Wide-ranging crackdown on offences in City

Wide-ranging crackdown on offences in City

A wide-ranging crackdown was announced today by Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, on a number of offences in the capital.

Francis said in addition to urinating and defecating in public, the wide-ranging crackdown will also target loitering, indecent exposure, walking bare back, illegal parking and carrying uncovered debris in trucks.

The Mayor also announced that action will be taken against cement trucks that dump cement on the streets and vans which haul lumber and other materials without displaying red flags.

“Over the past years and for some decades now, disgusting traditions and practices have hurt the aesthetics of our City and have given rise to some public health concerns,” Francis declared as he addressed a news conference Monday.

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He said members of the public have transformed lamp poles, the back of buildings, around the CDC apartments, the vegetation in the City and bus stops into public toilets.

“Those areas serve as stopping points to relieve oneself, while members of the public and visitors to the City are subjected to appalling and repugnant odours,” Francis told the news conference.

He recalled that when he and City Councilors were sworn in, Local Government Minister, Fortuna Belrose, spoke openly about the problem, only to be heavily criticized.

However the Mayor asserted that it cannot be denied that Castries has become a pit-stop which is perhaps the largest in the Eastern Caribbean.

He said the City Police Department will be in the forefront of the new crackdown.

“Effective immediately, you will be charged and made to pay if found urinating, defecating, littering and spitting in streets, building corners or anywhere in the City,” Francis stated.

He explained that there are ‘comfort stations’ in the City.

The Mayor acknowledged that these facilities are limited but revealed  that very soon more facilities will be built.

Francis explained that persons who transgress the laws will be charged from $EC150.00 up to EC$1500.00 and in some cases where the law dictates, will face up to 6 months in prison.

“This is our City, let us protest it, invest in it and respect it,” he said.

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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    it was high time.st,lucians has become to nasty.no pride.

  2. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    I agree that urinating in public is an unsightly and disgusting act but it usually occurs because we’re left with no other choice so how can you begin charging citizens when you haven’t made the facilities available.

    1. Charles
      January 17, 2017 at 5:16 am Reply

      What happened? He behaves as if he just woke up from a long sleep . Those problems have been with us for years…first you muse make the facilities available if not…just spinning your wheels fela

      1. ...
        January 17, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

        You ask what happened?…NOTHING…nothing was being done, this is why he is doing something! Stop being lop sided and try to see it for the sense it makes.

    2. Anon Y. Mous
      January 17, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply

      That’s just a lame excuse. The are bathrooms available. Use one before you leave your house or wherever you’re coming from. Or run into a shop and ask to use it. Hell even KFC. You have no excuse to be pissing all over the city.

  3. 666
    January 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Good, but these are just words until we see some solid action.

  4. Awai!!
    January 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm Reply

    Walking bareback?
    Isn’t it high time we got rid of such outdated laws
    This is an island for crying out loud
    With this heat at times walking bareback can be justified

    1. Anon Y. Mous
      January 17, 2017 at 5:42 am Reply

      No. It can’t. No one needs to be smelling you while you walk around bareback. It’s about time St Lucia started being treated with some respect instead of everyone looking for excuses and justifications for doing as they please

  5. Pankaiso
    January 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm Reply

    Mr Mayor have you forgotten the laws regarding the careless use of bicycles ,they ride up one way streets they ride on the pavements with out any regards for both the walking and driving public ,these bicycles needs to be registered and insured they need to be properly fitted ,Mr mayor we cannot crack down if we don’t no the law regarding the reckless and negligent use of bicycles in public the laws a there ,
    Next on the agenda we have to tackle is the nusience of loud music that must be a thing of the pass ,so let’s work together and be together

  6. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm Reply

    I agree with this 100%. But this needs to be extended to rest of the island, eg where it pertains to the cement trucks and carrying uncovered debris in trucks.

  7. Sad-But-True
    January 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm Reply

    I do support it. Tired of UWP surrogates loitering the city.

  8. Guy Faulkes
    January 17, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply

    I agree with addressing this stinking issue!

    However, please take time and get it right- there are only a handful of comfort stations- at least make an effort to have comfort stations within lets say 2-3 mins walk from any point within the city! The reason I say this is that businesses are reluctant to allow non-customers/ non employees to use their restrooms ( that’s a fact)! So before you enact, please cover your bases. This must be a private sector initiative as well!

    Show the public a city map showing all locations ( comfort stations and private firms) where they can urinate in peace!

    BTW- i will be walking bareback from today- this one is utter (Expression deleted)!

    1. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Just make sure you have a 6 pack or you buff. Walk bare back all you want then. lol

  9. ...
    January 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    Breasts on some men are as compared to breasts on women, worst thing is these are the men who always walk around bare back. Our children should not be exposed to such nudity!

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