Parking meters for Castries

Parking meters are to be introduced in Castries.

The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, reporting on a meeting between its board members,  Castries Mayor Peterson Francis and his Deputy – Anselma Calderon, said the introduction of parking meters is high on the agenda of the Mayor and City Council.

According to the Chamber, discussion on the issue is ongoing with relevant government ministries.

In a news release today the private sector organization disclosed that it had continuing dialogue with the Mayor and his Deputy yesterday on the need to revitalize and beautify the City of Castries.

The Chamber said the Mayor updated the organization on progress so far on some of the critical items planned.

It stated that the Mayor was pleased to inform that the process of recruiting persons to fill vacancies in the City Constabulary was well advanced.

“The Spate of robberies which have occurred in the central business district has been placed high on the agenda in seeking the most appropriate remedy. The Chamber is pleased to note the collaborative stand taken by the Chief of Police in working with the business community and the City Council,” the press statement said.

It noted that the City Council advised that it continues to be concerned over the indiscriminate vending on City sidewalks which poses serious safety risks for children, pedestrians and drivers.

The issue of the unhygienic conditions under which fish is sold on the side of the road was also raised, the Chamber explained.

The meeting  highlighted the need to work towards a plan to provide the vendors with safe and improved working conditions while addressing the hazards of vending on the sidewalks.

The Chamber agreed to work closely with the City Council and the Ministry of Human Services in addressing the vagrancy situation and shortly a meeting would be convened to chart the way forward, it was observed.

The  Chamber disclosed that it has broached discussions with the Permanent Secretary in that Ministry, Mr. Donovan Williams and as early as next week a meeting will be held to discuss “this important issue.”

The organization said it  offered its support for the efforts at improving the functionality of the City and  strongly recommended that the Ministry of Urban Renewal be engaged to participate and guide the plans for the City’s development.





  1. sarah
    October 26, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    It was about time they put packing meters in the city and not only there in Rodney bay too

  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Oh yes I voted for all that I shall lament

  3. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    High time man

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Who will calibrate them to ensure that 60 minutes = 1 hour?

    1. bob
      October 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      How u know its 1 hr

  5. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Any vacancies for parking meter attendants/Maids yet?

  6. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I do hope these Parking meters go for the parking around the Dereck Walcott Square where there are assigned spots for persons and companies who refuse to pay there monthly rental fee. The Mayor should start beautifying the city buy collecting those outstanding monies and remove there specialized parking.

  7. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    as long as parking meter maid wairen short skirts who cares ,they can put tickets on my cars any day but way some peoples goes off these maids in there high heels betters pack a Glock9 in there some place

  8. buyer of stink fish
    October 26, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    who gonna buy any of those fish they seller they stink to highs heaven give them stink fish to those guys that don’t want to work but can beg for ours money they wont be standen beg for money no more cause they be off in bushes pukken.thats how to get rid of them money beggars then the health committee close up shop on stink fish then they all be gone

  9. Anonymous
    October 26, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Chps that’s all the government good for… Seeing how they can take money from us. We never getting to see how and where that money going. For once look into how y’all can help and elevate people in need,instead of just looking to drain us and take from us. -_-

    1. Anonymous
      October 26, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      Well for one 35 special constables are being employed, thats 35 more households that will be making an income and those monies if u read between the lines will be used to be beautify castries, let the vehicle owners pay a lil something extra. they dont want to use the car park but as soon as a building demolish next day there loaded with vehicles

  10. parking meter coin collector
    October 27, 2016 at 12:59 am

    they should put a few more taco venders on street ones with shredded beef ,extra sharp cheddar cheese.have special venders set up for men unwilling to work and as they are feeding them with our tax dollars screen them for employment opening around places they can walk or ride bike after screening they are unwilling to work throw in labor camp .but the fish vender has to go it’s ruining other venders they are not using enough ice a.if all cars were parked at angle parking spaces could be doubled on one block.doubling parking meters now the 42constableswould also be wideing the pocketbook. It’s a win win situations for both sides.

  11. Wam there
    October 27, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Parking meters-nothing new. Was promised by both admins. not only can it bring revenue but can free up congestion in town and on so called highways by more people being discouraged from taking their own vehicle into town. More will be encouraged to take public transport or use one vehicle. I don’t see vending of fish a problem because it comes with the implied legal term of “buyer beware.” It is reasonable to assume that fish sold on the roadside is not likely to stay fresh for very long. St. Lucians need to know their laws, since most politicians use their ignorance of such matters in promising them “legislation” as a quick fix to anything. Not only should we beware of these “quick fix lawyers” but we must be informed that most of what they promised already exist in some form in our law. So “electorate beware.”

  12. A proud Lucian
    October 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I am supporting this venture 100%

    1. Anonymous
      October 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Nice.!!!! More revernune. High time

  13. Anonymous
    October 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Loing it

  14. Madame Uline
    October 28, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I support this venture and wish to congratulate the city council on this project. Castries was once a beautiful city in a great caribbean location. Proper rules, laws and sanitation need to be reestablished. The beautification can then go hand in hand with stamping Castries as the St.Lucian capital. Soufriere is also one of the towns that has gone to the dogs. “Halloween” city as it is now called on account of all the derelicts seating on sidewalks and the food vended on the steets. The HAITI SLUM of St.Lucia.

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