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Stay & Play programme

The Stay & Play programme had a visit from the Minister for Sport, the Hon. Steven Linares. The Gibraltar Sport and Leisure Authority initiative has had to be significantly adapted owing to COVID-19.

Minister Linares commented he was very happy with what he witnessed first-hand, adding that: “I have always made it a point of visiting the Stay and Play programme several times during the summer and this year has been no different.

The changes that have had to be made due to the current situation have ironically to date improved the delivery of the activities.

“The improvements that have come about will now mean that serious consideration will need to be given to making the current interim model the permanent strategy for the future of the Stay and Play programme.

The feedback from leaders, GSLA management and parents/guardians have all been of a positive and constructive nature. It is a pleasure to see all the children enjoying themselves within well-structured sessions with meaningful content.

“For this I would like to thank the GSLA, Leaders, volunteers and all those who have made this programme a unique success within the context of the difficult times that we are currently experiencing.”

The programme continues until the 26th August and is currently being held at the Bayside Sports Complex Boathouse Activity Centre, the GSLA Accessible Pool, King’s Bastion Leisure Centre and the Alameda Gardens.

JP Appointments

Acting on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, His Excellency the Governor Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL has appointed Mr Selvan Raj Soobiah, Mr Ian Gerrard Peate, Mr Brett Dale Bridge, Mr Frederick Francis Pitto, Mr Norbert Nicholas Sene, Ms Maria Antonia Brooks, Ms Lowri Anwen Murphy and Ms Margaret Anita Hutchinson-Smith as Justices of the Peace for Gibraltar.

Eastside Reclamation

GONHS, ESG and GHT recently held a meeting with HMGoG regarding the invitation for expressions of interest in the development of Gibraltar’s Eastside reclamation.

Particular attention was drawn to the practicalities of the site development, namely the movement of rubble and other landscaping and environmental concerns.

The meeting, which lasted over an hour, worked through the concerns and points that the NGOs had on the development of this land and the manner in which Government would like to see it developed.  The groups placed emphasis on the need for a holistic vision for the area. 

Guarantees were given by the Government with regard to the processes involved in selection of any eventual developments and the application of the planning process to any schemes that emerge for this area. These would need to consider any environmental and landscape impact studies and assessments that are carried out as part of the planning process. 

The NGOs underlined that their concerns stemmed from the fact that this is a very large area of real estate and that it is crucial that it be developed in the best possible way for Gibraltar and its community, particularly against the backdrop of Brexit and a worldwide slump as world economies recover from COVID-19.

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