Heirlooms could be taken
FOR THE FIRST TIME, Barbadians who own family heirlooms or items considered important historical relics may face the possibility of these items being compulsorily acquired by Government.
This is likely if the new Preservation Of Antiquities And Relics Bill, first brought to Parliament in 2006 but now being debated, is passed into law.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley explained the ramifications of the bill while reintroducing it in an amended form to the House of Assembly yesterday, stating that it would confer “far-reaching powers, including entering and searching private properties”, as well as the compulsory acquisition of any historical relic.
He explained that the process, administered by the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, would involve written notification to the owner regarding any intention to inspect the relic, followed by an independent valuation, and an offer to purchase. (RJ)
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