Anger at expansion of world heritage status; Owain Johnston-Barnes; The Royal Gazette
A move to expand United Nations world heritage status to other parts of the island could hurt the town of St George, a former mayor warned yesterday.
Henry Hayward, who was mayor when the town and nearby forts won the coveted Unesco designation in 2000, said the honour would be diluted if it was shared with other sites.
Mr Hayward added: “The fact is that St George’s needs every bit of assistance it can get.
“Hamilton, with Fort Hamilton, is a thriving city and the Government has poured millions of dollars into Dockyard developing the cruise ship docks.
“St George’s has been left in the background, with the golf course closed and no hotel development until recently. This would be just one more thing that would make it less attractive to go to.”
Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the Minister of Public Works, said last October that he would petition Unesco to include military fortifications elsewhere in Bermuda in its World Heritage Site coverage.