Chamber Applauds Efforts of Castries City Council
Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis received positive reviews for his efforts at the Castries Constituency Council in bringing a sense of order and cleanliness to the City of Castries when he met with Chamber of Commerce representatives on Monday 19th February at City Hall.
These were the sentiments expressed when Mayor Francis met with representatives of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce in what is becoming regular discussions between the two organizations. On this occasion, it was not the Board of Directors of the Chamber alone who met with the Mayor but, representatives from firms that operate within the City.
While it was agreed that there is a lot more work to be done, the initial efforts of the CCC were lauded for the presence of 24 hour patrols by City Police Officers, to the efforts at keeping the City clean through beautification efforts and attempts to address the bothersome issue of indiscriminate vending on City sidewalks.
Mayor Francis updated the Chamber on the level of progress being made with the introduction of parking terminals though the speed with which the relevant legislation was amended was one risk to be mitigated.
The Mayor also spoke to plans to establish bus terminals in Castries, redevelop the Castries Market, create vending zones, beautification of the Bananes Bay area and the imminent side walk improvement project.
As it relates to waste disposal, the Chamber was informed of a clean city campaign to be launched through the placement of a number of additional garbage bins around the City, and from a broader spectrum, Council had submitted a bid to the Solid Waste Management Authority for garbage collection in the four constituencies where it was already providing the service at its own cost.
While applauding the Mayor for the work being done, the Chamber observed that the homeless issue still remained and was negatively affecting the efforts at keeping the City Clean as many were engaged in indiscriminate dumping of garbage around the City and even taking garbage out of bins. The Mayor reminded the Chamber that there was a pending initiative to work with the Rotary Club to provide some services to the homeless which should help alleviate these problems.
The Chamber also informed the Mayor that problems remain with loitering and loud music outside business houses as well as insufficient arrangements for the delivery of goods in the City Center. In fact firms were being given parking tickets when seeking to drop off goods. It was agreed that the Chamber and the Council need to meet with the Transport Board and Police on these and related matters as the needs of the Business Community should be taken account of when amending the traffic legislation and its impact on parking in the City.
In addition, the Meeting agreed that some action was required in the area of public health as it relates to the operations of restaurants in the City and the landing of fish in areas other than the Fisheries Complex.
The Chamber has already invited the Mayor to address the wider Chamber Membership in the very near future as there were clearly opportunities for closer collaboration and sharing of insights into improving the operations of the City of Castries.
The Chamber pledged its members continued support and cooperation.