Residents of the communities of Pavee and Maynard Hill in Castries plan to tackle what has been described as a massive problem of sanitation, rodents and improper garbage disposal.
They will be holding a meeting at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 19, 2020, to discuss the issues.
The Ministry of Health says the gathering will provide a forum for the residents of the two communities to air their concerns regarding sanitation and make recommendations to improve the situation.
The Zonal Officer for the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) told St Lucia Times that the Pavee and Maynard Hill residents had approached the authority regarding continuous problems associated with waste management.
“We saw that as a very positive initiative backed by the community and we at Solid Waste are there to provide support,” Davis Mathurin explained.
“It’s all about the community – how best the community can improve,” Mathurin stated.
He encouraged the residents to come out on Sunday at the Maynard Hill-Pavee junction.
“The overall goal is the clean up of the community and a positive change in habits,” the SLSWMA official told St Lucia Times.
Long time Pavee resident, police officer Alex Morgan, said that the planned meeting arose from a desire to keep the community clean and beautiful.
“As you realise, the area is not only used by Pavee residents but persons pass through this area getting into town when there’s congestion at La Toc and on the Morne Road,” Morgan stated
“It’s used by everyone, bus drivers, tourists, taxi drivers, school children – everybody uses it,” he asserted.
But Morgan lamented that the community was becoming an eye sore.
He said as a result of the indiscriminate dumping of garbage, rodents are taking over.
Morgan disclosed plans for a cleanup on February 23, after the sensitisation meeting on Sunday.
A follow up meeting will be held later at the Rock Hall junction.
(Story updated to correct meeting date)