The Development Control Authority (DCA) says a local developer is within his rights to fence his land leading to a rocky coastline in the Laurys Beach area.
Members of the public have been complaining to government authorities that access to Laurys Beach has been blocked.
But in a press statement issued Wednesday, the DCA says investigations proved that the road and the lands are owned by the developer, which they did not name.
The DCA said they have also received complaints and inquiries from members of the public regarding access to the coastline for recreational purposes, by way of a road that runs through lands owned by a private developer.
The developer recently fenced his property and placed a gate across his road.
“The Development Control Authority (DCA), in investigating the matter, found that the developer is within his right to fence his land; and that the road in question does not lead to a beach, but to a rocky coastline and a jetty,” the statement said
Further investigations according to the DCA also revealed that there is a white sandy beach along the eastern side of Laurys Bay which does not have clear public access.
“Consequently, the developer has kindly offered to construct a road along the eastern boundary of his land from the main road, to provide unrestricted public access to the beach. Construction of this road commenced over a month ago and is expected to be completed within a short period”, the DCA added.