There is no money in this year’s budget for a review of the Southlands estate management plan.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said: “I indicated in the brief that there’s no funding in this year’s budget for it.”

He was speaking after Sylvan Richards of the One Bermuda Alliance asked about money earmarked for the National Park in Warwick.

Colonel Burch added: “It is a huge task that generates, just by the mere mention of those words, considerable public interest.”

He said that there had been “initial discussions” in the Parks Department about the property but added “Southlands has not had a high profile. I can honestly admit that”.

Colonel Burch said he routinely drove past the estate and was “a little discouraged by the state of it”.

He said a plan for Southlands, drawn up in 2014, would “form the basis of some internal discussions” within the ministry “to see how we can put some meat on that plan”.

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