Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has lamented the lack of enforcement of environmental health laws by the Environmental Health Department.
“Look at environmental health – look at the mess we have in the City. All businesses, they do not have grease traps. We have rats; we have all these things – who’s enforcing (laws)?” Francis said Monday during the MBC Television programme, Police Insight.
He noted that the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) gives people permission to sell food and other things, but is not responsible for policing environmental health matters.
“Nobody goes and checks these things, but let somebody die in there – all of a sudden you hear a committee is formed,” Francis told Police Insight hosts Shervon Matthieu and Camron Laure.
He spoke of individuals who sell fish on the road.
“The guys are there from eight O’ clock in the morning – bare backed; no ice, nothing- flies over everything. Where is Environmental Health? Why are we allowing it?”
According to the Mayor, Saint Lucia must be one of the most blessed countries in the world to not have had an epidemic.
Francis made the comments while noting that certain government agencies, including the Customs and Excise Department, are not ensuring compliance with laws they are supposed to enforce.
In the case of the Customs department, the Castries Mayor observed that it is supposed to ensure that persons who sell liquor have licences.
“You find before that Customs would go to the business places and make sure that your licences are in place and so on,” he told Police Insight.
Francis also spoke of vagrants in the City.
“Are you hearing Human Services doing anything? ” He asked.
The Mayor said he will continue to advocate for agencies to come together and enforce the law.