Mayor excited over Castries Market upgrade plans

The Mayor of the City of Castries, Peterson Francis,  has endorsed the ‘extensive’ and ‘impressive’ plans by the Government of Saint Lucia to upgrade and modernise the Castries Market,a statement from the Mayor’s Office has said.

Francis accompanied Prime Minister and Minister of Finance,  Allen Chastanet  and representatives of the Ministry of Planning and the Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) on a tour of the Castries Market on Saturday.

According to the release, the officials discussed various ways to improve the area for the comfort of vendors and shoppers.

The tour, which took officials through the Vendors’ Arcade, the Craft, Food and the Provisions and Fish Markets, was part of plans to enhance the facility and the general image of the city.

“In the coming weeks, members of the public will see the transformation through a reinvigorated design and structure which will include new ultramodern re-modelling, a bandstand to accommodate regular entertainment, proper ventilation and a food court,” the release from the Mayor’s Office said.

It quoted Prime Minister Chastanet as saying that the idea is to raise the standard and quality of vending.

“Making reference to one of the most successful markets – Borough market in London, Prime Minister Chastanet hopes to emulate some of the features such as cooking stalls, cottage industries and bars,”the release stated.

“It is all part of the beginning of plans for the redevelopment the City of Castries,”  Chastanet was quoted as saying.

For his part, Mayor Francis said:

“We are trying to get all stakeholders involved and I wish for solely Saint Lucian products to be sold in the Castries market. It’s an exciting time because obviously there’s a lot of work that needs to be done – a lot of conversation that needs to be had, but we’re eager to get started.”

The plan and design for the Castries Market is already being pencilled by the architects and will be completed and presented to the public soon, the release from the Mayor’s Office said.

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 30, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    I cannot remember seeing that in the budget.

    Where is the money going to come from?

    Is that something just to get people’s hopes up?

  2. Anonymous
    August 30, 2017 at 6:26 pm Reply

    Just another ploy to travel which is the pm favourite with our tax payers money.gosh when will it end.smh.

  3. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply

    There’s a new storm approaching the Windward Islands 🙁

  4. Lucianman101
    August 31, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

    More action less talk please

  5. Anonymous
    August 31, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Please do not use a completely “modern” façade. I would like to see incorporated in the design some aspect of the old St.Lucian look. Like the buildings of old.

    1. Anonymous
      September 4, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply

      I second that.

  6. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply

    Do we always wont to be copying what we see overseas! What works there would not necessarily work here. Don’t we have the imagination to develop and create our own. ” I saw it in Loondon” ….smdh

  7. Anonymous
    September 4, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

    Another joy ride he wants, to go to the UK, I hope he can account for the monies he found after Mrs Lewis left a sum of about 3 million. Though the country is broke, the CCC was not found broke. Something to be monitored. Building renovated at an extensivee cost. Largess has started.

    Food for thought People.

  8. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm Reply

    For over 40 years, monies were allocated by the British Government to upgrade the Castries market, we were supposed to get the area occupied by electricity services, but they fought the decision and won, the abattoir was supposed to be relocated from the old place,, but a suitable site was not found., vigie was visited but the residents objected, The monies which were allocated, part was used to build the St.Lucia marketing Board building, and part was used to renovate the existing market, pending the allocation of space,what happened to the money Granted by the British Government for that purpose, I don’t Know

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