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Saint Lucia National Trust and Government of Saint Lucia reach agreement on former prison

By Office of the Prime Minister

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(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As part of the agreement, the court proceedings initiated by the SLNT have been withdrawn and the injunction previously obtained has also been discharged.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.

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3 comments

  1. I am still wondering what is there to preserve. Is it the remains of body parts as hosts for the cholera disease?

    Which is the famous relative of the British or French monarchy is buried there that tourists would travel to visit? Every country has a gaol house. This is no Tower of London. What is all the fuss about?

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  2. New Testament Verse of the Day:
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    –Mark 10:14

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  3. Let's see what SLNT has up its sleeve. A real Castries Museum would be nice!!

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