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SLNT Director Says Government Cannot Be Trusted As Former Jail Demolished

The Director of the Saint Lucia National Trust says the Saint Lucia government cannot be trusted, setting a ‘dangerous precedent’ for the future.

Bishnu Tulsie made the remarks as heavy equipment demolished the former jail on Bridge Street, Castries.

“We all know the history of this going back 18 months ago to September 2018 when the Trust took steps to protect this building,” Tulsie recalled.

He noted that the plan was to have it integrated into the proposed Hall of Justice.

“At that time the Trust got a commitment from the Attorney General that the government will not demolish the building,” he told St Lucia Times.

The SLNT Director said the two sides reached an agreement to work to integrate the building into the Hall of Justice and work towards that end.

“This morning we got a call from someone that the building is being knocked down, so government has gone against the agreement and gone ahead to destroy a building that is one of the oldest in Castries,” Tulsie observed.

“The building is gone – there’s nothing we can do about that,” he told St Lucia Times  via telephone.

But Tulsie said what was most troubling was that the government entered into what the SLNT considered to be a legally binding agreement, yet went ahead and pulled down the former Her Majesty’s Prison.

He disclosed that the government did not notify the Trust or come up with any plan for the reconstruction of the site.

“What is the point of breaking the building down when there are no plans to develop it?” Tulsie asked.

“This is senseless, it is downright stupid and dishonest,” he asserted.

Tulsie said the Trust can do nothing about the former prison which is gone, but has to explore whether there are any legal options to ensure in the future that the government sticks to its word.

“If we let this go, then the government could agree to anything and do what it wants – it could agree to pay civil servants COVID-19 relief and then don’t do it. It is a dangerous precedent that is being set here,”the SLNT Director stated.

 

34 COMMENTS

  1. Chastnet do not care and don’t know much about our history . he don’t even speak Creole very well . he is allowing destruction of another site which holds artifacts at louvete and fond dor ….. all in the name of tourism ..smh .

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    All administrations have had the concept of “destruction and not construction”. This one is no different. We destroy so much of our culture, architecture, history and the list goes on. Dwight Vener still rings in my ears “St Lucia is a country of consumers and not producers.” This statement says a lot in so many ways.

  3. The Prime Minister is a joker. There was no need for a discussion. He should have had the building demolished way back in 2016. Did the old gaol enhance the visual balance of Castries? I hope the government considers bridging the Castries river up to the Marchand bridge and open up the city.

  4. 3 years too late Mr. PM. Oh! Don’t get me wrong. 3 years ago you should have shown the SLNT that you are in charge and they CANNOT retard development. Why should these guys ever think that a gallow should be part of our history? Tulsie hold your ….. Its all politics.

  5. Tulsee wants to go Custody Suite. Destroy that junk and give the police a proper Headquarters…Everything about that TRASH is political.

  6. GROSS DISRESPECT AND STUPIDITY. Is that right, coming to an agreement and violating the standard before everyones eye. I wonder if this is the Prime Ministers’ decision. It may very well be an act of dis-respect and sabotage for the Minister. Because I can’t believe the head of th clan would do such a thing to himself. A TRATOR ON BOARD EXAMINE HIS HORNS

  7. He already demolish the treasury,…good. Let those supporting him get their salary cut. I don’t feel sorry for anyone supporting this massa

  8. The extension of SOE is to cut the civil servant salaries and pay them the same pay as hotel workers…good for them

    • I wish Lucians would see thru this PM. His philosophy is ….my way or the high way!!
      Be on your guard police officers, this us the carrot he is dangling before y’all to get your votes. He already call y’all my police, then reminded the public that his wife had fund raising balls for y’all. Yet he will praise your work on the frontline and offer you 50% salary.
      WATCH YOUR BREAD

  9. What the ****is that old jail doin der.uh.yall didnt see the abandon house catch on fire left people homeless.pm have’nt done anything wrong.all dem abandon wooden houses it would be good if pm demolish them

  10. I am for the demolition. We need to develop this country with modernize structures. No need to see this building of horrors.

  11. Demolition them all. If we can’t renovate those buildings to a state that they will start earning some income, I’M FOR DEMOLITING THEM ALL. The vagrants occur those buildings and create all sort of hazards there. Bloody hypocrites, Allisson, Bishni et al.

  12. Keema, you couldn’t have said it better. Have y’all seen the kinds of buildings other countries demolished to make way for bigger and better more modernized building

  13. This administration is a rogue government and Chas is a demolition enthusiast. You will recall how the old Soufriere Bridge was demolished just before General Elections years ago an action which contributed to UWP not winning the Soufriere seat. History will repeat itself and the present UWP administration will be voted out whenever Elections are called. The writing is on the wall….

  14. This eye sore and waste of prime property should have been demolished a long time ago. Who cares? I hope the Trust took pictures for the history lessons! In addition to housing rodents and druggies, I am sure all these old structures have/had asbestos…. so what really would be the point… I wish we would have more progressive opposition and discourse in this country.

  15. Time for the demolition of the old court house, the old printry, the old finance buildings, modify and beautify, I’m tired of the eye sore. Health hazards. Thank you Mr Prime Minister. Your vision is our vision.

  16. What a bunch of ignorant people we have in SLU. No appreciation for history.

    I can’t believe the comments I am reading. Now I’m really understanding why we have such a jackass as prime minister. It’s not him to blame; it’s all you’ll fault – smh!

    Where is Margot Thomas and Eric Branford, and all the shate they used to talk about preserving our history. They take moomoo tablets?

  17. I agree with the demolishing but there’s a procedures and this was very disrespectful the manner in which this was done .they promise something and go back against thier word there for cannot be trusted election coming and the pm head hot

  18. So why preserve a prison. DO we want to keep as historical the crimes of past, celebrate crime?
    Im 30 and first time I hear the name Goal Post, or whatever. Is this even being taught in our curriculum? No because I am a teacher. It probably should be. But keeping the building isnt how history is preserved. Teaching history preserves it. Otherwise all building should stay the same and we even should have some memorabilia from slavery times. obviously time move on life progresses. Things grown and become replaced.

  19. Chastanet is distroying the fabric and soul of our country. He is ripping us of our identity and dignity and he is being applauded for doing so. A country/people really gets the government it/they deserve. My oh my 😪. Derek Walcott must have felt so isolated, lonely and lost in this land that we call home. A land of ignorance and decadence.

    • A prison is the fabric and sole of our country? That is what you want to be our identity? I think you are delusional. I surely don’t! Let nature be our identity and beauty- I rather call the Pitons, the Sulphur springs and natural lands and fight for them rather this old structure that man made.

  20. Many voters want their vote back Chastnet is the worst things that has happened to St.Lucia . I never thought that he would have disgusted me so much , it pains my heart . this dirty white man do not like us black people the descendant of slaves , we are treated like garbage in our own country .

  21. Its terrible,how we ignore our historical icons.Our ignorant population never got a chance to read the old historical facts that have been printed in the 1870.because we also dont make it public.Course when the value of the land is the highest in the country,that is the only thing that motivates our greedy politicians.Shame on you all.

  22. Tulsuee take the old building put it on your head what histrocial building so why don’t maintain them these building’s look raggy.Politics will kill you all in St Lucia 🇱🇨 smh some lucians to hyprocits. Chastanet is the PM whether we like him or not.

  23. Shalare show, too pai see too pa la gewaway sa en too ah…Lol

    We had No money to pay our cops last month, the promised EC $500-$1500 has not materialized. Yet bridges are being built that are not a priority at the moment. Lucians watch your bread and your votes this time around. Massa is Not a Lucian and care less about we natives. Do Not vote a man because of skin color but integrity.

    The come as sheep, but are revenging wolves, examine the horns my people, look for the wooden foot.

    Fyah, Fyah, Fyah.

  24. Two fires and a demolition in the same area and only weeks apart. What is going on? Hope the Police investigate.

  25. That old piece of sh****t should have been gone a long time ago. I remember, as a young boy, when the last
    hanging happened; the kids in the neighbourhood were so terrified, by six o’clock we were inside. That wouldn’t
    bother any kid today. You kill – you should hang – there isn’t and should not be any glorification in any hanging
    but the way things are today, they shouldn’t stop. Old unused buildings should only be for Bats and vagrants,
    burn them or demolish them. History is for ‘Dreamers’ so dream on. Now lets have a beautiful swank building.

  26. Posting again, because my other two posts seem to be stuck in cyberspace somewhere.

    History? St. Lucians have no sense of history, no sense of culture, no pride whatsoever. This is a historical building which could have been repurposed and the agreement it seemed was supposed to do that. Old buildings are renovated for that purpose, all over the world, blending the old with the new, but we are a throwaway society, so we don’t see the point. While the PM is at it, he might as well put his Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island, there’s no history there and do whatever he planned to do with Maria Islet. All this under the delusion of progress, to bring tourists in. Bottom line is, the tourists are not impressed with the new buildings and the glass boxes because they have these at home. They are interested in places that are quaint, that have charm, history and interesting stories. The locals themselves will soon tire of the new buildings, and pretty soon they’ll have mold anyway, like all the others.
    Our passports are/were the cheapest in the region, our lands are being given away to foreigners, our monies are being given to broke investors, our hospital is in a stadium 10 years plus, our leaders don’t honor agreements and we are just going on like drunk people with not a care in the world.
    The idea that persons see no problem with how the Government went about this, just demonstrates that we have little integrity and explains why this country is in such a mess. No pride, no integrity, no sense of history or culture, just a self-loathing people. What a shame.

  27. Posting again, because my other two posts seem to be stuck in cyberspace somewhere.

    History? St. Lucians have no sense of history, no sense of culture, no pride whatsoever. This is a historical building which could have been repurposed and the agreement it seemed was supposed to do that. Old buildings are renovated for that purpose, all over the world, blending the old with the new, but we are a throwaway society, so we don’t see the point. While the PM is at it, he might as well put his Dolphin Park at Pigeon Island, there’s no history there and do whatever he planned to do with Maria Islet. All this under the delusion of progress, to bring tourists in. Bottom line is, the tourists are not impressed with the new buildings and the glass boxes because they have these at home. They are interested in places that are quaint, that have charm, history and interesting stories. The locals themselves will soon tire of the new buildings, and pretty soon they’ll have mold anyway, like all the others.

    Our passports are/were the cheapest in the region, our lands are being given away to foreigners, our monies are being given to broke investors, our hospital is in a stadium 10 years plus, our leaders don’t honor agreements and we are just going on like drunk people without a care in the world.
    The idea that persons see no problem with how the Government went about this, just demonstrates that we have little integrity and explains why this country is in such a mess. No pride, no integrity, no sense of history or culture, just a self-loathing people. What a shame.

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