Keeping Bridgetown clean

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.

Minister Lashley assisted in painting the mural.

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.

6 Responses to Keeping Bridgetown clean

  1. Lynn Lucas
    Lynn Lucas April 24, 2016 at 5:05 am


    • Pat Lucas
      Pat Lucas April 24, 2016 at 8:31 am


    • Lynn Lucas
      Lynn Lucas April 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      Pat, government is the biggest culprit re derelict buildings in the Bridgetown and Garrison area. I’m convinced that these politicians talk because they have mouths and think that we the citizens are a bunch of jackasses!!!!

  2. Alex Alleyne April 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Cave Shepard is the ONLY store on Broad Street where you can visit and go to the TOILET freely, other fast food joints do have a sign saying “bathroom usage for paying customers only”. I do not recall any store on Swan Street that lend rest room facilities to the public. Minister , you must make sure this problem is taken care of other wise “Bridgetown will always smell of pee”.

  3. Brewster April 24, 2016 at 7:15 am

    It is also the litter that is an eye sore for everyone. It is unsightly and unhealthy as pest infestation increases. Bins are there but some don’t care about the environment. On the spot fines for littering should have been in place a long while. No need to arrest as prison can’t take in anymore. Give traffic wardens and the police this authority.

  4. Tony Webster April 24, 2016 at 10:14 am

    I support @Brewster: industry, and responsibility, and brought-upsy, come before pride. And definitely before Pride and Industry.

    We are eons behind when it comes to general environmental management, and availability and quality of municipal public facilities, most likely owing to very disappointing experiences, where these quickly succumb to vandals and others of less-than-expected behavior. The facilities over at The Errol Barrow Park, should not be overlooked- these are “kept-up” well by the attendants there-kudos to them.

    However, most adult citizens start out life…at home, and this is where the problems-and their solutions, both rest.


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