Government urged to seize abandoned buildings

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.


  1. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I totally agree


  2. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I agree with the writer too many old buildings in castries simple.

  3. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I agree all the abandoned houses on island cause it is so hard to see these types of things and what makes it worse these houses are in the courts family disputes that never ending look at so many young ppl looking for a placecto rent close to the city and to see those old buildings there and vagrants shooting up cocaine in there sometimes cooking there that is a major fire hazard

  4. Unknown
    October 9, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Yes and a lot of guns being stored in these old buildings too. U tink ah joking???

  5. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:20 am

    The problem clearly articulated and a sensible, workable legal solution identified. The sad truth, however, is that we have a serious problem in this country with implementation.

  6. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

    We are talkers, not doers.

    1. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm


  7. Patriotic
    October 9, 2017 at 8:40 am

    To be frank successive Governments have allowed public buildings to become derelict and abandoned so if a Government cannot manage its own property why do we want to entrust abandoned private property to the State?

    1. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I fully endorsed the comments of ‘Patriot’. Government MUST always lead by example. If the government is lawless then society becomes lawless. Successive governments blatantly ignore problems that are so conspicuous. Governments should set standards for the rest of society to emulate. Public buildings including schools, hospitals, health centers, police stations and all others should be well painted, fenced and generally well kept. Drains should be cleaned, roads well maintained and the verges of the roads cleared of overgrown vegetation. All abandoned, dilapidated buildings demolished once given the legal authority to do so. Make St. Lucia the envy of the world.

  8. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I totally agree. Destroy them. Bulldoze them. Let’s irradiate criminal activities and rodents.

  9. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    A nation of talking with no action

  10. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

    The building in the picture if am not mistaken should be the property of a former minister and attorney general. If this building is located at Maryanne street. I am in agreement to the seizure of theses buildings and let’s make some good out of them.

  11. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    That’s Richard fedrick building

    1. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm


  12. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

    i agree..i second that………….and to that Unknown idiot.that write you tink ah joking??????what kind of English is that you went to school on a Saturday

  13. Lucian
    October 9, 2017 at 9:28 am


  14. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Amen. I totally agree. We need to uplift the place and these abandon buildings are an eye sore

  15. David fanfan
    October 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Maybe the owners have tried to get the property back but the laws and system has stoped them from doing so.

  16. Fairplay
    October 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    These properties should be acquired not seized. The City of Castries through its Mayor should apply to the law courts to have the offending properties designated “blighted”. The appropriate arm of government charged with acquisitions can then cause development with the eminence befitting the area and era. I so advise.

  17. Barry Allen
    October 9, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Like wow u don’t want to be identified but u will say we have a business nearby

    1. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm


    2. Anonymous
      October 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm


  18. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 11:14 am

    You are asking the government to acquire people’s abandoned buildings when the government themselves own buildings that are also abandoned or derelict such as the Dayer building at Bois D’orange, old Ministry of Education building, the Court House just to name a few and have not put them to any productive use. The building you have made referrence to is family owned, so why have you focussed on just on a member of that family who happens to be a past government Minister. Though there is some merit for your concern but you have clouded it with political trimmings that have exposed your yellow motives and therefore
    placed your concerns into question.

  19. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    i am totally agree with the Government seize all of them too many not only castries but island wide

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