Member of Parliament, John Boyce, wants urgent improvements to Oistins’ facilities and immediate surroundings, starting with bathrooms and drainage for the Bay Garden area.
Addressing the opening ceremony of this weekend’s annual Oistins Fish Festival, the Christ Church South MP spoke of increased patronage to the refreshment stalls and said, “their efforts must be supported. We the Government have major responsibilities in this regard. The infrastructure needs to be maintained and the environment properly managed”.
“Our immediate need is repairs to the drainage at the Oistins Bay Garden, and the expansion of the bathroom facilities there,” Boyce stated.
“I’ve been in direct negotiations with the National Conservation Commission, and the Barbados Tourism Investment Incorporated on both these matters and look forward to the imminent repair and expansion of the bathroom facilities.”
Owing to the integrated nature of the drainage system, the Health Minister conceded that remedying that problem would take more time.
“The drainage solution, I must admit, is a little more involved and special funding must be sought and negotiated for this part,” he added.
The Minister also spoke of an expansion project for the area east of the Bay Garden, including the old Esso petrol station, which he revealed had been recently acquired by Government.
Boyce said that an earlier idea of converting the old petrol station into a bus stand for the Oistins Terminal was dismissed because of inadequate size.
However, against the backdrop of vendors utilizing the space in a disorganized manner, he called on Government departments to act quickly to meet the needs of the people.
“Agencies of Government charged with responsibility to manage these areas, [such as] the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Conservation Commission, need to act swiftly and definitively to put regulations and controls in place to satisfy the urgent public need.
“Too many enquiries go unanswered by these agencies and citizens are left to act completely arbitrarily as they seek to make a living,” Boyce charged.
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