Govt hopes M&CC would use suspension period to renegotiate better contract with SCS


Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, said he hopes the three-month suspension of the parking meters will allow the Georgetown Mayor and City Council to renegotiate their fees with Smart City Solution.

According to GINA, the minister said central government is not opposed to paid parking but, hopes that consultations will be held between the City Council and stakeholders to establish a common ground using the recommendations made by the Ministries of Legal Affairs and Finance.

Persons were being made to pay $232 per hour of parking in the designated areas.

According to GINA, Bulkan said that he supports the idea of parking meters within the capital city since it will regulate the traffic as well as parking.

The minister noted that the City Council’s efforts should also be directed to other violations of the city’s by-laws including building violations, noise pollution and other breaches of the municipal and local governance, GINA said.

Earlier this month, cabinet suspended the parking meter project for a period of 90 days due to the exorbitant fees and lack of transparency surrounding the contract between Smart City Solutions and the Council that had led to members of the public requesting the revocation of the project.

During a post cabinet media briefing, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had said there were other concerns raised by Cabinet pertaining to the cost of parking in the jurisdiction of Georgetown, the provision for the parking of police, army and fire service vehicles and ambulances, the financial arrangement of the project and the need for greater involvement of stakeholders in the process.

Over the past weeks, there have been several calls for the parking meter project to be completely scrapped. Several groups took to the streets to challenge the legality of the project.


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