposed plans to residents at the meeting and
address their concerns.
The Central Planning Authority will consider the planning
application for the development on Wednesday, 3 August.
Residents in the area are opposing the development of 91
acres of land situated between Bel Air Drive and Old Crewe Road, on which lots
for 170 apartments and 82 homes are being proposed.
They fear the construction of a channel from South Sound to
canals on the site will lead to flooding and tidal surges. They are also
concerned about the realignment of South Sound Road and the proposed
construction of bridge that will span the channel.
The signs read: “Protect South Sound. No canals” and “No
canal, dredging, bridge, moving our road. No Emerald Sound”.