Belgroves honoured with own street

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 03:45

The head of a lead­ing fu­ner­al home on Wednes­day called for the in­tro­duc­tion of a uni­ver­si­ty de­gree in fu­ner­al ser­vice and the cor­rec­tion of im­port du­ty rates on hears­es.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Bel­groves Group of Com­pa­nies Kei­th Bel­groves raised these is­sues dur­ing the un­veil­ing cer­e­mo­ny of a street re­named in his ho­n­our - Bel­groves Lane - next to Bel­groves Fu­ner­al Home and Cre­ma­to­ri­um at Cof­fee Street, San Fer­nan­do.

Af­ter giv­ing a brief his­to­ry of the fu­ner­al home, their con­tri­bu­tions and ac­com­plish­ments, Bel­groves spoke about mat­ters of con­cern fac­ing the fu­ner­al in­dus­try.

He said, “I will be fail­ing my pro­fes­sion if I did not take this op­por­tu­ni­ty to call on the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment to push the bill to en­act reg­u­la­tions for the fu­ner­al in­dus­try. I dream of the day in my life­time when fu­ner­al di­rec­tors can grow from be­ing an in­dus­try, to tru­ly be­ing a pro­fes­sion.”

He said in or­der to be­come pro­fes­sion­al they need to raise the ed­u­ca­tion­al stan­dard of their fu­ner­al di­rec­tors and vi­tal staff. I think it is past time that the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies in­stalls a fu­ner­al ser­vice as­so­ciate de­gree pro­gramme.”

Bel­groves al­so called on the Comp­trol­ler of Cus­toms and Ex­cise to ho­n­our her com­mit­ment to con­sid­er their ap­pli­ca­tions for the cor­rec­tion of the rate of im­port du­ty on fu­ner­al hears­es.

“It is now three months and we have not had any pro­duc­tive re­sponse. How can we suc­cess­ful­ly grow our busi­ness un­der such puni­tive du­ty rates of 65.5 per cent? That has led to a high cost to the con­sumer. Hears­es are con­sid­ered as spe­cial pur­pos­es goods ve­hi­cle. They are not lux­u­ry ve­hi­cles. We urge you Madam Comp­trol­ler, to con­vene the Clas­si­fi­ca­tions Re­view Com­mit­tee to con­sid­er the many re­quests for a cor­rec­tion of the im­port tar­iff on hears­es.”

He was con­fi­dent that the com­mit­tee would rec­om­mend in their favour. San Fer­nan­do May­or Ju­nia Re­grel­lo de­liv­ered re­marks and un­veiled the new street name. This is part of the cor­po­ra­tion’s on­go­ing project to re­name streets af­ter wor­thy cit­i­zens who have con­tributed to the de­vel­op­ment and up­lift­ment of the sec­ond city.

- by Sascha Wilson