Upgrades coming to Oistins facilities

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.

MP For Christ Church South, John Boyce


“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.



4 Responses to Upgrades coming to Oistins facilities

  1. Alex Alleyne April 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    What about putting some of that much needed money in BAXTERS ROAD. The “small man” over there had the rug pull from under him . Please spend some money here and bring we back to life…… I BEG YOU SIR…….PLEASE, PLEASE , PLEASE . pretty please

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    About time.

  3. Seth St John
    Seth St John April 5, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    A promise is a comfort to a fool

  4. Ralph Talma April 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I remember Oistins with exceptionally fond memories. It has now become a magnet for tourists. Indeed my son Edwy was out there enjoying himself and inter alia sampling the local menu with some mates not long ago. Health and safety is inter alia vital for successful tourism, and I hope Mr Boyce will be successful in obtaining the necessary funds to enhance the market’s environment. I shall be watching with interest.


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