Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2015 Contents ANNA-LISA PAUL
Five months after he was ordered to halt dem-
olition of the historical Greyfriars Church of Scot-
land, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, owner Alfred
Galy has completed demolition and clearance work
at the site.
In fact, Galy is eagerly looking forward to erecting
a high-rise building and shopping mall at the loca-
Saying it "was in the hands of the architects and
engineers," the normally tight-lipped businessman
came alive as he revealed some of the conceptual
design plans for the 100,000 square feet, which is
seeking to incorporate the remaining facade of the
In the past few weeks, workmen continued dem-
olition of the southern and eastern walls, leaving the
western facing wall as the lone reminder of the struc-
ture that previously occupied the site.
During a demolition exercise on November 30,
2014, workmen bulldozed the church hall and the
northern wall of the building.
The eastern, western and southern walls remained
standing but were exposed to the elements as work-
men were prevented from entering the site due to
an injunction secured by the Port-of-Spain City Cor-
poration to prevent any further demolition.
Conservationists were also lobbying for the site to
be listed as part of the Woodford Square Historical
District and had resulted in the National Trust
moving to acquire it as a heritage site.
Elaborating about his vision for the site which he
claimed he "paid an arm and a leg for," Galy said
he understood the need to preserve its history.
Admitting it was now a "matter for the profes-
sionals to decide," Galy said the new building would
also feature arts and crafts offerings.
Questioned how the church s facade will be includ-
ed in the new design, Galy said: "If it s not salvageable,
we may have to take it down and try to put it back."
Referring to the improvements in technology, Galy
said pictures could be taken and workmen could
Claiming the facade was a danger to the public
at the moment, Galy remained firm that "technology
today can assist in replacing it with better quality
Stating that the building has been in decay for
the past 30 years, Galy said the "original elements
are no longer there" which included the moscone
tiles, the asbestos ceiling and the galvanise roofing
which he said was termite ridden and needed to be
"To restore this building to its original condition
would have taken 15 to 20 years and another $20
million in protection services," Galy said, adding:
"We have to be real sometimes and to put back this
building is a costly affair and a long story."
Attempts to contact officials of the non-govern-
mental group Citizens for Conservation proved futile,
while deputy mayor Keron Valentine said no doc-
uments had yet been presented to the corporation
for approval regarding building at the site.
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for APRIL 21ST, 2015
As investigations continue into the
death of first-time mother, Keisha
Ayers, officials of the North West
Regional Authority (NWRHA) has
reached out to the common-law-hus-
band, Juma Charles.
TT Guardian was informed that
Charles was contacted and interviewed
by the Chief of Staff Women s Hospital,
Dr Karen Sohan and a quality control
However, Charles has not yet been
given any sort of closure surrounding
Ayers death and is hoping that some-
thing comes out of the ongoing inves-
An autopsy performed on Ayers body
revealed that she developed 13 gall-
stones, which caused an infection. It
also revealed she developed blood clots.
The autopsy was done on Monday
at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex mortuary, Mount Hope.
It revealed the cause of death was
due to bilateral pulmonary thrombo-
emboli; Deep vein thrombosis and
After going through labour for over
12 hours, Ayers was taken to the oper-
ating theatre on April 9 for an emer-
At about 9.22 pm that same day,
baby Daniel Charles was born. He was
a healthy baby and weighed close to
Charles, claimed he was told by doc-
tors his baby had to be hospitalised for
a few days because he had been infected
with bacteria in his blood and had to
be placed on antibiotics. Ayers was dis-
charged on April 13.
Charles said in the days that followed
Ayers complained about excruciating
pains and her legs "locking up." He
said he thought that was normal for
someone who underwent C-section.
When her pains grew worse and she
began to grow very weak, Charles
attempted to take her to the hospital
But while attempting to leave the
house, Ayers fell to the ground and told
him she could not go on because she
did not have the strength.
She was taken to the Arima District
Hospital via ambulance but was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
Owner looking to erect high-rise building
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