By Amin Kef (Ranger)
In a recent Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board (NTB) of Sierra Leone Public Notice, operators of beach bars, restaurants and similar establishments along Lumley Beach were alerted of an upcoming demolition of structures that violate policy guidelines for operation on the beach frontage.
The notice specified how the following structures are to be demolished:
Structures that completely obstruct the beach front view, those lacking access to the sandy beach, makeshift, shanty and substandard structures, dwelling houses that do not reflect touristic facilities, concrete and storey structures as well as facilities with toilets on the sandy beach or those discharging waste onto the beach.
An advice was also given to operators along the Lumley Beach Frontage that will be affected to remove the aforementioned structures and comply with the directives of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board as the exercise is set to commence in the near future.
Signed by Fatmata Hamid Carew, General Manager of the National Tourist Board (NTB), the proposed action is said to be in accordance with the National Tourism Development Authority in Sierra Leone, established under the Development of Tourism Act 1990.