Tuesday 25 February, 2020

The idea that St Jude is being demolished is not true - Joseph

Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation Guy Joseph posted the following on Facebook today, November 18, 2019:

"The idea that St. Jude Hospital is being demolished is simply not true!

There are two of the buildings that were problematic and these are the buildings that are being addressed and as far as demolishing is concerned. Everything else remains. In reality only two small buildings, which were constructed at the site are being taken down because they are structurally unsound.

Ninety percent of the buildings remains. Two of the smaller structures that would be impacted with any form of demolishing."

This weekend Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South Kenny Anthony posted to Facebook:

"It appears that the St Jude Hospital site is now a "high security area". Believe it or not, no one is allowed to take any footage unless permission is expressly given by Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development. Cameras are not allowed. Don't even try to go in with a knapsack.

And to ensure these restrictions are enforced, the Government has appointed its own security personnel to guard the site. Mind you, the construction is said to be managed by the Taiwanese under a "Finance and Build Arrangement." The Taiwanese of course, are supplied with the sub-contractors.

It would be interesting to find out whether the Development Control Authority granted permission to demolish the so-called "two of the smaller" buildings said to be "problematic" and not "structurally sound to remain."

Castries East residents visit the St. Jude Hospital site

Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and Creative Industries Fortuna Belrose posted to Facebook yesterday, "Castries East residents took time to visit the DSHProject and St. Judes Hospital reconstruction project on Sunday 17 November 2019.

The team was ecstatic as they were warmly received by the management of both compounds. We certainly thank the teams for their warm hospitality. Vieux Fort is on the move."

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