St. Johnston’s Community Centre in West Basseterre
Prime Minister the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris at the press conference April 25
Sen. the Hon Wendy Phipps (right) with the Hon. Ian Patches Liburd and the Hon. Shawn Richards at the press conference April 25
St. Johnston’s Community Centre in West Basseterre

PM: Government will issue new community centres use policy

From the PLP PR Media Inc.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – During his press conference April 25 in Parliamentary Lounge at Government Headquarters in Basseterre, Prime Minister the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris said government will shortly announce a new policy to guide decision making in relation to the use of community centres. He has also hit out at a member of the opposition for “peddling information that is not correct.”

“The policies we inherited from the last regime did not specifically provide for access to community centres by political parties,” said the prime minister. “Indeed, it served the government well then in power because it helped to ostracise the Team Unity from such facilities. We promised to do better. I have asked Sen. Wendy Phipps to review and to bring a more enlightened policy for Cabinet to consider for our country.”

Phipps attended the press conference, as did Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education the Hon. Shawn Richards and Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development and Transport the Hon. Ian Patches Liburd.

“The policy will (among other things) facilitate wider access to our centres, [facilitate] better management and maintenance of them, and hold users of the facilities accountable for their use or misuse,” Harris said. “Too many of our centres, like so many other government properties, were allowed to decay under the former administration, and the Lodge Community Centre represents one such facility.”

He advised that government has already invited Public Works to assist in the designs with respect to a brand-new Lodge Community Centre at a new location outside the congested housing development in which it was a part.

“It has been drawn to my attention some statements made by Marcella Liburd, and today I reject as dangerous frolic the unsubstantiated allegation by Marcella Liburd that keys to the community centres are being held by the Office of the Prime Minister,” Harris said. “If it was done by Dr Denzil Douglas, it has never been done and will never be done under Dr. Timothy Harris. 

“Such a blatant and callous lie from the former Minister for Social Development deserves to be condemned for the mischief it was intended to cause and the intellectual dishonesty of the former minister who would posit such untruth, even when one caller pierces a hole in her tissue of lies from his knowledge of how access is gained to the Conaree Community Centre.”