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Moves to protect historic buildings

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Moves to protect historic buildings

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Town Planning laws are expected to be amended by year-end to protect historic buildings in Barbados, particularly those within the World Heritage site area of Bridgetown And Its Garrison.
Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins made this announcement today, noting that his office had long been cognizant of the need for such protection but needed to amend the Town And Country Planning Act soon in order to provide greater protection for historically and architecturally valuable properties.
In the Bridgetown-Garrison areas there are about five buildings with special architectural and historical characteristics, he said, which make them prime heritage culture-conservation sites.
With this in mind, he added, the draft of the amended Town and Country Planning Act had already been completed and would soon be submitted to Cabinet.
“Hopefully that can be done within the not-too-distant future so that by October I would hope we’d have [the] necessary amendment to the act where the entire property is protected by legislation,” he told an audience of property owners and residents at a breakfast meeting with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at the Hilton Barbados today.
Full story in tomorrow’s DAILY NATION