The Castries City Council (CCC) has several plans which will be rolled out this year, and topping that list of new initiatives is setting up parking metres across the capital.
City Mayor Peterson Francis told a recent cocktail party to observe the CCC’s 50th anniversary, that this new initiative could be implemented in a few months time.
“We will introduce clamping for illegal parking, (those clamps are already in my office), car-parks along the John Compton Highway and parking meters in the city within three months,” he revealed.
Francis said attention to safety and security is not the only top priority of the CCC, as emphasis will be also placed on beautifying the city. The goal is to make Castries the envy of other regional capitals.
“We will see the transformation of the Bananes Bay area in collaboration with SLASPA and an enhancement to include benches and wifi at Constitution Park,” the mayor stated.
In addition, the market will be transformed, and the Serenity Park with occasionally be used for live entertainment. The sludge treatment facility at Union will also be relocated.
“The City will also be beautified and redeveloped in partnership with our government and a series of improvements to the city’s infrastructures will begin. We are awaiting the Castries re-development master plan from the Prime Minister’s office so we can proceed with much energy,” he explained.
Francis also revealed that the CCC is now in the process of strategizing a plan to assist families with a reduction in the cost of tombs and burials.
This announcement comes days after the mayor met with funeral home owners.
Further, the mayor said the CCC has moved to purchase a backhoe for EC$144,000.00. The CCC previously used a private contractor and paid $EC 225,000 for their services.
The building housing the City Police, CCC and the City Hall will also undergo some remodeling.
Francis said the city has made good strides in many areas over the past few months, and departments are continuing to manage their operations more efficiently than ever before.