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Team UNITY Gov’t Makes Offer to Resolve New Birth Gospel Church Issue After Residents Petition To Halt Construction of New Larger Worship Center

Pastor Williams (holding umbrella) consults with former Speaker of the National Assembly Curtis Martin during recent peaceful one man demonstration on Church Street.
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (March 01, 2017 ): The Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris-led Team UNITY  Government is working towards resolving a land issue with the pastor and congregation of the New Birth Gospel Tabernacle Church in Cayon.

Attorney General, the Honourable Vincent Byron, said today that the Government has been working to resolve the issue with the lawyers of Reverend Cyprian Williams, pastor of New Birth Gospel Tabernacle.

According to the attorney general Hon. Vincent Byron Jr , the New Birth Gospel Tabernacle had been erected on a temporary site and that Reverend Williams had obtained a piece of land in an area zoned as residential to build his new church. However, the residents of the area vehemently objected to building the church in their community and filed complaints to and petitioned the St. Kitts-Nevis Development Control and Planning Board . Subsequent to the complaints, the Development Control and Planning Board in October, 2016, revoked the decision for the building of the church on the land that was protested.

The Government in an effort to resolve the issue committed to providing a suitable alternative site for the new Tabernacle. Attorney General Byron indicated that there is currently an offer on the table and he is hopeful that Pastor Williams will accept what is ultimately a much more attractive and practical site for a large multi-story mega church as is envisioned by the Pastor.

Attorney General Byron said “ His lawyers had written to the Planning Board and the Ministry of Sustainable Development has been trying to resolve it by offering an alternative site. There is an offer on the table and it is hoped that Pastor Williams and his congregation will accept the offer.”

 

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