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‘Erroneous!’ – Acting MP On Reported Threat To Saint Lucia’s World Heritage Status

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Acting Prime Minister Shawn Edward has described it as erroneous, a media report that Saint Lucia faced losing its World Heritage status.

” I noticed there was a report in the media last week where the point was made that we were under threat of losing our World Heritage status, that is, the Piton Management Area. Let me say that information is erroneous,” Edward told reporters.

Last week’s television report said the proposed construction of a vacation home by Canadian Geoffrey Robillard on Gros Piton might cause Saint Lucia to lose its status.

The report featured a news clip from Housing Minister Richard Frederick speaking about the ‘predicament’ facing Saint Lucia ‘ in terms of the possibility of losing our World Heritage status’ being of utmost importance.

“There is no imminent threat to Saint Lucia – the heritage status that we currently enjoy,” Acting Prime Minister Shawn Edward said on the margins of Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

However, he spoke of the need to control development within the Piton Management Area (PMA).

Edward, responsible for Sustainable Development, recalled that a private land owner in the PMA wanted to embark on a project, which the government believed could affect the status Saint Lucia now enjoys.

He explained that the Cabinet of Ministers opposed the project.

Edward disclosed that the Development Control Authority (DCA) did not uphold the application for the development, and the matter went to court.

The Dennery North MP told reporters that the government was unsuccessful and has appealed the court decision.

He said even before the second hearing, the Saint Lucia Labour Party administration was consulting international partners to see what it could do to safeguard this country’s World Heritage status.

“This means a lot to Saint Lucia. This means a lot to the people of Soufriere and we will spare absolutely no effort to ensure that we preserve the heritage status that we currently enjoy,” Edward declared.

“We understand that a lot of the lands within the demarcated areas that constitute the PMA belongs to private owners and if it is that we have to acquire lands or do whatever is possible within the legal framework, we will do so,” he told reporters.

Edward said the priority of the Philip J. Pierre administration was to preserve at all costs the current UNESCO World Heritage status Saint Lucia enjoys.

He explained there was no battle with UNESCO.

“if there is a battle, it really is with the private property owners and it’s not really a battle. We have been speaking with them, trying to dissuade certain developments. But people have a right to resort to the courts to make their point,” Edward stated.

He expressed confidence that Saint Lucia would retain its World Heritage status for many years.

 

 

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. But acting PM(😂) not acting MP, you could have just said that during cabinet to your colleague. The person I heard harping is in your cAmp. But I know you’ll scared of the boogeyman from central ……. I would be really afraid if were you’ll

  2. Do you mean only to make a quick buck, you rather sacrifice the good name of St. Lucia and lose the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS St. Lucians are proud of, only for the filthy lucre? I can understand deals being made, like allowing lands to be sold at far less the actual market value, but when comes to our Heritage sites, that’s where the buck stops, don’t even think about that. Tank you Mr. Acting Prime Minister, you’re doing a better job.

  3. When it comes to anything related to our sovereignty, no foreign country, or government or entity should be above the interest of Saint Lucia and that includes foreigners who own land in some of the most prestigious land on our island. First they should be investigated to determine how did they come to own the land. It’s possible that the land was handed down by ancestors, who most likely owned the land through theft and displacement of the indigenous Caribs and Arawaks. In that case, there may be cause for legal action. Some of the choicest land is usually owned by descendants of slavers…the government should make it illegal to built in the piton management area…no one should be above the law and interest of Saint Lucia.

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