Daily News– Stabroek Square is historically an iconic area. It lies in front of the renowned Dutch built Stabroek Market; one of Guyana’s oldest facilities.
Over the years, it has been an attraction for tourists from around the world. But the upkeep of the Square has not been the best.
Whilst Royston King was the Town Clerk of Georgetown, he was courageous enough to make hard decisions that saw the reformation of Central Georgetown.
Stabroek Square was also a main focus of King. All vendors that were around the Square were removed and relocated to Russell Square, south of Stabroek Market. These were the hat, cigarette, and phonecard, vendors.
King ordered that order be made on the minibus parks, especially routes 45 and 41 that operated from Stabroek Square. Chain link lanes were placed at the parks for order and a fee for operating minibus daily was enforced. Stabroek Square returned to its glory days of being a spectacle in central Georgetown. It was regularly cleaned and it enhanced the view of the Market.
However, that system was short-lived and chaos and disorder returned to Stabroek Square. Vendors littered the area without discretion. Vehicles including minibus ate scattered wantonly. The wonders of the market have descended yet again.
Garbage can be found virtually everywhere at Stabroek Square. Vendors indiscriminately leave their tacky stalls at Stabroek Square.
Despite littering is a crime, all around the police outpost nestled in Stabroek Square, is lined with plastic bottles, food boxes used phone cards and the list is seemingly endless.
Georgetown, renowned as the ‘Garden City’ is now being seen as the ‘Garbage City.’
Many environmentalists around Guyana have been urging citizens, to treat Stabroek Square as they would, were it to be their personal property.
However, many are calling for there to be strict rules to guide operations, including minibus lanes to promote law and order.
There is also a large fraction calling for there to be a policy guiding vending and there to be a hefty penalty for those caught littering or injuring the edifice of the City.