Piles of garbage in St Peter
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.
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.
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)