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Bill ‘a must’

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Bill ‘a must’

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THE MUCH-MALIGNED Preservation of Antiquities and Relics Bill would have been the saving grace for Roland Edwards’ dilapidated house in Speightstown, St Peter.

This is the view of Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, who said the Government would be going back to the drawing board to rework the legislation to ensure it could adequately protect such buildings in the future.

“I don’t think it [the protection/maintenance of historic buildings] should be left to the whims and fancies even of persons who may own them. If it is historic and of significant patronage, it should really be protected by the state. But we don’t currently have that ability and we are looking to do it,” he told the DAILY NATION.

“We have some significant buildings that are critical to our national history. They should not be allowed to fall into ruin, so I am fully supportive of all efforts to conserve and preserve that building in particular.”


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