Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus, has declared that a lot more can be done to keep Castries clean.
However he believes the issue of keeping the Capital clean is not only a function of the agencies that are responsible for the upkeep of the City.
“We need to look at the source of the uncleanliness and it is basically what is being done by our very own people,” Theophilus told the Times.
According to the Minister, there is need to instill greater respect for this country.
He also stated that Saint Lucians need to respect themselves as well.
Theophilus believes that in this way, citizens will do what is necessary to contribute to keeping the Capital City clean.
“We have Saint Lucians who on regular basis leave our jurisdiction and travel overseas and the things that they would not do overseas, they feel very comfortable doing within their very own country, so it calls for a greater sense of pride in our very own people and in our country,” he asserted.
Theophilus observed that a greater sense of pride would greatly assist the agencies responsible in what they need to do to keep the City clean.
Stray dogs, garbage, indiscriminate urination around Castries and dilapidated buildings – especially the CDC apartments on Jeremie Street, have been cited as contributing to making the City lose its appeal to both locals and visitors.