The soon to be reopened Red House is among 30 heritage sites to be listed by the National Trust.
Chairman of the National Trust Margaret McDowall revealed the names of the new sites during a ceremony at Briarend House, also known as Audrey Jeffers’ house in St. Clair, yesterday. The venue itself is among on the sites to be listed.
Some of the other notable names to be listed are: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Old Public Library (POS), Old Fire Station Building (POS), Old Police Headquarters (POS), Shiva Mandir, (Gasparillo), Arima Dial, Exchange Village Shiv Mandir The San Fernando Railway Station, The Wild Fowl Trust, Knollys Tunnel, St. Joseph R.C. Church, St. Joseph, Main Ridge Forest Reserve Tobago and Nelson Island.
“The task of listing these 30 properties of interest that are presented today was an arduous one and I applaud the staff of the National Trust for the months of preparation and all those who worked tirelessly in the past week to ensure that this event could come off,” said McDowall, praising the work of her staff in identifying these sites.
There are currently 13 heritage sites listed. They are Roomor, Archbishop’s Palace, White Hall, Queen’s Royal College, Millefleur, Stollmeyer’s Castle, Hayes Court, Banwari Trace Archeological Site, Fort King George, Fort Picton, Royal Victoria Institute (The National Museum and Art Gallery), Wesleyan Church (Tranquility Methodist Church) and the old Mayaro Post Office.
Minister of Planning Camille Robinson-Regis said it was important that these buildings are identified as they are key the preserving our history. She, however, felt preserving heritage buildings could help foster other industries while also bolstering the tourism sector.
“If executed in the right way the business of heritage can possibly become a self-sustaining industry. The social and economic implications of a heritage economy are therefore boundless with potential for job creation, tourism development and enhancement of the investment climate,” said Minister Robinson-Regis.
“Spillover effects can also be felt in science, education, technology and can promote social cohesion, intercultural dialogue and the exchange in our ethnically diverse nation. This potential benefit especially in the socio-economic implications of cultural diversification and heritage has been recognised by this administration as well as policymakers around the globe as an important pillar of sustainable development.”
Guardian Newspaper Reporter :NICOLE DRAYTON