PM Office “sad” and “surprised” over Walcott House closure

The Office of the Prime Minister has expressed sadness and surprise over the closure of Walcott House; the museum opened in honour of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott.

The Prime Minister’s Administrative Attaché has accused the St Lucia National Trust of taking a decision to shut down the building before the government could respond to a request to provide for funding for the museum.

Nancy Charles said it was an unfortunate decision. However she said it was now up to the National Trust to decide if the building will be reopened.

According to Ms. Charles, the National Trust wrote to the government on May 19, 2017 requesting financial assistance for the museum.

The government, she said, responded asking for an attachment that was referred to in that request.

Less than two weeks later on May 31, 2017 the Trust announced the closure of the institution.

Ms. Charles said the government only received the additional information on June 1, 2017, after the announced closure of the museum.

She said there was no dialogue and engagement with the government on the matter.

“I’m not sure how it works with those institutions, but where I come from, when you write a letter requesting for something,  the normal thing  would be to at least do a follow up, call and say I’ve written a letter, we’re expecting a response and so forth,” Nancy Charles said.

She added: “I don’t know if the intention was just to write the government and then to close down the place.”

She suggested that a decision to shut down the museum may have been taken before the St Lucia national Trust wrote to the government requesting financial support.

Ms. Charles said it is now up to the St Lucia National Trust to determine the way forward.

“Now it’s up to the Trust to tell us what to do because they have sent us this request, we have the request. It is a request that we would have given consideration to but now that they have decided to close Walcott House they now have to write back to us and tell us what their intentions are,” she said.

The St Lucia National Trust said the closure of the museum was “due to a number of funding cuts resulting in the Trust no longer being able to fund the operations of this memorial space.”

49 Comments

  1. Dumb
    June 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Really!!!

  2. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    What can you do to stop Nancy from lying, I wanna know, yes I wanna know now.

    1. Abby
      June 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Tell me about it! Lies lies lies, blame, blam. Since July 2016 the Trust wrote to the government for a meeting about their work programme. Walcott house included! Theyes never arrangedid for the meeting. They just go and current subvention! They didn’t realise that all these things were part and parcel of the WORK that they claim the National Trust is not doing! I feel sorry for fair Helen. When the liars finish with her she will be destitute!

  3. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Crap Nancy

  4. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Would be nice to know how many visitors they actually get

  5. jerry
    June 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    can you post a copy of the letter showing the date on it?

  6. vex
    June 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Didn’t the pm think of that b4 removing the funding.

  7. vex
    June 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    With all that Nancy talking about (Word deleted)

  8. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    why you lying nancy

  9. Disturbed
    June 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Ms. Charles! i am shocked at you ability to lie without batting an eye lash! please do not forgot the sins of parents often bites their children. I pray your child are spared by the wrath of God but you enjoy its bountiful splendor!

  10. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Nancy I am surprised too *sarcasm* you lying (Word deleted)

  11. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Nanay . Did u guys give them notice when you all stop the funding? (Words deleted)

  12. In need of answers
    June 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Nancy, my sources have told me that the government has been witholding the project funds since April of this year and that the National trust submitted the operational budget for Walcott place to the relevant ministry way before March of this year -So that would mean the letter you are referring to which was sent to OPM in May was actually a second attempt by the trust to gain access to the funds. Nancy is that true?

    1. Abby
      June 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Amen! Maybe a 3rd attempt too!

  13. Nancy Pancy
    June 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Nancy LIAR Octopus hands….WHEN WILL STOP….

  14. Anonymous
    June 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Check the date of the letter before judging anyone. Very convenient for the National Trust. We need an audit of the Trust expenditure because we do not want anyone to get rich with the previous government monies.

    1. Sandra
      June 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Guess what! The Trust never saw a dime of the money! GOSL paid for expenses direct! So the question you need to ask is what did GOSL do with the rest of the money for Walcott place!

    2. Help Us
      June 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Audits are conductex annually. Also government has 2 representatives on council. As a member the trust is an open book to me so join us in saving fair helen’s patrimony!

  15. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Are they really going to pretend that they do not understand the reason for the closure ? Their funding was cut, worse yet removed by the same government to “tighten the financial belt” and now that the SLNT is forced to undertake cost saving measures, Nancy has the audacity to pretend like she and the government are so surprised and didn’t know that this would happen ? Cmon man, call a spade a spade. This clueless act does not fool anyone.

  16. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 4:55 am

    And u guys surprise that Nancy can lie.. chopz tan she is the PM moose girl she learn from him..

  17. Mae fache
    June 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This government please st lucia PM do not come ever again to speak with Lucians in the UK, we do not want to hear you. You are virtually useless, cannot understand why st Lucians voted for you. You will not last a full term, so just do all your damage now and go into exile if you can make it to go into exile.

    My best advise for you is the nutter who is the PM of st Lucia run for cover. (Words deleted)

  18. wow
    June 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

    So of all the cost cutting measures that can be undertaken by the trust, this is what they did?? LOL SMH. So I am to believe that this move was genuine. Forget Nancy, PM etc. If the trust cannot keep the museum running then it should be handed over to the government to maintain. These ppl sound incompetent. Btw did the Trust build the building with it’s funds? If it was built with my tax money then let a government ministry run it. Those TRUST ppl should be ashame of allowing politics to get in the way of their operations of the Walcott funds. Btw is the Trust being audited? If they getting gov’t help then we should know what is being done with the money. Maybe the trust should make their accts public for all of us to see.

    1. [email protected]
      June 3, 2017 at 10:10 am

      let your boss cut your salary in half without any prior notice and let’s see how you would survive.

      1. Sandra
        June 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

        Half alone!. More like 100% and without notice!. Let’s see how long you survive on your savings by paying for things that ain’t bringing money and non essentials. Oh and don’t ask for favors! I wonder how many favors you will be willing to continue granting and pay for people!

    2. Anonymous
      June 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I totally agreee ….. they are just acting spoilt. Of all they could cut first is the museum. How many visitor come to that museum? The trust should be audited etc. Its not their money its our hard tax payers money. Gar tay

      1. Jae
        June 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

        The trust is audited every year and the reports are submitted to parliament. In addition, 2 government reps sit on the trust’s council. People let’s try to be objective!

      2. Sigh
        June 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

        Maybe the Trust should really behave spoilt and allow you to swim with dolphin “dodo”

    3. Wendy
      June 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Phase 1 and 2 of the Walcott project received funding from the Taiwanese Government through the consolidated fund. In addition, the operational expenses of phase 1 was also covered by this funding. My understanding is that the government received the operational budget for the day-to-day runnings of the house way before the start of the financial year. However, there was no official response by the government, as such, a second attempt was made directly to the office of the prime minister by the trust. They again received no response from the government and were forced to close the place. A press release on SNO stated that phase 2 of the project was to include a bistro, gift shop and entertainment courtyard (among other things) which were all designed to ensure financial sustainability of the project. With all that being said, this leads me to my main question. Mr P.M, where is the funding for phase 2 of the project?..funding that was provided for the project by the Taiwanese government!

    4. SMH
      June 3, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Certainly not with our tax money. The Taiwanese people have a better apreciation for patrimony over credit ratings did though. Did you not read the slnt’s press release, the closure is temporary as they are working on trying to secure funding to reopen.

      What exactly did you expect the trust to do with zero subvention and zilch for the walcott project.

  19. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 9:43 am

    That’s the only thing the Trust want to cut??? I drive pass the proposed building area very often and frankly I have never really noticed it. Are those drawings complete….cause there’s nothing looking like that on the Chaussee 🤔

  20. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I believe that this is a wicked and spiteful act to embarrass the Prime Minister and the people of Saint Lucia. To use the Name of a world recognized person like Mr Derek Walcott knowing that it will bring concerns to many people around the world was a well thought out plan to discredit our prime minister so that he will look bad all over the world. We elected our Prime Minister to take decision that are in the best interest of the country and went he cut the subvention to the National Trust they along with the leaders of the reds conspired to close the Walcott House to create a negative impact on our P.M. and our country. But the world understands how opposition parties behaves especially when their leaders believes that they are Gods and nothing can happen except when they are in power. Our people may appear stupid, uneducated and illiterate but when the time comes they know how to put those power hungry idiots in their places . 11-6 losers. No matter what you say or do, our country will succeed with our chosen Prime Minister the Honourable Allen Chastenet. God guide and protect you our P.M. as you work in the best interest of our country and our people. Your detractors and haters cannot touch you because your were elected of God by the people and for the people no matter if they are yellow, red, green blue or white. You represent all of us even the Leaders of the opposition party. Who don’t like it, lump it.

    1. Chuups
      June 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      The PM is a walking, talking embarrassment just like Donald Trump…. oh wait they must be twins! Nancy and the PM need to learn to telm the truth and nothing less.

      What a shameful example they are for our youngsters! And to think I helped elect them to office.

      My entire life i was a staunch supporter of this party today I bow my head when I think of the pain and shame my action is causing our country!

      Forgive me my people! My blinders are off!

  21. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Nancy is currently the main clown on the UWP political platform, now she wants to become a professional liar! Politics in SLU never ceases to amaze me!

  22. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Why the chose the Walcott house and not pigeon island. Playing politics with our Noble Laureate

    1. A A
      June 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      Are you for real….. this one is indeed a no brainer! I excuse you because i figure that have a brain injury!

  23. A patriot
    June 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Forgive Nancy she’s so pathologically gone that every time she lies she genuinely thinks she’s speaking the truth.

  24. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    PM office sad and surprised yet the princess of darkness has a big smile from here to thy kingdom come on her face. All you see is her teeth. To me that so don’t reflect sadness.

  25. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    The Taiwanese government needs to ask the Saint Lucian government for their money back since they’re withholding it from the project (Its intended purpose). Did I really vote in such a vindictive government?? Sigh!

  26. Amie dodo
    June 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    So why can’t Derrick Walcott’ finish it with some of his wealth uh the pm got st Lucia in so much deth

    1. Mama
      June 3, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      My Lady…… no sh*t Sherlock! you mean you expect the walcott brothers to complete the project. perhaps you should announce that to them in person…..

      In anycase Patrimony should be the business of government, not vitimization or maypwee. have you ever noticed that the government only engages entities or persons perceived as threats over the media.

      Is it because they lack the intectual capacity for intellectual discourse so they spew innuendos and the likes out there so the party hacks can fly with them.

      So tired of this back and forth. US and SLU making history with their idiotic leaders sigh….

  27. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    People in PM office has no shame no pride no respect for the people of St lucia. They are a bunch of agooloo go fal trying to get rich by selling everything they can put their hands on even our pubic hair they will sell if they can. They are sad because their souls are dirty and they are surprised because the archbishop cannot clean it for them. Ubaldus like you said during the campaign I AM ASHAME TO BE A ST LUCIAN.

  28. Anonymous
    June 3, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    United Workers Party it is time to take back your party from the three stogies

  29. Anonymous
    June 4, 2017 at 9:26 am

    How much money is national making? . Is funding from government really necessary? Is national Trust intentionally victimizing workers?.

  30. Anonymous
    June 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    St Lucian are the dumbiest people in the world they all voted for chastanet but now all of them crying they so poor that they cant eat. 3 meals a day they taking. Food on credit sue cer they doing on the job for position

    1. Anonymous
      June 7, 2017 at 8:13 am

      lol…aa

  31. Anonymous
    June 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    The women working but still doing bomb to make ends meet

  32. Anon1
    June 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Well Nancy the general consensus on here is that you’re a liar!

    I reserved judgement after listening to you on a radio show a few weeks ago where I picked up on one or two of your inconsistences.

    But you know what they say “no smoke without fire”

    Do the honourable thing and resign.

  33. Lucianman101
    June 7, 2017 at 9:52 am

    So the Government removes 100 % of the funding to the National Trust and takes the Taiwanese funds for the Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Walcott House project. And they are “sad” and “surprised” that the Walcott house is temporarily closed, really.

  34. Anonymous
    June 8, 2017 at 11:49 am

    she and jadia come from same hole

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