Arthur supports plans to develop Fort Denmark

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has thrown his support behind plans by the Freundel Stuart administration to develop the historic Fort Denmark in Speightstown, St Peter as a heritage tourism project.

Government this morning introduced a resolution in Parliament, seeking permission to transfer ownership of the 459 square feet of land from the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc (BTI) to the National Housing Corporation (NHC), which in turn can sell it for the purpose of developing a cultural and heritage tourism project in Speightstown with the potential to expand across the north of the island.

“I am pleased that this parcel of land . . . one of the last remaining pieces of land on the west coast of Barbados, is going to be the subject of development . . . . The vision for Speightstown as a major centre for heritage tourism would benefit Speightstown, the north, and Barbados in general,” Arthur said in his contribution to the debate.

However, the Independent Member of Parliament for St Peter who, as Prime Minister in a former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration had vested the same piece of property in the BTI, said he was opposed to the reversal of that decision.

He therefore sought clarity from Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman on the reason for the change.

At the same time, he asked facetiously, why Kellman was not facing a no confidence motion for seeking a private partnership to develop the property, when the then Opposition Democratic Labour Party had brought one against him for a similar move.

Arthur contended that a tremendous opportunity had been missed over the years because private partners were not courted to develop Speightstown.

3 Responses to Arthur supports plans to develop Fort Denmark

  1. fred flintstone December 9, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I have no idea about the details of said development but I fervently hope they are more sensitive to the real value of Speightstown in bajan history than to simply throw up a couple of old cannons and some whitewash. Real historical development takes specialists and respect.

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  2. Greengiant December 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Strangely, I never thought Arthur knew anything about ‘Fort Denmark’. If any media house can produce a captioned speech by the former PM whether in print, or audio where Owen mentioned Fort Denmark i’ll be greatfull.

    How could he not see the benefits of heritage tourism for the old northern fort. Would this not have been great during the time of the tried and failed ‘Habib nature trail’?

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  3. Helicopter(8P) December 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    On a point of recollection I can remember the Right Honorable Prime Minister David Tompson proposing to have a new city developed in the parish of St Lucy. It went as far as looking at the proposed site by innerspace satilite. This acquisition could be benificial to the island’s econonic activity combined with a tourism plan.

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