CHARLESTOWN, Nevis — John Hanley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism has appealed to the public to stop stealing stones from the heritage sites on Nevis.
Hanley made the request during a recent visit to Fort Charles as the designated heritage site is undergoing upgrade work by the ministry’s Heritage Team, led by Sylvester Meade, Heritage Site Manager.
“Ideally, I would like us to have some expertise on the island to help us to rebuild the stone walls,” explained Hanley. “Speaking of the stone walls, I want to discourage persons from continuing the practice of stealing the heritage stones, the historical stones from the site. On some of our sites so many stones have been taken that the historic walls have been collapsing.
“The ministry has decided to fence some of these sites to add a measure of security,” he said. “If these sites are secured, we will be able to move forward and get relevant expertise. National and regional expertise will help us restore the walls, because restoring the walls is not simply about coming in and putting in Portland Cement in the walls. We have to restore it, so that it is historically correct using the lime and mortar that was used back in the day.”