Cleaner air for stadium pool

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Following an impassioned social media plea, a meeting with general manager of Independence Park Limited Major Desmon Brown, and a personal financial commitment, multi-platinum reggae artiste Sean Paul has secured the relocation of an occasional welding plant and storage facility in the vicinity of the National Stadium pool which has been said to be contributing to air pollution.

Sean Paul, a former national water polo player and a UN climate change ambassador, put the spotlight on the poor air quality at the facility in late September. He described the air as toxic and said it was hurting not just athletes using the pool, but also spectators, vendors and workers in the area.

The entertainer met with officials from Independence Park Limited including Major Brown and Operations Manager Martin Spalding on Monday and it was agreed that welding would cease immediately, with relocation expected “in a few weeks”.

“I'd like to thank Major Brown and his team for acting so quickly to address these concerns,” Sean Paul noted.

For his part, Brown said: “Here at Independence Park we are very concerned about health and welfare, so when this matter was brought to our attention we immediately took action.”

The Olympic-sized stadium pool is open to the public for a small fee each day and hosts several local and international swimming events.

In addition to being a UN climate change ambassador, Sean-Paul was named by Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank and Caribbean Development Bank as a Caribbean accelerator ambassador. He and international sprint star Usain Bolt were picked by the founder of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, to raise awareness for the project to make the Caribbean the first climate-smart region in the world.

The artiste has been an international environmental ambassador since 2015 when he recorded a promotional single Love Song To The Earth with singers Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Leona Lewis, and Bedingfield and producer Toby Gad live at United Nations climate change conference held in Paris, France.

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