Mayor Ex­cited about Plans to Up­grade Cas­tries Mar­ket

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Mayor of the City of Cas­tries has en­dorsed plans by the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia to up­grade and mod­ern­ize the Cas­tries Mar­ket.

Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet, along with Mayor Peter­son D. Fran­cis and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Plan­ning and from the Saint Lu­cia Trade Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Agency (TEPA) took a tour of the Cas­tries Mar­ket on Satur­day Au­gust 26th dur­ing which they dis­cussed var­i­ous ways to im­prove the area for the com­fort of ven­dors and shop­pers.

The tour, which took of­fi­cials through the Ven­dors' Ar­cade and the Craft, Food, Pro­vi­sions and Fish Mar­kets, is part of plans to en­hance the fa­cil­ity and the gen­eral im­age of the city.

In the com­ing weeks, mem­bers of the pub­lic will see the trans­for­ma­tion through a rein­vig­o­rated de­sign and struc­ture which will in­clude proper ven­ti­la­tion and a food court plus a re­mod­elled band­stand to ac­com­mo­date reg­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment.

Speak­ing of the plans, Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet stated, “The idea is to raise the stan­dard and qual­ity of vend­ing."

Mak­ing ref­er­ence to one of the most suc­cess­ful mar­kets – Bor­ough Mar­ket in Lon­don - Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet said he hopes to em­u­late some of the fea­tures such as cook­ing stalls, cot­tage in­dus­tries and bars.

“It is all part of the be­gin­ning of plans to re­de­velop the City of Cas­tries,” noted Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet.

In his en­dorse­ment re­marks, Mayor Peter­son D. Fran­cis said this blue­print calls for the mod­ern­iza­tion and re-en­gi­neer­ing of vend­ing in Cas­tries.

“We are try­ing to get all stake­hold­ers in­volved and I wish for solely Saint Lucian prod­ucts to be sold in the Cas­tries Mar­ket. It's an ex­cit­ing time be­cause ob­vi­ously there's a lot of work that needs to be done, a lot of con­ver­sa­tion that needs to be had, but we're eager to get started.”

The plan and de­sign for the Cas­tries Mar­ket is al­ready be­ing pen­ciled by the ar­chi­tects and will be com­pleted and pre­sented to the pub­lic soon.

The Cas­tries Mar­ket will soon un­dergo ma­jor ren­o­va­tions as part of the Cas­tries re­de­vel­op­ment plan.

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