Nominations for the gold medal in cultural vandalism for 2009. The New Year has just begun. We already have the first nomination for the gold medal for cultural vandalism for 2009. It is a new award, invented today. The nominee is the Hon Hubert Hughes, proprietor of the old Cotton Gin Factory in The Valley.
The gin itself was erected in 1910. It last worked in about the year 1950. Then the world market price for cotton collapsed and the industry closed down in
Last week, the cotton gin was demolished and ordered to be taken to the Corito garbage dump.
I have not checked with Mr Hughes for confirmation that he gave the order, but he owns the property, and only the owner could have given permission for such a drastic alteration in the structure.
Close-up of empty space
Remnants of equipment in the ceiling above
Some Anguillians are outraged. I have no idea why. After all, it was done so that the otherwise wasted space could be used as a Chinese Restaurant. It is going to look so much neater now. So much more modern, as befits an up-market destination such as
Why would anyone think that Hubert should have considered the Cotton Gin to be an important part of
Besides, it is not as if
So what if the Cotton Gin was one of the last pieces of
Gov Richardson’s minimalist animal round foundations
What about the benefits to the living Anguillians? Is it not better for us to look after the financial needs of those who are living today, and those yet to come, rather than wasting time worrying about worn out machinery. As the
It isn’t as if
Those idiot heritage persons should be grateful the truckers telephoned Colville Petty at his
Cotton gin equipment dumped outside Petty’s museum
The rest of the rubbish is, presumably, now buried at the public dump. Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.
If the Public Health Department insisted on its removal for health concerns, congratulations to them for their foresightedness.
If the Planning Department permitted it, in authorizing the change of use, kudos to them for their long sightedness.
If the Environment Department encouraged it when their views were sought, bravo to them for their concern and dedication!
This decision was an inspired one. In the race for the gold medal, it will be hard to beat for the rest of 2009.