A final decision has not been made regarding the Col. J. Layton Ralston Armoury in Amherst, says Bill Casey, MP.
Speaking from his office in downtown Amherst, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester indicated that the Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has assured him that no approval has been given to dispose of the building and land on Acadia Street.
The property has; however, been considered “surplus” by the Department of National Defence for many years and is not used by the military for any purpose. Although cadets use the facility weekly, the cadet program is not run by the Department of National Defence.
Below: The interior of the armoury where various community and cadet functions are held
“The process is not complete,” said Casey. “It is a recognized federal heritage building, and we are looking into what are the Department’s obligations in various scenarios. We would expect them to contribute to a successful transition if the decision to dispose is made in the future.”
Casey has met and corresponded regularly with the Minister and the Department on this issue. Earlier this year, he toured the facility with the Mayor and Council of Amherst and Ray Coulson, the curator of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum, to discuss options.
"The musem houses a valuable collection of photos and artifacts that residents want to retain in the community"Bill CaseyMember of Parliament Cumberland Colchester
“The highest priority is ensuring that those priceless artifacts have a home here in Cumberland County,” says Casey. Casey welcomes ideas and suggestions for maintaining artifacts and the Armoury itself.