Public Relations Officer for the Babonneau constituency for the United Workers Party (UWP) Lionel Ellis has called on Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte, chairman of the Babonneau Council to stop playing games, and quit saying that signatures of the petition conducted by his office relating to the removal of vending booths are fake.
Ellis told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his office has been working with residents of the community over the past week in raising their voices and concerns about the issue.
“I don’t know who would consider a petition of over 530 persons fake, but if these persons worked with me over the past week you will see that people came out to sign the document,” he told SNO.
He explained that it is very easy for someone to consider something fake, without actually being on the ground and getting involved.
“When Dr. Virginia said that the project did not have planning approval that probably was faked. When she indicated that a 40-foot container could not traverse the area, that was also faked. I don’t necessarily support or feel it necessary to reply to Dr. Virginia because as far as I am concerned the people of Babonneau spoke about the problem,” he added.
Ellis said the petition was a move by the UWP to stop the removal of the vending booths which are necessary for the economic development of the community.
The Babonneau Constituency Council, during a public interview today, said the UWP’s petition against the removal of vending booths was faked and suggested that it should be withdrawn.
The Deputy Chairman of the Council Juliana St. Edward explained that they have been a re-occurrence of names and in some instances names of children were also placed on the petition.
The said petition, according to reports, was presented to the Babonneau Constituency Council and Member of Parliament for Babonneau Alvina Reynolds.
The Babonneau Constituency Council had raised concerns about the vending booth, stating that the plan to have them erected was not approved and later had it removed
Chairman of the Council Dr. Virginia Albert- Poyotte, in previous reports, stated that the council has met with a number of residents in the community to have the booths removed.