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.