Chastanet: Castries Market ‘grossly underutilised’

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet went on tour of the Castries Market Saturday, declaring that  before the elections several visits were made to the facility and his ruling party felt that the place was ‘grossly underutilised.’

“I think that when you go and meet the people who work here on a daily basis, you can see the level of frustration that they have,” Chastanet told reporters.

” For once and for all we want to be able to come here and fix up the place,” he explained.

The prime minister noted that he was accompanied by architects, representatives of the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) and the Saint Lucia Manufacturers’ Association with the aim of ‘re-looking at an entire market.’

According to the prime minister, the goal is to ensure that primarily Saint Lucian products will be sold.

“Certainly we should not be selling any products, idealistically, outside of the OECS – worst case scenario, from the Caribbean –  and  then making sure that the market is properly divided and that the facilities are there for the fish, for the meat, for the fresh produce and for the artisans and making it a comfort area,”  Chastanet stated.

He said he has seen one of the most successful markets – Borough market in London, which boasts cooking stalls, fresh produce, cottage industries and bars.

The former Tourism Minister observed that when locals and tourists visit, the  market becomes a place for interaction.

He disclosed that the government is hoping to have the plans for the Castries Market completed very soon.

Chastanet said he has identified two sources of funds to get the project started hopefully before Christmas.

The prime minister said that ideally, he would like to have the project completed before Christmas.

He said it would be the beginning of the redevelopment of Castries.

“Right now we have an outside agency that’s reviewing the  plan that was done in 2008 and basically bringing it up to date – that was the plan that was left to us by Sir John, and once that’s completed and everybody has had the opportunity to vet it, then it’s about executing,” Chastanet noted.

He said that Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, who was part of the delegation, and the Castries Constituency Council(CCC), are ‘intimately involved’ in the plans.




  1. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Who is this outside agency that’s reviewing the plans? Why is this so shrouded in mystery? Of course we want to see a better Castries Market but shouldn’t everyone be involved and shouldn’t it be a transparent process?

    1. Anonymous
      August 26, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Why shouldn’t just appreciate the fact that the stupid market will be renovated or updated? What different would knowing that outside agency be. This is what he said “…once that’s completed and EVERYONE has had the opportunity to vet it, THEN it’s about executing,”

      1. SLU Man
        August 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

        I agree….who gives a rats ass who the outside entity is? Get real…..

  2. MayBe
    August 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Good move to reduce imports and engender the creativity of our people. There are certain products which make me question whether a particular store has shares in the market. Can we ensure too that there is more variety instead of more competition among the vendors? It’s much of the same.

  3. no
    August 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!!! Finally pave Castries Market, let us have a roof! Enough walking in the mud and dirt when it rains, enough eating dust! Do somthing as something should have be done already decades ago! If you can do this within 2017 you will have my hightest gratitude! To those already complaining now: you are the reason why St. Lucia is still a third world country – something you probably did not even understand.

  4. G poleon
    August 26, 2017 at 3:54 pm


  5. Voting you Out!
    August 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    And Chastanet’a Brain (if any) is grossly under-utlized.

    1. Anonymous
      August 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Brain is underutilized with such vision? This says much about the vision-less guy you labours voted.

      1. Me Again
        August 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Giving all our lands to a fake penniless investor. This is vision. You flambeaus will have to leave this island when we return into office. All of you going to Prison

    2. Anonymous
      August 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I guess it dosnt take brains to have vision.

  6. Concerned
    August 26, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Pleased to hear this BUT Mr Chastanet when are you going to fix up our childrens” schools? Most of them are not fit for human habitation, let alone our precious kids.

    1. Anonymous
      August 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Ah! You would not have seen that last year September. Don’t worry it will be done and you will still have something to say.

      1. Yes
        August 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

        Giving all our lands to a fake penniless investor. This is vision. You flambeaus will have to leave this island when we return into office. All of you going to Prison.

  7. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Back when I was a little boy the fresh produce venders had precedence nowadays it’s flea market with junk every turn you make, we need to revitalize the fresh produce on the island before it goes extinct.

    There is also need for a make over of the sidewalks and drain covers in Castries, with traffic lights consisting of cross-walking signs, too many times I have seen visitors stranded and unable to cross at the lights, depending on drivers to give them a go ahead. If tourism is for now the main-stay of the economy, let us treat the visitors with respect so they can return again and give a good impression of us.

    1. Anonymous
      August 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      BRAVO. Go advise to the gov’t.

  8. Watch y'all bread lucian
    August 26, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Hey y’all go hear and see the little 3 dollars y’all paying everyday go come more watch and y’all go see Lucian watch y’all bread

  9. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    The man only went to the market to try to smooth fedee talk I for sure not studying him I should be there to shoo him he lucky I don’t open on a Saturday (Word deleted)

  10. Madam chasnay
    August 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Chatanet does lie

  11. Patriotic
    August 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I guess the vendors will stop selling shirts with the print ” ST. LUCIA, WE BE JAMMIN” and replace them with “SA KA FETE” prints.

  12. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    The vendors do need a comfortable place to operate their business….but I can’t help but wonder if this is this damage control for the market talk comment made by this tourism minister

  13. Anonymous
    August 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    *the tourism minister

  14. Anon1
    August 27, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Why why why, go to an outside agency to review the plans?????

    You’d like for all the produce or the majority to be St Lucian at worst OECS.

    So why not keep that same attitude with regards to architects or agencies! Keep them local as well because surely we’ve got more than enough competent individuals in St Lucia.

    Identifying two sources of funds doesn’t tell us much at all. I need funds or a loan I could online and identify 20 lenders but it doesn’t mean ill get the funding.

    More importantly you need to, HAVE to disclose the two potential lenders and terms of these loans.

    How much funding will be needed and at what repayment terms.

    This yet another other example of lack of TRANSPARENCY.

    Tells us what we need to know the important stuff not the gibberish we already know.


    1. Buy Local
      August 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Agreed. There’s enough talent on this island. The ‘outside agency’ is vetting a plan that was created under the auspices of Ausbert D’auvergne, by a bunch of Disney ‘Imagineers’. For this plan, known then as the quadrant plan, these consultants got paid 100’s of thousands, and produced a document with knowledge gleaned from many local consultants, and made glossy with an overlay of disneyfication – Pirates of the Caribbean themed cruise ship attraction, Rat Island to be renamed Jacquot Island, and an amusement park placed at vigie cemetery amongst other things. This is not what we need! We have enough good people here on island and in the region to create a vision plan for St. Lucia without resorting to outside consultants turning our island into a glorified theme park with we the people as park minions.

  15. Amazing!!!
    August 27, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Merely damage control and thank God you are not blind as the others who have commented….all of a sudden investors and this proposed promise will materialized by Christmas…wow….thats in three months…..back track pm please…..we Lucians too quick to take any and everything at face value…read between the lines….pm now concern about market….wow…amazing….not a hater of pm but crap is crap and this my friend is one…..u can’t fix Fedee comments to reporter with this…god bless st.lucia and us all…peace

  16. Anonymous
    August 27, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Your deeds are worth much more than your words. Show me something concrete then I’ll believe you. Read carefully, nothing the PM has stated has been concretely confirmed. What I have garnered from his statements is wishful thinking. If you are going to renovate or redesign the market, the people who are going to be directly affected should have some sort of input. What has the government done to boost the output of the agricultural sector? However, I feel compelled to say that the SLP has no moral authority to criticize because this project, and many others, they left undone while in office.


  17. slop sink
    August 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Forget about everything about this useless place. Nobody want to eat or shop there. It’s a god damned urinal! Stinks of urine , really really bad on the hot days after it rain. De place needs a good bucket & mop brigade.

  18. Anonymous
    August 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Why are you all frustrating every plan that the Prime minister has to make things better? Why so much contempt for the man? St. Lucians Rome was not built in a day. Kenny was St. Lucia’s PM for 15 years. How much did he accomplish over all those years? The answer- a backlog of DEBT for whoever his successor was to pay. Chastanet is in office for only 1year and six months and miracles is expected of him. Even God who is considered almighty took Six days to create the world. Could He not have created all in one Day? Of course He could, but He showed that you cannot have it all in a day. Hope the wise understand the lesson.

    1. Dennery Segment
      August 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      The debt never started with Dr. Kenny and will not end with him. Chastanet alone has amass close to 1 billion dollars in debt in his budget. Don’t you simi-literate read or listen or even understand? And how is St. Lucia 🇱🇨 able to function without borrowing? How? Stop drinking Chastanet backside water.

    2. Dennery Segment
      August 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Dr. Kenny performed exceptionally above par than any PM. He delivered. Debt is and cannot be avoided by poor developing states. And sure even wealthy nations are debt ridden. Chastanet alone has increased the debt close to one billion dollars in one year. He has brought no investors. He is now riding on the coat tails of the SLP and bragging about it. Chastanet is a dysfunctional child.

  19. Anonymous
    August 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Well, God is God and chastanet is man, they do not compare.

    1. Eric Shon
      August 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Difference: Chastanet is real, god don’t exist.

      1. Anonymous
        September 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        stay in school my brother…lol

  20. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I want to see results, because experience tells us that politicians of all stripes are liars…most of the time.

  21. Anonymous
    August 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Before the last general elections the stopping pm and his money grabbing ministers use to have breakfast at the market, that is no more, was just a ploy to fool the people and it worked.up to now the minister ubaldus famous for jocking is still in the house doing what he loves masturbating and getting paid to do just that (jocking) smh

    1. Anonymous
      August 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      @Anonymous August 27 2017 at8:31 pm. You made me laugh. Politicians would do anything to attain power. They would take and kiss babies, eat your food, drink with the boys, eat on the sidewalk, hug and fist bump you, just to impress you that they are one of you. These people are congenital liars, insatiable in money grabbing supremely supercilious, kleptomaniacs, and megalomaniacs .They prey on people’s ignorance. They get extraordinary happiness in dividing the people from cradle to grave.


  22. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Is Peterson Francis the Mayor of Castries or the Chairman of The Castries Constituencies Council? Does the CCC only serve the center of Castries? as far as I Know the Mayor has to be elected and the last elected mayor was Joseph Desir. Mt Francis need to tone down and stop acting like he owns the CCC. The real joke is to read the signs on the CCC buliding and take not of the size of the letterings

  23. Anonymous
    August 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Castries gross

    Fixed that for your Chastanet.