‘We shall not be moved’ – Mayor says will proceed with parking meters project

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In spite of mounting concerns being expressed by various stakeholders, Georgetown Mayor, Patricia Chase-Green, today said that the city will proceed with the parking meters project which is expected to come on stream from September 1.

At a press conference held this morning at City Hall; Chase-Green, Town Clerk Royston King, and Councillors Mr. Oscar Clarke and Mr. Junior Garret among other officers of the City, sought to address some  of the burning issues surrounding the project and to provide an update on their recent visit to Mexico and Panama.

Mayor Patricia Chase Green and members of her team briefing the media this morning at City Hall
Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and members of her team briefing the media this morning at City Hall

In justifying the implementation of the project, Chase-Green said that the initiative will add many benefits to the city; these include; easing traffic congestion and pollution to the environment, creating one hundred new jobs for citizens in its initial phase, providing the city with much needed revenue and boosting investors’ confidence among others.

She also noted that the Council is not required to invest any monies into the project.

Councillor Mr. Oscar Clarke added that the issue was raised with Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan, who indicated his support for the initiative and promised to share same with the Cabinet.

Meanwhile, in responding to claims that citizens would have to pay $500 per hour for parking, Chase-Green said this is certainly not the case. “Really we are in negotiations with that…and it will be much less than that,” Chase-Green explained.

She further noted that for employees parking outside of their workplace, there will be ‘special concessions’.

Over the past few days, there were several concerns expressed by commentators, transparency advocates, the parliamentary opposition and the deputy mayor himself, Sherod Duncan, concerning the project. Concerns include; the total lack of transparency surrounding the project, the legitimacy of the company contracted, the price proposed to be charged, the fact that no prior public consultations were held with stakeholders, and the overall secrecy and constant inconsistencies that surround the undertaking.

 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. This Mayor woman seems to be a bully. She was well trained by the former Mayor who was a bully himself. She should be removed from office immediately, but the President seems not to remove anyone whether distasteful or not from positions he/she is put in. This could be seen when many of his Ministers should have been removed from their positions.

  2. A little bully this parking meters idea will fail in the first and second phase, what you need to do is to help the police with the crime in Georgetown and investors will come More street lights etc and investors will come , hundreds of us wants to come back and invest but worry about the security of the country ! I know you want to put your name in history books but Guyanese is not ready for this !!

  3. So I’m guessing the President’s word has no power or merit since MCC seems defiant and are still bent on proceeding with a project which no proper consultations or due diligence was carried out, interesting, I wonder what are Mr. Freddie Kissoon’s thoughts on this matter.

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