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Nov 15, 2017

No Ease for Ex-Servicemen Manager – She Must Pay to Park

Congestion and an overall lack of adequate parking along Newtown Barracks in the vicinity of B.T.L. Park, continues to be a problem for patrons of the various establishments along the entertainment strip.  It is also an issue for employees of the call centers located in the area.  For Valerie Richardson, who works as a volunteer for the Belize Ex-Servicemen’s League, the fight for a parking space in front of Canada House is a daily hassle.  She reports to work long after employees from the nearby call center have occupied the available spaces, forcing her to park her vehicle in an area which is off limits for parking.  Despite the fact that the designated area is right in front of the building, she has received several parking tickets and is asking the Belize City Council for reprieve.  Today Mayor Darrell Bradley said that solution to that problem is fairly easy, purchase a reserved parking space along the street.


Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

“That’s a simple situation.  The first thing is that any person has the facility of paying for reserved parking so that those people can access parking on the street which would be designated as reserved parking exclusively for them, but they would have to pay for that.  I don’t know what the cost of that is but I know that routinely shops and businesses and so forth have reserved parking and there’s a monthly fee that is being paid.  That’s actually a significant source of revenue for the city council.  But one of the things that we have to move towards in the city, and we maintain this as an issue, it continuously, it is a problem for us at the city council level that buildings are being approved and they’re getting building permits, not from the city council but they’re getting building permits to allow commercial enterprise and you do not have onsite parking.  One of the things with this facility, I’m not sure because I’m not too familiar with the area, but they are supposed to have, especially because it’s a public building, in the sense that people access for public services and they may have parties or different kinds of social entertainment.  So they actually should have parking on their premises, if they don’t have parking on their premises the only facility that they can avail themselves of is to pay for reserve parking.”

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1 Response for “No Ease for Ex-Servicemen Manager – She Must Pay to Park”

  1. kmheusner says:

    the ex-servicemens building was there looong before call center and all the rest and is voluntary organization. why should she have to pay for reserved parking? poor answer Mr. Mayor.

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