Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley has called on all Barbadians to play their part in keeping the city of Bridgetown clean.
Lashley made the call today at the launch of the Art Mural Project in Bridgetown, saying it is not the sole responsibility of the Sanitation Service Authority to keep the city clean.
“I believe that if the city is to remain sustainable and relevant it needs to be refreshed. [I’m] asking the public to play its part in keeping our city clean. I believe that not picking up your own garbage, urinating in the streets must become things of the past.
“[I’m] calling on the Royal Barbados police force to enforce the laws to see persons who are making a nuisance of themselves in the city, we should aim to see a number of them being arrested,” Lashley said.
He also called on owners of the buildings in town to refurbish them and maintain them properly.
“We definitely have to change the attitude of persons who are utilizing our city. This particular street, Broad Street, is a heavily used street and we have a responsibility as Barbadians to take care of our world heritage properties. Our capital city requires continued maintenance with respect to its infrastructure in particular; I believe that its maintenance needs some attention… I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the owners of the buildings to pay some attention to the maintenance of these buildings,” he said.
He noted that initiatives such as the Art Mural Project are a step in the right direction.
“I think this project would be able to turn around the current situation and I think this project is designed to continue that effort,” he said.
The project began with the painting of a mural on the Diamonds International Building on Broad Street. Lashley took the lead and helped to paint part of the wall after the official ceremony.