National Trust and Government Reach Agreement on Former Prison

Press Release:–  The Government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) have agreed to hold consultations regarding conservation of the buildings which comprise the former Royal Gaol located at Bridge Street, Castries.

The site of the former Royal Gaol has been earmarked for the construction of a new Police Headquarters as well as a structure to house the Criminal Courts. The former Royal Gaol was abandoned in 2003 when all prisoners were transferred to the Bordelais Correctional Facility. The SLNT obtained an injunction restraining the demolition of the former Royal Gaol on the grounds that the buildings were of historical significance.

The consultative process shall begin with a joint site visit by a team of experts designated by the SLNT and a team representing the Government. Thereafter, further consultations shall take place in accordance with a timetable agreed upon between the parties.

As part of the agreement, the court proceedings initiated by the SLNT have been withdrawn and the injunction previously obtained has also been discharged. Although not bound by law, in the spirit of compromise, the Government has agreed that no further demolition shall be carried out on the former Royal Gaol until the agreed process of consultation with the SLNT is completed.

The Government and the SLNT shall provide a further update at the conclusion of these consultations.

3 COMMENTS

  1. We are going in the right direction.No good blaming anybody,but you have to get real.If the place is dirty,full of rats,vagrants living there,lets be clear here.Who was in charge of the building? the goverment or the police force? Who ever was responsible for the buildings never did their homework.,that is quite clear.The trust has a mandate in this country,and that is to protect all our ancient,artifacts,ruins,buildings,everything that could have a historical importance.Its a shame that so many people ignore,and cant apreciate the value of this building.Jail was built in 1824 and finished in 1828,in a book printed in the year 1867,the author says that this jail was the most impresive tecnically jail ever built in all the Caribean.Dominicanos did not build this jail,so just start reasoning,this was all built by slaves.This building has an incredible history,and few people,have researched it.Hopefully now we will bring all this back,to life,all the records have to be kept somewere?,and its going to be fascinating,to dig into our history.
    Everybody will have to get together for this task,maybe finally we will be able to have a museum,something to show,and create consciusness,of our past,a place were to bring our school chidren,and have lectures.All the history that we dont teach at school,that is our big problem,our colonial mentality,our lack of respect to our flag,our anthem and national simbols.All the dirt,smell,rats will disapear,water soap paint a true restoration,will make this building shine,its going to happen.Believe me.The ghosts Ricky says dwell in the building,will have a party,I never thought a big man could say such nonsence.Shame.
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  2. Unfortunately, too many people can’t see past their Layba/UWPee fued. The building is part of our history and should be recognized for its historical value. A compromise is the way to go.

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