Soufriere Town Council Square project aborted

Minister with  responsibility for Local Government and Culture, Fortuna Belrose, has announced that in keeping with the new policy direction of the government, the square project of the Soufriere Town Council has been terminated.

Belrose told reporters today the project was ended because of a new policy direction in regard to Soufriere.

“It is necessary for us to redesign the project to integrate the new areas that the government of Saint Lucia feels necessary to be able to achieve the goals we want for the community of Soufriere,” she disclosed.

She explained that restructuring and redevelopment of the project will be undertaken with the key persons involved , including re-tendering.

According to Belrose, the services of the Architect will not be retained.

“This project has come to an end with the current contractors,” she said.

Belrose stated:

“Obviously in terminating the contract there would be the various clauses that would deal with the termination and we will be working through that with the Architects – they are very well aware of that and of course that process is happening.”

The project was originally funded by the Taiwanese.

Belrose revealed that they have been informed of the government’s decision.

She said the new administration will be working with the Taiwanese and other partners to realize the project.

“I think the critical thing for us is the use of arts, heritage and culture traditions of Soufriere to accelerate a regeneration of the area,” Belrose said.

She noted that Soufriere is the tourism capital of Saint Lucia.

“What we want to ensure is that when people come in they feel that from the onset – our vision for Soufriere is that Soufriere will become the Garden of Eden of the Caribbean; so it is our intention to ensure whatever is delivered takes that into consideration,” Belrose told reporters.

She observed that Soufriere is also a very small town.

Belrose explained that the government wants to ensure that whatever is developed takes care of the transportation network and the movement of people across the community.

She stated that the process of the redesign of the Soufriere Town Council Square project is already underway.



  1. Anonymous
    November 7, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    minister Fortuna Belrose is truly a nut ,the sooner the squirrels eat all the nuts in office the better off St Lucia will be. but this is what happens when a woman gets power ,fortuna brings to us what Hilary brings to US. was a sad day when Fortuna gained authority .

  2. John Williams
    November 8, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Translation: The Square will continue to be an eyesore for a longer period. Let me understand that again: A new “policy direction” that includes stopping work and retendering. It all sounds hocus-pocus. It only means one thing, jobs for party supporters. I have seen this a million times before. I wish the political parties would stop engaging in this poor behavior. The retendering of the the square is not a policy change! Definitely, not a change of vision. Smh.

    November 8, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Quite frankly, this is the vaguest and darnest thing I have read in a while. The statement states “in keeping with the new policy direction of the government, the square project of the Soufriere Town Council has been terminated.” Yet, the Square will be CONTINUED after re-tendering. Is this an euphemism to fire the present architects? Or worse case scenario, employ party followers. Then, if you continue building the Square, how in goodness name is your direction changing? This comes straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

  4. Anonymous
    November 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    This party .the UWP is clueless in making plans for building up the country and keeping up with the times.

  5. Anonymous
    November 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Mwen mem ich neg! Curiouser and curiouser

  6. sweetness
    November 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    What’s new? She wants the Stadium out of Vieux Fort. You Fortuna under Allen’s Spell thought u had some balls but you are just another perpet in disguise. Dont know how Shawn Edward worked with you. Can’t understand how he did not see how u were failing the sports men and women in Saint Lucia. New PS made a difference that you would never make in a life time. WHAT do u Fortuna have to show as PS for all these years? NOTHING

  7. Dacobs
    November 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    This is precisely how a vindictive bunch of power hungry clueless bullies behave.

  8. Anonymous
    November 8, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I hope they can do good things for Soufriere it is surrounded by luxury hotels but the place not nice needs more opportunities

  9. Castries E
    November 8, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Woman I want my vote back with that doodoo you talking there!