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Scott urges local authority to preserve

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Derrick Scott, a Falmouth native now living in the United States, is livid with the local authority for turning a blind eye to the construction of buildings without any regard for Georgian architecture in the historic town of Falmouth.

From the 1750s until the 1850s, Jamaican Georgian architecture was the most popular style in the country. It combined the elegance of British Georgian architecture with functional objectives appropriate to tropical climate, built to withstand heat, earthquakes, humidity, hurricanes, and insects.

“Over the last couple of years I have seen the demise of the Georgian buildings in the town of Falmouth that have made way to some big concrete structures. I am saying, if Falmouth is the Georgian town of the Caribbean, it is the best laid-out town. The municipality needs to think seriously about saving the history of this town,” Scott argued.

“What will we show our grandchildren? I am saying that we in the Diaspora are concerned and we are willing to help.“

He was, however, quick to point out that he is not opposed to the building of commercial structures in the town, but he suggested they should be erected in the rapidly developing business hub, in vicinity of the new Falmouth Municipal Market.

Scott, who is information attache at the Jamaica Embassy in Washington, DC, was speaking with the Jamaica Observer West after receiving an award for his sterling contribution to the parish at the Trelawny Municipal Corporation's Heroes Day Awards and Civic ceremony held in the historic Water Square in Falmouth on Monday.

Six other Diaspora members received similar awards. They are: Tomlin Anderson, Paul Earle, Norman Goburn, Ralston Roberts, Michael Watkis, and Lancelot Hall.

Scott, in his remarks at the ceremony, hailed Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Colin Gager for recognising members of the Diaspora.

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