Outspoken Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, is urging business owners who have been affected by the ongoing sidewalk construction in parts of the City, to take legal action over loss of earnings.
“All who are affected have a claim for compensation for economic loss,” Francis told the Times.
She disclosed that she herself had visited the construction site along Peynier street where the sidewalk has been broken and is under reconstruction.
Francis said that especially at this time of the Christmas season when members of the public descend on the City in their numbers, owners of small businesses are losing out because of challenges being experienced by members of the public in accessing business places due to the sidewalk construction.
While acknowledging that the persons employed on the project need money, the Attorney at Law asserted that there had been no prior notice given about the work to be done and there had been no consultation.
As far as Francis was concerned, the situation smacked of disdain for members of the public.
“This is a feat of madness,” she declared.
Francis wondered whether such a project would have been undertaken if there were local elections instead of the appointment of members of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC).