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Minister has plans for preserving heritage buildings
By Kerri Gooding
President of the Barbados National Trust, Dr. Karl Watson, called attention to the commemorative stamp with the Barbados National Library and said that we need
to focus on restoring such significant buildings. To which Minister of Family, Culture, Sports and Youth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, said that at this moment a Paper is ready to go before Cabinet to address this very pertinent issue.
Dr. Watson noted that “we are responsible for our heritage”. Highlighting the public library, he said that the maintenance of our heritage is not just the job of the Ministry and the Government.
He stated, “The responsibility does not rest merely with the Ministry and the Government.”
Also looking at the images depicted on the commemorative stamps, Minister Lashley said that the artwork reminds us of the richly built heritage that we take for granted and how we approach the restoration.
Answering the plea of Dr. Watson for attention to be paid to the library, Minister Lashley revealed that the Ministry is looking assiduously at a programme of restoration,
refurbishment and maintenance to ensure that the buildings don’t run to ruin. He said that the paper going before cabinet soon is at a very advanced stage.
The Ministry will be seeking to form a task force, which will work along with the Government to source funds to move our rehabilitation, refurbishment and restoration of our ancient buildings forward. The Minister said the desired goal is to formulate a sustained programme for the upkeep of the historical buildings.