Georgetown kite-flyers to pay to use open-spaces

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 9:12 by Denis Chabrol

Persons flying kites in open spaces in Georgetown will have to pay to do so to assist with preparation of the areas and clean-up activities afterwards.

“Citizens who use the areas would be required to pay a minimal fee to offset expenses, and to assist with after event cleaning activities,” the City administration said.

In a release, City Hall did not disclose the amount of money to be paid and opted only to say it would be “minimal.” Several calls to the Town Clerk, Royston King’s office went unanswered and a City Hall spokeswoman did not immediately provide the information.

The open spaces for which payment would be required to fly kits are the seawall, Merriman Mall, Roxanne Burnham Gardens playground, East Ruimveldt, Evan Phillips Park Agricola, West Ruimveldt, Burnham Playground in Kitty, Lamaha Gardens  Ground and Durban Park.

City Hall said it was the Mayor and Councillors who were finalizing arrangements to facilitate the traditional kite flying activity in observance of Easter. However, the life of the Council has come to an end to make way for the holding of Local Government Elections held on March 19, 2016.

The City’s administration said it would be enhancing the aesthetics of its Municipal grounds by weeding, cleaning, and placing sanitary facilities and refuse receptacles.  This is necessary to allow Citizens to dispose of their waste in environmentally friendly manner, and to ensure environmental integrity.

“It has been observed that after public events, public spaces are often left in an insanitary manner. The Council is urging persons who would use the ground to utilize the facilities that would be made available.”