As part of a private civil case, the Chief Justice Ian Kawaley has ruled in the Supreme Court that Government did not comply with Section 4 of the Bermuda National Parks Act 1986 regarding the maintenance yard planned for the centre of the Botanical Gardens, the action group Take Back Our Park [TBOP] said.

A TBOP spokesperson said: “Section 4 of the Bermuda National Parks Act 1986, the mandated legislation governing protected areas, mandates that the public must be notified of “the construction of any roads or buildings …with respect to any existing protected area”, “and shall give opportunity for and shall take into account public comments before acting on any proposal”.

“Even though this ruling is part of a private civil case, it is very significant for us because it confirms that the public were not made aware of the proposed maintenance yard nor of its magnitude compared to what was there previously nor was there any opportunity for the public to voice their objections.

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