PAN-JUMBIE

New $14m home for Despers

TT – It currently seems unlikely that the Witco Desperadoes will get a chance to defend their Panorama large band title next year, but they will expect to be settled in a new Panyard in East Port-of-Spain in 2021.

The historic band’s new proposed home, which occupies 1.35 acres between George and Nelson Streets, was toured yesterday by Port- of-Spain South MP Keith Scotland along with Desperadoes manager Dr Finbar Fletcher, band members, and UDeCott officials.

“It is now the new headquarters of Witco Desperadoes. The site in its completed format will be about 1.35 acres which is about 12 residential lots. What is envisioned by the architect who we spoke to and this was in consultation with Despers’ hierarchy,” said Scotland.

“We have a nine-month period from start to finish, the chairman has requested and the captain of Despers has requested that next panorama because we know if things stay as it is, we will be having no panorama in 2021 but in 2022 he wants to have this up and running so that when the judges visit the Panyard they will be visiting here,” the Port-of -pain MP explained.

The project, which has already started, is expected to cost an estimated $14 million.

It will bring a settled home to Desperadoes who opted to leave their tradition Laventille panyard over a decade ago due to crime and safety concerns.

Fletcher said he was pleased with the plans explained to him.

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