See the long-term benefits
This is in response to a letter in the Express of August 14, headlined “What a waste of taxpayers’ $$”.
Our Magnificent Seven buildings along the Queen’s Park Savannah are arguably the most photographed and documented structures in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. Even in its currently dilapidated state, Mille Fleurs still attracts tourists. So why not restore this gem to its original state?
For many generations, it has been ingrained in our society that things from the colonial era have no value. We must change this mentality. This is our history, our story, our battle that we have won. Moreover, these buildings reflect the artistry of our forefathers.
We need to promote all that we have to offer, including these colonial buildings and sites. We are more than just our Carnival celebration. Trinidad and Tobago has so much to share with the world.
Yes, it is extremely costly to restore Mille Fleurs, but this is because we have waited too long to act and have allowed the building to deteriorate without proper maintenance. In the long run, this building will serve multiple purposes, as it will benefit our economy as well as boost the country’s international reputation.
Therefore, let us look at the restoration of Mille Fleurs as a long-term investment, rather than a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.