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It was with measured relief
that I read of the Govern-
ment s expressed intention
of committing more than $40
million to the restoration of Mille
Fleurs, one of the Magnificent
Seven buildings. I was particular-
ly pleased to hear of a proposed
immediate expenditure of
$700,000 to arrest the steady
decline of that grand old house.
Now, little more than a lodging
for birds, this old house has
buckled with neglect, the
unkempt front lawn is strewn
with leaves; like the thousands of
unopened letters written with
heartfelt pleas for swift state
I will, however, keep the
champagne corked until I see the
first wave of workers released
upon the building. Minister of
National Diversity and Social
Integration Clifton De Coteau
had previously given a loose
commitment to restore the Mag-
nificent Seven, as well as 300
other historic homes. This is cer-
tainly a bold promise, typically
the variety that is broken with
impunity, so we will have to wait
Of all the Magnificent Seven,
Mille Fleurs is arguably in the
worst shape. News of the
impending restoration I thought
would be embraced by the entire
nation. After all these buildings
are critical elements of our
national identity. They are cer-
tainly listed in the brochures as
part of the tourist product. So I
was quite surprised to see some
passionate objections to the idea
expressed online and in print.
Some citizens consider this to be
a waste of taxpayers money,
suggesting that it would be put
to much better use if invested in
Let s look at that shall we. In
the documents outlining the
budgetary allocations for fiscal
2013, the allocation for the health
sector is in excess of $5 billion.
The free fall of our utterly broken
healthcare system cannot be
attributed to undercapitalisation.
Unavailability of medications or
staff to administer life-sustaining
treatments are hallmarks of insti-
tutional lethargy and systemic
Another letter to the editor
offered an interesting twist. The
author decried the expenditure to
maintain a "piece of rot that is a
monument to plantocracy..." The
writer asked in his letter,
"Restore the house to do what?!"
I immediately sank into despair
when I read those words. I saw
in them the continuing inade-
quacy of our education system to
produce citizens who can muster
creative or analytical thought.
Our railway was abandoned
because it was considered a cost-
ly and archaic transportation
infrastructure. We looked to
modern buses as part of the
"uncoupling" from our colonial
past. The British introduced pri-
vate railways to India. Far from
scrapping it as a distasteful ves-
tige of their imperial masters,
they ve been expanded. We are
here chewing the rapid rail cud,
asphyxiated by increasing traffic
You need only research the
work of the National Trust in
England for enlightenment.
Responsible for 300 heritage
buildings, more than 700 miles
of coastline and 600,000 acres
of countryside across England,
their mandate is quite refreshing.
Beyond simply raising funds for
the preservation of "stuffy old
houses," England s National Trust
engages the public to justify its
existence. The public uses
restored properties; they are
tourist attractions which encour-
age British citizens to claim
ownership of their heritage.
If we are going to do this right,
we must follow a similar pattern.
A good example is the old Roxy
cinema located at the eastern end
of St James. Instead of pulling
down this iconic landmark, it has
been incorporated nicely into a
Pizza Hut restaurant.
Investing millions into the
preservation of the Magnificent
Seven won t ensure the contin-
ued upkeep of these buildings.
Our heritage sites must be repur-
posed, given new life.
They can perhaps be leased to
corporations for office space.
These companies can be given
preferential annual leasing
arrangements with a proviso that
maintenance costs be borne by
the tenant for the life of the
There are currently tours of the
buildings where tourists can
stand on the Savannah footpath
and take pictures of the shabby
buildings. Once refurbished, they
should be opened to the public.
People should be able to walk
from room to room learning of
the history of each property. Vis-
itors can pay a fee to enter, have
coffee on the terrace of one of
these homes and even purchase
sketches or paintings of the
buildings done by local artists.
All of this can be incorporated
into the PTSC s know your
country tour. Tourists are proba-
bly eager for an experience a lit-
tle more cerebral than a shark
and bake at Maracas beach.
Restoration of the buildings is
crucial but foresight is an impor-
tant ingredient of any plan. The
Magnificent Seven must be made
to work for a living. This is the
only way that future generations
can inherit these national treas-
It is my hope that continued
consultation among the Govern-
ment, Citizens for Conservation
and the National Trust can form
the blueprint for the way for-
Mille Fleurs and our other his-
toric homes must not be left to
crumble behind padlocked gates.
They must be opened up to the
public...opened up to new ideas
about "old houses."
HOPE FOR OUR HERITAGE
News of the impending restoration I thought would be
embraced by the entire nation. After all these buildings are
critical elements of our national identity. They are certainly
listed in the brochures as part of the tourist product. So I was
quite surprised to see some passionate objections to the idea
expressed online and in print.
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