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Mayor excited about plans to upgrade Castries Market

By Office of the Mayor

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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Mayor of the City of Castries has endorsed the extensive and impressive plans by the Government of Saint Lucia to upgrade and modernize the Castries Market.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Honourable Allen Chastanet, along with Mayor Peterson D. Francis and representatives of the Ministry of Planning and the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) took a tour of the Castries Market on Saturday August 26th, during which they discussed various ways to improve the area for the comfort of vendors and shoppers.

The tour, which took officials through the Vendors’ Arcade, and the Craft, Food, Provisions and Fish Markets, is part of plans to enhance the facility and the general image of the city.

In the coming weeks, members of the public will see the transformation through a reinvigorated design and structure which will include new ultramodern re-modelling, bandstand to accommodate regular entertainment, proper ventilation and a food court.

Speaking to the plans, Prime Minister Chastanet stated: “The idea is to raise the standard and quality of vending”.

Making reference to one of the most successful markets – Borough market in London, Prime Minister Chastanet hopes to emulate some of the features such as cooking stalls, cottage industries and bars.

“It is all part of the beginning of plans to redevelopment the City of Castries,” noted Prime Minister Chastanet.

In his endorsement remarks, His Worship Mayor Peterson D. Francis said this blueprint calls for the modernization and reengineering of vending in Castries.

“We are trying to get all stakeholders involved and I wish for solely Saint Lucian products to be sold in the Castries market. It’s an exciting time because obviously there’s a lot of work that needs to be done, a lot of conversation that needs to be had, but we’re eager to get started”.

The plan and design for the Castries Market is already being pencilled by the architects and will be completed and presented to the public soon.

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7 comments

  1. The market needs some serious attention. Has the roof been fixed? The bandstand is a good idea. We already have a bit of a semi food court. Hope the work can start soon.

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  2. I am extremely excited too, my only hope is that those in authority pay attention to the positive suggestions of the citizens on this matter, I think community involvement will go a long way.

    1) Make use of natural light as much as possible for the interiors

    2) If possible maintain the old fountain

    and

    3) Pay attention to standards and cleanliness, please get those food vendors to desist from spreading provisions on the ground on dirty sacs, I'm just appalled every time I see it, especially when it rains, the food in all that nasty dirty water, when most of them know better. At least elevate it in some way or another, but not flat on the ground.

    4) Clearly our tourist like to dabble in our local cuisine, lets make the eating areas less congested, neater and ensure regular checks by the Department of Environmental Health, you would think is a forgotten zone for them.

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  3. It was high time. The size of this place tells me it could and should accommodate a second Storey
    easily. On a second level,you may have a food court, further on some Restaurants, don't forget the
    public wash rooms and near by the Security Station, God help us.
    At upstairs some shopping for the Tourists, sale of Local Handicraft, Paintings, Hot Souses,etc etc.

    Don't forget in the design, adequate provisions for the prevention of and also to combat FIRE.
    The ground floor lighting must be improved also public washrooms, convenient entrance and Exit
    for the Physically Handicapped on either End, at front and back. The Roof should be flat, slopped
    to drain on the north side. Restrict the consumption of alcohol publicly. ( A Prayer Chapel?) `

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  4. What is the benefit for the people. At what cost will that change take place? What's in it for the poor vendors? How high will the tax be? Mr Mayor before you start opening your flappers talk to the people first and learn about their livelihood and try to understand their needs and see where you can take it from there.

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    • I do understand what you are talking about, but what about having some pride in our environment and the business we have. Have you take a good look at the side walk lately? Do you realize that St. Lucia is not as developed as you think? Our environment is still stuck in the early 90’s. for example technology, schools, business structure and the way our people think. Why do we always have to settle? What type of pride do we have for the youngsters coming up behind us. We need to kick it up a notch

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  5. Good steps forward. I assume it's part of a master plan for the badly needed redevelopment of Castries. Remember drainage improvements have to be an integral part of that plan and should be one of the first issues to be addressed.

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  6. The Mayor excited well i think am more excited,i hope i dont pass out,good Job to my Government.Cant wait to see what it looks like.Big things,big things.I don't hear the Labor boys yet.The chief mamals them.Keep up the good job for our Vendors our guest and Tourist and our Country.

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