A a business owner who prefers not to be identified, is urging the government to seize buildings that have been abandoned by their owners and become overgrown with vegetation, infested by rats and other vermin and frequented by vagrants.
In an email to St Lucia Times, the individual complained about an abandoned residence on Mary Ann Street.
According to the email, the residence, which is infested by African snails, is owned by a former government minister.
” The place is filthy and smells really bad. Bus drivers, insane individuals and passersby go in the yard to urinate. Insane persons live in the abandoned house and urinate and excrete right in the yard so you can imagine the stench,” it said.
” We have a business close by and that is really bad for business … the stench is unbearable. We even pay to clean the former minister’s yard because there is so much bush and vines growing and sometimes it comes all in the yard of where we do business,” the email complained.
It said that business is also being affected by ‘all of the nastiness and infestation’.
“We didn’t bargain to entertain that nonsense. We’re sick and tired of buying slug bait and paying someone to cut the grass and spread slug bait in the yard every time. It killed a good bit of those snails and gave a break for about two weeks and the odor of those smell like a decomposed human corpse,” according to the email which was accompanied by several photos.
It asserted that customers complain about the smell.
“We can’t even open the door of the business because the decomposed smell comes and fills up our business place,” the writer said.
The writer suggested that if the owner of the building does not want to do anything about the situation, the government should seize the building and others like it that are in a filthy, run down state.
“There are so many homeless children, so many young persons that need a spot to rent at a cheap price, the government can use those places to open trade schools – that’s my opinion,” the email stated.
It urged the owner of the property to do something urgently about the building.
“We’re just sick and tired of this,” the writer declared.