The President of the Saint Lucia Vendors Association, Peter “Ras Ipa Isaac, has joined the intense debate on social media triggered by a Times story based on an e-mail from someone describing herself as a visitor to Castries, who described the City of Castries as a mess.
While acknowledging that the rodent problem in the City has been reduced somewhat due to the efforts of the Ministry of Health, he asserted in an interview with the Times:
“Castries has been abandoned, Castries has been neglected, Castries is like a rubbish heap because they are not doing what they are supposed to do in terms of the Castries Constituency Council. “
According to Isaac :”Anyone who describes Castries as a place that is rally dysfunctional I must agree with that, because to tell you the truth Castries is not in the right place.”
He pointed to dilapidated buildings in the capital, including a Vendors’ Arcade that is in disrepair as evidence to back up his claim.
“I really don’t think they want to recognize Castries anymore as the capital of Saint Lucia,” Isaac declaring that more activities are being decentralized, just to take everything from Castries ,” Isaac said.
He noted incidents of persons defecating around the Vendors’ Arcade and the Castries Waterfront and concluded that such practices could be prevented through effective policing.