PPB wants market place turned into green zone

PHILIPSBURG–The Philipsburg Promotional Board (PPB) has issued a call for a green zone to be established where the Philipsburg Marketplace was located in town and has written Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT) Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on the matter.

In its letter dated October 16, PPB urged the minister to develop the area into a green zone. “With reference to your recent announcement that your ministry has ordered the removal of the kiosks from  the Philipsburg Marketplace, we of Philipsburg Promotional Board wish to recommend that you reserve and develop this area as a green zone or mini town park, with walking paths, tropical landscape, a waterfall and suited with benches, a swing, slide and see saw for children, also a hotdog stand, a ice cream stand and popcorn/sugar cake stand with a stage for performances by string and steel bands,” the group said in its letter.

“We also recommend the placement of a taxi holding lane, to be installed from the old fire station going south to Back Street, which would create easy and convenient access to taxi service in an organised manner. Such a lane will also avoid the current congestion of taxi vehicles, which has been experienced in front of the Court House and the Cyrus Wathey Square for numerous years.”

PPB said having such a green zone, powered by solar, with garbage recycling bins, not only meets new international trends, but it will have a nice welcoming appeal as one enters the center of town and will also be a heightened feature in the capital for island residents, visitors and families living in Philipsburg. “Within this area we can also display our national bird, song, food and other educational values about our capital and heritage. Such a green zone is likely to become a social gathering area for our island people and visitors.

“We trust that you will consider our suggestion as being a viable environmental feature for our capital and protect this area from any future structural development,” the group said. 

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70135-ppb-wants-market-place-turned-into-green-zone