Hippolyte concerned development threatens Piton world heritage status
The Saint Lucia Labor Party’s (SLP) selected candidate for Soufriere says the ongoing development, which borders the ‘No build zone’ at the base of Gros Piton, is putting the Piton’s World Heritage Status in jeopardy.
Emma Hippolyte says she visited the site recently with the Saint Lucia National Trust and was shocked to see what was happening.
“It is an area of grave concern not only to me but to all Saint Lucians,” Hippolyte declared.
Aerial view of the site
She continued, “The information that we received on site is that the property is almost 80 acres of land and when we saw where they showed us as the boundaries, to me if we don’t manage it we will not have a Piton as we know it.”
The twin volcanic peaks that have become a symbol of Saint Lucia and a key tourist attraction were named a World Heritage Site in 2005 and is protected as a result.
“That is a national treasure and we must do all in our power to keep it there,” Hippolyte lamented.
“The Pitons belong not only to the people of Soufriere and Choiseul you know, it belongs to all Saint Lucians. That is the landmark that the international world uses to recognize our little island and we must guard this jealously.
So…the people have purchased, I believe as a Government and as a people we need to sit down and say what it is they can and cannot do and if they don’t understand it then Government should aquire…It is ours,” Hippolyte said.