Babonneau District Council commences removal of booths

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Babonneau District Council commences removal of booths
One of the booths being removed this morning.
One of the booths being removed this morning.

Booths built some three years ago for the purpose of vending in the Babonneau community are now being removed by the Babonneau District Council. The first booth was removed early this morning.

The decision to remove the booths was made despite a petition bearing 530 signatures which was presented to the council and the district representative Alvina Reynolds on Wednesday by the United Workers Party (UWP) branch, calling for the council not to remove the booths.

Public Relations Officer for the UWP constituency branch in Babonneau, Lionel Ellis, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the decision to remove the booths is blatant disrespect to the people of Babonneau.

Ellis said that the Chairperson for the Babonneau District Council Virginia Albert Poyotte claims that the four booths were erected without permission and is restricting a free flow of traffic.

Poyotte told the media recently that a meeting was held with at least 50 community members where a majority decision was made to have the booths removed. However, the UWP representative said members of the community have disproved the comments and the UWP was able to produce documents detailing the construction and approval of these booths.

“We also can clearly say that the issue of a 40-foot container not being able to turn the junction is not a problem. I have contacted people who maneuver that area and they have no problem,” Ellis told SNO.

Poyotte guaranteed that the booths will be replaced with something of a higher standard. The booths were due to be opened at the last election and for almost three years it has been kept closed.

“Babonneau is a young and bright community that these booths can serve as a pilot project especially for the unemployed and the small business entrepreneur. To remove the booths at this time, when the country is crying out that there is no money, is a sad case,” Ellis explained.

The UWP representative said Reynolds, who is also in receipt of the petition, have not made any effort to meet with members of her constituency to discuss the issue and find a solution to the problem.

Ellis said: “Reynolds must understand that she is not representing the people who voted for her, but all of Babonneau. If 530-plus persons signed a petition, multiply that by a family and you will see how many people all over is not in support of that, as against 50 who the council claim met with.”

The UWP spokesman told SNO that it is unfair that the people who had intentions of opening up and starting up a small business were deprived of the opportunity of doing so.

The other three booths are also expected to be removed in coming weeks.

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  1. The police station has to much front yard, we need more road. . breakdown the wall, to widen the road. ..I have a 40feet container that needs to be delivered at boguis, and the road to small

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  2. them want to build something new to say she did that in her tenure, not her fault, she probably kneeling down everyday n ask the Lord forgiveness. The biggest devil is in the church

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  3. So when this recreation ground in progress, to take elderly to get the smell of flower n cool breeze, it won't cause traffic. Smfh. Where would u park to put them down, in the church yard. Bunch of jackasses

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  4. well that's labour MO, to destroy. why are persons surprised. They can only destroy they are unable to build.

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  5. FOR THE PEOPLE THAT IS SAYING THAT THE HUNTS ARE BEING PUT A BETTER PLACE ,YOU WERE ALL FOOLS TO SUPPORT THAT. I AM PATIENTLY WAITING TO SEE THE RECREATIONAL PARK ON TOP OF THE HIGHWAY(WHERE IDEALER'S ,RUM DRINKERS,CIGARETTES SMOKERS ,THE SLP FOOLS WILL MAKE USE AND PLAY) I AM A WOMAN BUT I DONT NO WHAT THESE ARE. ALVINA NEVER CAME TO TH SEEN ,I DONT HAVE TO WINDER WHY CAUSE I/WE NO WHY SHE DID NOT SHOW HER FACE.
    ALVINA YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAS SOMETHING TO REGRET .....

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  6. i am very much disheartened by Virginia Albert poyotte's action.. why couldn't you get the booths approved by DCA and allow the people to utilize them so that revenue can be generated to help the poor people in this country. To add insult to injury you located a spot in plateau to develop as a viewing point and relocate the booths there when this property was sold to someone. Why you don't get your facts before making such silly decisions. 5oo plus voted no whilst 50 said yes, you still went ahead. I remain so pissed off. That land is sold get the facts. Put the booths in your yard.

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  7. I truly believe ]Reynolds is in a wonderland.......and I hope one day you realise that Virgina Poyotte isn't in your interest because she would cause you to make a discussion like this but then an again watch what she did to the teachers of St. Lucia........

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  8. What I think we should be concerned with is the new location, ask whether it is worth it, whether the people will benefit.......

    And for crying out loud the booths are not being taken to Vieux Fort or Dennery, they were bottlenecks and as such corrective measures are being taken to serve our own community. To those who care so much I urge you be a watchman, be patriotic, report any vandalism of these structures when they are put to use at the new locations.

    STOP THE PETTY POLITICS.

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  9. Utter garbage, I didn't hear any of you crying out loud on the wastage and BOBOL. Ezekel Joseph should come out to explain the cost and other details of construction. Largess and VOL from the Taiwanese kitty, no tax paid to IRD by the contractors, no consideration for development in the centre of Baboneau. Non of you raised a finger to say anything to correct it.
    Further, what nonsense is this about petition, did Elis & Ezekel get signatures before construction? The booths were there years and no activity even Ezekel could have commissioned usage he didn't.

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  10. News spin, will have field day tomorrow with the spin doctors prawling on both sides. ..but the question for them is whether the bus shelter will be move also, it's also in the way of the traffic in the area.....can't believe these clown, putting a spin on everthing

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  11. From and architectural point of view and urban development, it is my opinion that no in depth study was done before the conceptualization of these projects.the location of the 2 are not the best. They have diverted the major highway into the much smaller road which served as a transition passage for the school children and other pedestrians. they have congested the entrance into the community hence creating visual barriers for motorist. the new diversion of the road is two small. it does not cater for pedestrians. In urban planning all aspects are to be considered before arriving at a concept. Grew up in babonneau and the parque which existed between the two roads was a very nice space. it separated major traffic from minor.It allowed for transperancy on arriving in the community. If anything was needed it would be converting the small central park into a more social area. it may have meant extending it into the small road and just having one major road.designing it as a green space with a central open vovered gazeebo for halding small social or cultural activities and seating areas with the insertion of vegetation (flowers and palms) to creat that sense of warmth and togetherness. it could have also been a space where the elderly would come sit and enjoy a morning or night of cool breeze. Maybe even an open area where health and fitness sessions would be held for the elderly and the community on a whole. It is definitely a lack of for site and creative planning on the part of those who were responsible for their realization. The police station is a necesity and it has been built so now we need to look into correcting the mistake.

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  12. Whilst she is at it, I hope she intends to remove the police station as well. Her rationale for the removal of these booths were nothing but lies. She claimed there were no approval, that was a lie. She claimed containers couldn't manauver in the junction, that was a lie. She claimed the people of babonneau disapprove of the project, that was a lie. She claimed a park would be more suitable for the area, well this one I don't know how to describe it but what I know is this, those destroyers will be made to pay at the polls and I hope one of the first things done is to arrest those involved in this activity. #makethedestroyerspay

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