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National Trust surprised it was not consulted on Square's renovation

Independence Square Fountain

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN):  The St. Christopher National Trust is expressing surprise that it was not consulted on plans for a major renovation of the historic Independence Square, in Basseterre, the venue where enslaved Africans were auctioned during colonial times.  

Government has announced that the Square is scheduled for a Taiwanese–funded EC$380,000 investment that includes landscaping, mounting LED lights and the renovation of the historic fountain. 

Mr. Tapley Seaton QC. the President of the St Christopher National Trust spoke to WINN Monday. 

“We have noted the publication of an item relating to the rehabilitation of Independence Square.  I’m speaking in my capacity as President of St. Christopher National Trust, which has always had an interest in Independence Square and has assisted in terms of the renovation of the fountain and seeking to enhance the Square in every way,” Mr. Seaton said.

According to Mr. Seaton, it was somewhat of a surprise to the Trust to note that the project is being embarked upon and the organization’s involvement and input had not been not been sought.

“We will be writing to the necessary authorities.  We welcome the project, because there is need for funds to rehabilitate the Square, and we will be seeking to make the necessary input into the project,” Mr. Seaton said.

The area, know as Pall Mall Square before Independence on September 19,1983, was also the administrative, commercial and social centre of Basseterre, according to reports.

The just-announced renovation project is a joint venture between the Republic of China on Taiwan and the Water Services Department according to a government release.

Deputy Prime Minister Asim Martin said the project would be completed in three phases while Taiwanese Ambassador Miguel Tsao disclosed that the Embassy would provide the material for the project while the government would provide the labour and groundwork. 

It is expected to mark the achievement of 30 years of Independence and 30 years of diplomatic relations between St Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China on Taiwan. 

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