Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mayor’s Office Cautions Business Owners Over Sidewalk Signs

Press Release:-  Businesses within the City of Castries are being advised against placing signs on sidewalks, creating a hazard for pedestrians, especially those with disabilities.

While these signs are placed daily by business houses to attract customers, our office has received numerous complaints regarding the placement of business signs on the sidewalks in the public right of way.

The Criminal Code, Chapter 3.01 of the revised Laws of St. Lucia 2013 states;

Section 493 – Things for sale projecting into or over the footway in city or town

A person who places, hangs up, or exposes for sale in any city or town any goods, wares, merchandise, matter or thing whatsoever, so that the same project or projects into or over any footway, or beyond the line of any house, shop, or building at which the same is or are so exposed so as to obstruct or inconvenience the passage of any person over or along any footway is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,000.

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis says that the signs are not simply an aesthetic concern, but also create problems for people with disabilities who must navigate around them.

The Mayor says businesses should desist from the practice of placing signs on the sidewalks.

“We continue to see signs placed to the center of the sidewalks hindering pedestrians. I have had complaints from persons with disabilities and concerned citizens. I have also seen persons with disabilities and wheelchairs having difficulty trying to maneuver on the sidewalk. It is of the utmost importance that all pedestrians have full and unobstructed use of the sidewalk available to them,” said Mayor Francis.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Not just for people with disabilities. They create hazards for everyone. Even when driving the signs block off your view. Case in point: two car wash signs on the sidewalk at the junction near JnMarie gas station. Vehicles on the highway move fairly quickly and you need a view as far as possible to determine if it is safe to turn onto the highway. If you’re in a car, those signs block off some of the view of Castries bound traffic. Called the transport board about that. They couldn’t care less. No one has any consideration for any laws here. And the public servants whose job it is make sure things are done properly don’t give two sh!ts either. Only with fines and dismissals things will improve here. So stop talking and start fining and firing.

    • So true about the sign by Jan Marie. I met a traffic police and told him. He said he will bring it up. I think he forgot as soon as I turned my back.

    • Lol. Good luck with that. alcohol shouldn’t be served within 200 yards of church or school. want to guess how close jeremie street is to the Anglican school and church?

      Lawlessness in every corner of this country.

  2. I AGREE WITH THE MAJOR AS IT RELATES TO SIGNS BEING A HAZARD, BUT COMMENTS RELATING TO TRAYS,,,,,,LET’S BE HONEST, PEOPLE HAVE TO SURVIVE AND EAT, LET’S NOT HINDER THE TRAY OWNER’S DAILY BREAD. AND LET NOT PLAY THE SANCTIMONIOUS CARD.. WHO REALLY CARES HOW CLOSE ALCOHOL IS BEING SERVED AROUND A CHURCH… SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!! FURTHERMORE THE GENERAL SATURATED INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE CITY PERMITS IT ANYHOW. LUCIANS ARE THE BEST. ALWAYS CONCERNED BUT WON’T LIFT A FINGER TO ASSIST THEIR BROTHERS OR SISTERS!!!!! ALTHOUGH I DOUBT ILL BE VISITING THIS PAGE AGAIN, I CAN IMAGINE SOMEONE TRYING TO COUNTER MY PERSPECTIVES WITH INSIGNIFICANT COMMENTS!

    • And herein lies the problem. They need to make a living so let’s turn a blind eye and ignore the law and other problems they cause. I’m sure that’s the same justification drug dealers, thieves and hitmen use. Things hard and I have to make ends meet. Law is law. Either follow or face the consequences. And yes people are concerned about alcohol establishments in places they shouldn’t be. Have you passed by some of those rumshops in town to see the state of these people? And the problems those shops and their clients cause for the people living there. You know those drunks who end up with diabetes, liver problems and kidney failure due to alcoholism become a burden on the already meagre resources of Victoria Hospital? Do you know who pays the salary of the employees of Victoria Hospital? Do you know who will be paying for universal health care?

      Some of you are just too declasse and accept any nonsense. The decent people say nothing because no one listens and does anything. Doesn’t mean they are happy about it. Just that empty vessels and noise. You know that saying right? Now we have a public spirited worker who is trying to improve things here, it is a problem. Don’t worry Mr. Mayor. Once you do the right thing you will get support from the people who care about this country.

  3. That’s what we always say. The people have to make a living. That’s why we will never improve. Things must be put in place for them to make the living. It doesn’t have to be there on the sidewalk. A few months ago my sister was passing on micoud street be the presbytery, the trays were there, clothes hanging. My sister had to go in the road and as soon as she tried crossing the drain she fell. If she had a broken leg who would take responsibility. Had the sidewalk been cleared of all these hanging closets she would not have fallen.

    • Being over 6 foot tall, it is difficult to use the sidewalks. The number of times my head and nearly eyes get stabbed by the stuff those vendors have hanging from their tray. If ever I get injured, rest assured I using every cent I have to sue the vendor and the CCC.

  4. This Mayor sure has good vision and good plans for city upgrade. Some of the trays in the city are causing problems but there are also some over hanging signs. For example, when walking from La Clery after the bend from Mr. Radjou shop there is a car wash business at the bank of a roadside restaurant. This car business has a sign on the sidewalk where people pass especially the Vide Bouteille, Sir Ira Simmons and Comprehensive School students along with the residents of La Clery. It protrudes onto almost half the sidewalk and is so low that one has to bend to pass under it. Please look into this Mr Mayor.

    Thanks again for uplifting the city.

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