Wednesday, November 19, 2003 – The Castries City Corporation (CCC) now
has a new set of councillors, to carry out its mandate. On Monday evening, nine
persons took the oath of office.
Minister for Social Transformation, Culture and Local Government, Honourable
Menissa Rambally, implored the councillors to ensure that the interests of the
people of the city of Castries and by extension the country, is well looked
after in an environment of fairness and dignity. Minister Rambally emphasized
the necessity for the councillors to remain steadfast, to the already ongoing
programmes that have been instituted at the corporation, coupled with those that
the CCC will eventually be implementing.
“I trust that you will have the will and the determination to implement and
institute new programmes where necessary. I trust also that you will have the
will and determination to make changes where changes are necessary and where
changes are needed. Basically what I am saying to the new councillors, is that
there is much to be done. There is much expectation of you and I trust that you
will collaborate with the ministry to ensure that the work of the Castries City
Corporation is fulfilled,” she said.
Parliamentary representative for Central Castries, Honourable Sarah Flood
Beaubrun, expressed concern particularly regarding the noise pollution in the
city and alluded to the hard decisions that must be taken at times, in the
process of development.
Hon. Beaubrun made particular reference to noise emanating from activities being
held at establishments owned by the corporation, including the Castries Market,
with its usual country and western dances held almost every weekend. These
disturbances, Minister Beaubrun said, are a source of great annoyance and
discomfort, particularly for senior citizens of the city, who can’t sleep at
nights as a result of the incessant noise.
New chairman of the Castries City Corporation, Peter Foster, appealed to
stakeholders and other interest groups in the Castries basin, to assist the
council in addressing the problems and needs of the city.
“The problems of city overcrowding, poor road usage, and sometimes unsanitary
habits of a few uncaring persons, will be among the councils priority during our
tenure. We will also address the beautification of Castries, market vendors and
legislation governing the council,” Foster said.
Foster added that as a matter of urgency, he intends to hold dialogue with the
Cabinet secretary, the commissioner of police, officials of the ministry of
health and business owners in Castries, with the hope of resolving many of the
problems facing the city.
Other councillors sworn in are, deputy chairman Amos Cyril, Irvin Ferdinand,
Christine Berthelomy, Sylvia Cadasse, Arlette St. Ville, Vaughan Louis-Fernand,
Albert Joseph and Marius Modeste.