In a press conference held earlier today at his office, Castries Mayor Peterson Francis warned that a crackdown was imminent on “disgusting antisocial and unhealthy behaviour.” He made it clear that persons would be charged if found “urinating, defecating, littering, and spitting in the streets, building corners, or anywhere in the city.”
Continuing, the Mayor said, “Over the past years, and for some decades now, disgusting traditions and practices have hurt the aesthetics of our city and have given rise to some public health concerns. Members of the public have transformed lamp poles, the back of buildings, around the CDC apartments, the vegetation in the city and bus stops into public toilets. Those areas serve as stopping points to relieve oneself while members of the public and visitors to the city are subjected to appalling and repugnant odours.
You cannot walk through the city without seeing persons relieving themselves. If not, the odour quite evidently points to the problem.
Currently, there are comfort stations in the city, they are located on High Street (to the back of the Council), on lower Jeremie Street (near Customs), Jeremie Street Plaza, Faux-a-Chaux, Pavee’, New Village, Leslie Land, Wilton’s Yard, Marchand (near the Marchand Bridge) and one soon to be commissioned in the Marchand Boulevard. We also have comfort stations in Rose Hill, Castries Market, Vendor’s Arcade, Darling Road Plaza, Babonneau bus stop.
I know the facilities are limited but very soon we will be building a few more comfort stations around the city.
In addition to urinating, defecating, littering, and spitting in the streets, we will be enforcing other laws that speak to:
- Indecent exposure and walking in the city bare-back
- Illegal parking
- Trucks carrying goods uncovered and those carrying debris to the dump
- Cement trucks which dump cement on the streets
- Vans hauling lumber and other materials without red flags at the end
You will be charged according to the Litter Act Chapter 6.05 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2008 and the Criminal Code, Chapter 3.01 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia 2013.
There are laws that govern our behaviour in the city. Let us respect and adhere to them.”