SLNT concerned about Walcott place project

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has expressed concern about the future of the  Walcott Place and Grass Street enhancement project.

SLNT Council member, Calixte George Jr, told the Times that the project, in honour of Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott and his brother, Roderick Walcott, was meant to be an initiative that would bring a lot  of benefits to the Grass Street and Chaussee Road area.

He explained that the SLNT saw the urban renewal initiative as being critical  for the entire country, celebrating Saint Lucian culture in a very tangible way.

“What was being proposed was the redevelopment of the house, which I think most people have seen was done and beyond that the creation of a museum and an interactive arts education space, a black box theatre and there were also some elements in terms of urban renewal in terms of improvement of the landscape, as well as designing out crime with respect to the extension of Grass Street,” George observed.

He recalled that the project took time to develop and was ‘well studied’, attracting grant funding from Taiwan in the sum of $US 2.8 million, plus support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for the road extension component.

“We are now hearing that the monies for those projects is going to be removed,” the SLNT official stated.

George said the trust is concerned because the organisation saw the initiative as being one that would be ‘transformative’ for Grass Street and the people who live there who are greatly challenged economically.

He said the Walcott place project was intended to create forty jobs.

“It is something we need to dialogue on and ensure that there is some movement forward,” George said.

He said that the SLNT is to be written to indicating that the government intends to withdraw funding for the initiative.





  1. Forkery
    March 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm


    2.8 mil for WHAT. choops.

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      To give you a bit of cultural uplifiment you boi bo lee.

    2. Dumb Lucians
      March 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      think before you speak you idiot. the project is only in it’s beginning stages. there are other phases to be added to the project which will be added. what you see is an unfinished product. Remove the yellow from your eyes. chooooooops.

  2. honest
    March 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    where the jobs? grass street still the same? 2.8mil the youths still suffering economically…. Admin take the money so the gov withdrawing from it cause the community not benefitting?????

    1. Anonymous
      March 11, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      If they take the money away from the intended use it will most likely be going into DSH.

  3. Dale Jacobs
    March 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Well I am not one bit surprised. It is Chastanet….it is Fedee… is Stewart. Wasn’t it on his premises that Wallcote was treated like a common criminal? This administration is beginning to exhibit a very toxic vindictiveness which is sending the wrong message to citizens of this country. It is as if this man and his bunch of clowns are telling us support any other party at your peril. There is room for sweetening your supporters but when that translates into victimizing those who didn’t vote for you I thing you know you are damaging the very thing – DEMOCRACY- you claim to uphold. The issue of the NICE workers and their pending fate is a case in point: if UWP was to create an industry which employed a good number of workers would it be surprising if a majority of them support the party that made it possible for them to be in work? Unite the country don’t sharpen the division otherwise it may just become to sharply divided to govern. The homicide rate in the Island is already one the highest in countries with no ongoing war.

    1. Anonymous
      March 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Shut your bodah

  4. MR COCO
    March 11, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    how about putting the dolphin circus there.

  5. My view
    March 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    To be honest, the guys who sit at the entrance don’t look to friendly. I think its location is a deterrent.

  6. Anonymous
    March 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Aka….the Block!

  7. Watcher
    March 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Every time there is a change of Government is Saint Lucia it seems that good things are scrapped in favour of a “better” policy by the incoming administration. So in the end all we have is a discontinuous five-year development plan for Saint Lucia which benefits the politicians at the expense of the country and its people. What ever happened to Universal Health Care?

  8. Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    St Lucia used to be in a ‘Class of it own’ – comments made by others of the island abroad. Now pride, greed and fear rules. I’m not on the ground in St Lucia so I cannot comment on the day to day life and reality for the citizens- however I believe the governing body and it’s opposition are citizens too. There seems to be no common allignment but the pursual of individual goals and desires. The creation of jobs for young people with motivation and dreams are crushed with seemingly no scope to prosper on and with the purpose we are all born with to fulfill, as the environment is overshadowed and imbalanced with a defference for personal pursuit and the fullfilling of ‘if you worship me, I will give you all these kingdoms’, whilst the kingdom itself perishes- from it’s once lofty position as a leading nation state in the Caribbean. The temporal meeting of basic needs fails to sustain in the long term for it’s citizens, perpetuating a continual spiral of economic decline and pursuance of criminal activity to fulfill the unmet need of being part of a thriving community. It is a protest of the human soul not being allowed to function or the opportunity to fiction as it is created to. I’m not excusing individual choice, crime or criminals- but based on the extent of reports and reporting of crime something needs to be fixed- something is broken. In these times of international change, where voices are surging to be heard, the left behind demanding their turn and opportunity to rule with un-practiced democracy or equilibrium, leaders who sit at the tables of the gorged out, eating the fruits of peril should take heed- put down their knives and forks, excuse themselves and put on their right minds. People power is not a force to be reckoned with.

  9. E. Alexander
    March 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Some of the comments should be censored.There’s a plethora of bad words and phrases distilling in the public forum.This website should be more responsible and publish guidelines for commentators.

  10. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I agree with Alexander.

  11. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 9:37 am

    “There seems to be no common alignment but the pursuant of individual goals and desires”
    There is no common alignment!!!! It everybody for themselves!!!! No community just jungle warfare!!! Pathetic!!!

  12. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 10:19 am

    The Consultant Danion CE is center stage on the St.Jude Hospital fiasco. Maybe that the reason!

  13. jemma
    March 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    The Saint Lucia National trust is certainly showing its colours. They are so outspoken lately. I wonder where they were prior to 2016. The SLNT is losing some respect by the opposition to these projects for no real reason. Go find out the facts before you issue such a statement. You should be working with the government to ensure that the environment is protected not dropping press releases based on speculation. Engage the government so you can make your accusations from a position of trust. As it stands it just seem like the National Trust is simply opposing development for opposing sake. I hope your reputation is still in tact after all is said and done. Development and Nature can work hand in hand but people have to be aware of the issues and talk not have meetings that yield no results where its just a bunch of SLP people who are afraid of losing ground. National Trust please think about your reputation. Calixte George Jr? really? come on!!!

    1. Anonymous
      March 13, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Didnt you just read the statement? The government is removing funds for that project? Wasnt the mankote
      Mangrove on the original DSH proposal? Isnt there talk of a causeway to maria Islands. The national trust is doing just as they should, trying to protect our natural resources. Your comment seems
      Completely baseless

  14. Sue Ann
    March 13, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Allen Chastanet is one of the bravest politicians in our history. He has been very open with the people of this country about the developments that are coming and allowing us to have an input. In our time we have seen so many occasions when politicians make secret deals and we never hear about it until later on. I admire the PM for having the balls to let the Saint Lucian people see what the possibilities are for the south of the island. Keep your election promise Sir and bring the jobs to this county!!!! You are dreamer, a visionary! and people will not understand your vision because the minds of out people are still very small. Thinking big is not something that comes naturally to us. I have my concerns about the proposed projects but by and large I think they are good projects. Once we can change some aspects of it I think Mr. PM you should go ahead. And I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY in showing the people of the south finally something that can happen in our community. For so long we have been ignored. For the first time the south is in the news everyday. So people lets talk about the possibilities and lets get the economy going in the south. PM, if you achieve half of what you have proposed you will go down in history as one of the greatest prime minister’s in the region. Right there next to Sir John and that is what scares people. But dont let them scare you. Let’s get Saint Lucia to her rightful place in Caribbean!!!!

  15. Anonymous
    March 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Jemma the government should be the one inviting the slnt to the table to discuss and not the other way around.

  16. Anonymous
    March 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Vision is scary to the vision less.

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