Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources; Santia Bradshaw; and Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, Yan Xiusheng, display the signed concessional loan agreement framework for the Scotland District Road Rehabilitation Project. (T. Barker/BGIS)

Government has signaled its intention to set up a Scotland District Authority to oversee a major soil regeneration programme in the area dogged by land slippage for decades.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, speaking during a signing ceremony for a BDS $230 million concessional loan agreement framework with Chinese Ambassador, Yan Xiusheng, for the Scotland District Road Rehabilitation Project, revealed that this was one of the last pieces of legislation approved by the Cabinet of then Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

Ms. Mottley added: “Our ability to be able to manage our fiscal space and all of the adjustments under the IMF programme would not have made it possible for us to get the Scotland District Authority up and running before.

“But we are now satisfied, especially as we seek to turn the corner with this pandemic, that there must be a rationalisation of institutions, particularly the Soil Conservation [Unit], which is too narrow and even though there will continue to be major work on soil regeneration, ironically, we’ve had the institution, but we’ve never had a major programme of regeneration of soils, but only stabilisation from the point of view of erosion.”

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