Residents of Wilton’s Yard joined owners of business places on Chaussee Road on Sunday in a clean up of the area.
The President of the Wilton’s Yard Association, Peter Reynolds, told St Lucia Times that the clean up was planned by the Chaussee Road Owners of Business Association(CROBA).
Reynolds said the business owners are feeling the ‘bite’ and ‘crunch’ because of the stigma attached to the area where they operate.
“What we came to do was to bring the awareness back and to signal to the public that Chaussee Road is open for business,” Reynolds stated.
He declared that the stigmatisation of the area has to stop.
“At the end of the day you hear something happens in Vieux Fort, people put a picture of Chaussee Road or Wilton’s Yard area – something happens in Dennery, they still do that, so these things have to stop,” the Wilton’s Yard Association President said.
He said some 20 Wilton’s Yard residents and an estimated equal number of members of COBA power washed business places and the sidewalks, as well as trimmed overhanging trees and removed garbage with the assistance of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC).
According to Reynolds, Sunday’s exercise represented only the first phase.
“We want to get Chaussee Road up to a certain level – the level of ambience it had when I was a child, we want to see that come back again,” he explained.
“This was a place where business was booming – once upon a time we had guest houses and restaurants, we had shoe stores; I mean, you did not have to cross Chaussee Road when I was a boy growing up. We want to tell people :’Hey, things have changed around here, the violence and all these things are not part of anything that we are doing. Finally, Wilton’s Yard is at peace and calm and we are looking to change things on this part of town,” Reynolds told St Lucia Times.