School perimeter made no vending zone

Press Release:Castries, May 15, 2017 – In an effort to improve safety and security around the Ave Maria Girls’ Primary School, the Castries Constituency Council has taken a decision to relocate the vendors who plied their trade there.

The street-side vendors on a number of occasions had met with the Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D Francis and other management officials, where a proposal to relocate was presented and agreed to.

According to Jason Hullingseed, Press and Communications Manager within the Office of the Mayor, “The relocation of vendors was very critical given the circumstances the learning institution was faced with.  It is also important to note that the school’s perimeter should remain a no vending zone to allow for free access to and from the school, especially in case of an emergency.”

The Ave Maria Primary School failed miserably in a simulation exercise conducted by the St. Lucia Fire Service, with a view to assessing the safety and security of the school and its students particularly should there be an emergency of sorts.  

Speaking to the measures taken, Mayor Peterson D Francis thanked the vendors greatly for their cooperation and understanding.

“This situation could not have been permitted to continue. It is part of a broader problem in the City, where people vend all over the streets. Vendors seize the sidewalks with metal and other structures making it uncomfortable and dangerous for pedestrians. We are contented that the vendors chose other areas that are comfortable to them.”

The Mayor added, while he is not opposed to anyone obtaining an income through vending, standards should be a priority in order that the City of Castries is made a safe and viable place to conduct business.


  1. Armchair Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Well done!

  2. Vern
    May 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    ..I sure all of y’all voted for Ching Ching in y’all pockets….take that (Word deleted)

  3. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    So are you guys saying that the vendors on sidewalks pose a risk by the Ave Maria school and nowhere else. Have you tried passing on the sidewalk under those CDC apartments near the marketing board. It is impossible and pedestrians have no choice but to walk in the road. I feel very safe doing that. And no it is not just the vendors’ fault as the ccc takes money from them everyday.

  4. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    It true and also the side walk by the Castries market. and remove all the rum shops. in the city of Castries.

  5. Henry
    May 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    for yall lucians yall can live in a pig pen…you think every where have to be so f……. app-pa-ghal and nasty….do yall see that on streets in cities when yall travel….smh…anything goes for yall….ccc dam right!!!!!

  6. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Gosh nah is mostly Gt sells there

  7. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Well boy look at that , I know that was coming,…. that mayor sit very nice in his office chair, and eating well….while poor people on the street…looking to make a liveing for them self, not only Guyanese selling on the road side lucians too…st Lucians, too byas…time will tell it will come knocking on your front door soon…..that mayor is very smart….labour in yellow clothes..hmm only time will tell, after things so hard

    1. Anonymous
      May 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Seriously??? This affects the school. The school includes students and teachers. If there really is an emergency there is hardly any space on the side walk…. please!!! Stop making everything so political!

  8. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    As for henery u need to trave u dumd fuc…vending as been around ..before u and I born so shut the f…up

  9. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Lucians have to ball …..just now…more have to come That Mayor not good…

  10. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    The mayor just get in office…. he have a New Vechile driveing already…so he looking to up grade

  11. Anonymous
    May 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I feel sorry.. for the people they have they children to send to school

  12. Armchair Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 10:02 am

    After reading the comments …. the for the vendor relocation is LOST on most of the commenters. Think of the *emergency exits* for the children in the event of an disaster. According to the news story, the vendors were cooperative.

  13. Truth
    May 16, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    I am in agreement with the overall cleanup of our city and say BRAVO to the Mayor for
    all he has done thus far in achieving this goal

    I stand with you, keep it up.

  14. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    F…. the mayor and his red

  15. Anonymous
    May 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    well done Mayor! clean the streets…

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