more about my old Church – Greyfriars Church of Scotland, Port of Spain

Greyfriars Church of Scotland, Port of Spain

 

Labourers believed to be assigned the task of demolishing Greyfriars Church of Scotland on Frederick Street, Port of Spain, were confronted yesterday by protesters, mainly from the Citizens for Conservation group.

Eventually, a stop order was served on contractor Rocky Garcia by City Police around lunch time to bring an end of the issue.

Earlier this year, 84-year-old Port of Spain businessman Alfred Galy purchased Greyfriars Church.

Speaking to the Express yesterday, Galy said the workmen went to the site to assess its condition.

Fears of the church being demolished spread when workmen were seen on the compound discarding material from inside the structure.

“It is very unstable and we have to do what we have to do. It is an unstable building, so we are doing some assessments now,” Galy told the Express.

 

 

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WORK STOPPED: Workers on the compound of Greyfriars Church of Scotland on Frederick Street, Port of Spain yesterday before a stop order was served on contractor Rocky Garcia by City Police. —Photo: AYANNA KINSALE

Confrontation at Greyfriars Church…

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

LABOURERS believed to be assigned the task of demolishing Greyfriars Church of Scotland on Frederick Street, Port of Spain, were confronted yesterday by protesters, mainly from the Citizens for Conservation group.
Eventually, a stop order was served on contractor Rocky Garcia by City Police around lunch time to bring an end of the issue.
Earlier this year, 84-year-old Port of Spain businessman Alfred Galy purchased Greyfriars Church.
Speaking to the Express yesterday, Galy said the workmen went to the site to assess its condition.
Fears of the church being demolished spread when workmen were seen on the compound discarding material from inside the structure.
“It is very unstable and we have to do what we have to do. It is an unstable building, so we are doing some assessments now,” Galy told the Express.
Galy said he was not informed about the stand-off between the workmen at the site and protesters.
He said as it stands now, no decision has been made to demolish the building.
Asked again if there are any plans to demolish Greyfriars Church, Galy replied: “We don’t know, when we complete our assessment then we will know.”
Galy said in two weeks’ time the assessment would be completed and the future of the building would be determined.
“We are doing an assessment on an unstable building for health and safety reasons…in two weeks’ time we should know the way forward,” he said.
Attempts by the Express to contact Garcia proved futile yesterday.
Using its Facebook page, Citizens for Conservation sought to rally support yesterday.
“URGENT NOTICE! Greyfriars church is being demolished right now despite warnings from Town and Country Planning that the site is to be listed as a National Heritage Site. Citizens for Conservation is protesting outside the church and we are asking others to come out and support,” the group’s status said.
Around lunchtime, the group updated its members, telling them that a stop order had been served.
“We were able to avert the worst thanks to quick reactions by our members, the Minister of National Diversity and Social Integration and the City Corporation! Eventually a stop order was served on the contractor during lunch time by City Police,” the group stated.
Following the purchase of Greyfriars Church by Galy, the National Trust issued a statement indicating the building will be afforded protected status.
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