UDECOTT’s Corporate Communications Manager Roxanne Stapleton has denied “unequivocally” that the Speaker’s House in St Clair is up for sale. According to Stapleton:
There is no truth to a Facebook post, to which you refer, wherein it is alleged that the House formerly occupied many years ago by then Speaker of the House, Ms. Occah Seepaul is being sold.
UDeCOTT is aware that Cabinet has granted the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs approval to build its head office at that site. The Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs engaged UDeCOTT to provide conceptual designs, in a bid to get preliminary costings to establish an estimated budget, which will then be submitted to Cabinet for consideration. Consideration is being given to the heritage aspects of the building. This was once one of the residences of former Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams. What we can salvage and preserve we will salvage and preserve.
According to Ms Stapleton, the last Speaker to occupy the house in question was Occah Seapaul. All subsequent Speakers of the House have since resided in their own homes and received housing allowances as per the recommendations of the Salary Reviews Commission.
This contradicts fake news shared online by UNC activist Stephen Broadbridge:
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