Piles of garbage in St Peter

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BUSI­NESSES OP­ER­AT­ING along Fontabelle are wel­com­ing an an­nounce­ment that Massy Prop­er­ties has ear­marked the old Dacosta Man­nings Com­plex for com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity.

Massy has been advertising the St Michael com­plex as busi­ness spa­ces for bou­tiques, shoe stores, cof­fee shops, con­ve­nience stores, hard­ware stores, bar­ber stu­dios, and hair and beauty sup­plies.

Hay­den Cle­ment, owner of All Phase Elec­tri­cal, said while he was un­aware of the pro­posed com­plex, he saw it as some­thing pos­i­tive.

“For my busi­ness marginally you may see a bit more traffic, and in terms of peo­ple get­ting to know where we are in Fontabelle. I be­lieve it might have a pos­i­tive im­pact on our busi­ness, once it is not com­pet­ing di­rectly in terms of our prod­uct line,” he said.

‘Ex­cel­lent’ move

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor [cor­po­rate] at TMR Sales and Ser­vices, James Clarke, said he thought it was a bril­liant idea.

“I think it is ex­cel­lent that they have the con­fi­dence to re­open a busi­ness, es­pe­cially in that lo­ca­tion which is very prom­i­nent. I am very pleased to see it. I don’t know what busi­nesses are go­ing in there, but our busi­ness is mainly out­side of here. Our clients are scat­tered all over Bar­ba­dos, and we go to them rather than them come to us.

“I think any­thing to pull more peo­ple into Bridgetown is a plus. I know most peo­ple have moved out of Bridgetown, but I am happy to see peo­ple come back. Busi­nesses in Fontabelle are all pretty much still here, with the ex­cep­tion of one that I can think of that has moved out. But it is good, be­cause I don’t like to see prop­er­ties un­used,” he said.

Wayne “Crampy” Yarde, who opened his food place ear­lier this year, said while he also was not aware of the com­plex, it would add life to Fontabelle.

“It should bring some busi­ness back into the area. It is also very slow for the busi­nesses here now, and it should make it eas­ier ac­cess for any kind of things we need nearby. Those types of stores will put some traffic and add some life back in Fontabelle,” he said.

Com­pe­ti­tion

Yarde con­ceded there would al­ways be com­pe­ti­tion but did not an­tic­i­pate “a big fall­out be­cause we al­ready have our own set of cus­tomers”.

An­other food ven­dor, “San­dra”, who has run an eatery on Fontabelle for the past 13 years, said she did not fore­see any ma­jor im­pact from the pro­posed com­plex.

“God has put me here and He will keep me here. I don’t see any other busi­ness in Fontabelle as a threat. I do my stuff and I do it ex­cel­lent. I try ev­ery day to give an ex­cel­lent prod­uct and good ser­vice, and that’s my track record. God has kept me here, and He will keep me here as long as He wants,” she said.

Over the years Fontabelle has seen a falloff in busi­nesses along the strip, es­pe­cially since the clo­sure of a com­mer­cial bank. How­ever, a ren­o­vated gas sta­tion was re­cently re­opened. (RA) MOUNT­ING GARBAGE PILES in parts of St Peter have res­i­dents cry­ing out for re­lief.

Some house­hold­ers said it had been more than two weeks since the San­i­ta­tion Ser­vice Au­thor­ity made the rounds in their ar­eas.

“It’s over two weeks now and the garbage is still not picked up and it’s not good,” one woman said.

In Ceme­tery Lane, the trash was in front of al­most ev­ery house while other house­hold­ers choose to keep it on the inside in hopes that a col­lec­tion would be soon.

In the shop­ping area of his­toric Speight­stown, there were two large piles in Chapel Street and the ad­ja­cent Queen Street, out­side the old St Peter Post Of­fice.

In Farm Tenantry, just off the high­way, as well as in Rose Hill, peo­ple from those ar­eas had sim­i­lar com­plaints about the un­sightly garbage. ( RL)

THE GARBAGE was pil­ing up in Farm Tenantry yes­ter­day. (Pic­tures by Ricardo Lea­cock.) This was the scene in Rose Hill.

THE OLD Dacosta Man­nings Com­plex is be­ing ear­marked for new com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity. (XVP)

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