I write in response to the letter from Mr. Ezzard Miller published in your newspaper on 18 April, 2006.
Whilst I do not intend to enter into any public debate with Mr. Miller it is necessary to correct certain misrepresentations contained in his letter.
Firstly, the National Trust does not have, and has never had, any ability whatsoever to confiscate property. The only method by which the National Trust may acquire property (other than by gift) is to purchase it.
Secondly, the proposed walking tour would have been conducted along a registered public footpath. These public footpaths were created long before the National Trust was established. Under the Roads Law and the Development and Planning Regulations any member of the public is entitled to walk along a registered public footpath, regardless of whether such footpath runs through private land (as most do).
Notwithstanding the general public rights of access over these footpaths, the National Trust certainly has no intention of upsetting private landowners and therefore cancelled the proposed walk.
As a life member of the National Trust and a member of Government in 1987 when the National Trust Law was passed, Mr. Miller will know that the purpose and mission of the National Trust is ‘to preserve natural environments and places of historic significance in the Cayman Islands for present and future generations’.
The National Trust offers economic, educational, cultural and aesthetic benefits to our Islands and seeks only to educate the general public and visitors alike of our history and heritage of which all Caymanians should be very proud.
Frank E. Roulstone III – General Manager