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Apr 16, 2014

6th Street in King’s Park permanently a one-way street

In March, business operators and residents of Sixth Street in King’s Park raised the alarm when City Hall changed the street to one way overnight. Business owners in particular claimed that they would lose significant revenues, since customers would be inconvenienced by having to take another roundabout route. Mayor Darrell Bradley was advised of the discontent, and stated in March that the situation would only be temporary pending consultations. But the situation is now permanent – Sixth Street is one way. The Mayor says they consulted, and discussed, and then they decided.

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Darrell Bradley, Belize City Mayor

Darrell Bradley

“We had put together a series of consultations with various stakeholders that use that area – people who shop on Sixth Street, people who visit, people who live there and also businesses who operate from Sixth Street. The one way has been working…we had monitored that. I had indicated that it would be for a month long period. Councillor Elrington who has responsibility for traffic likewise indicated that to the media. We have continued it because it seems to be working. The difficulty we have had is that people are not adhering to the one way. The reason why it was made one way is that we did an analysis of the traffic situation there, the heavy congestion…there were other suggestions that were made as a result of our consultation including that you could make alternative parking…you could change it one way in the other direction or you could just do nothing and have it just being a free flowing area. That is something that was not accepted by us because we think that it represents a risk to public safety. We recently started the road safety campaign to alert people about the safety in relation to driving on the road. This is one of them. There’s a school that is there. We were made aware that the school will move…that will ease congestion but there’s still a substantial amount of businesses that are located there and there’s a significant amount of traffic. Of note…I want to emphasize that the businesspersons and the residents have entirely different views. If you would ask business persons they object to making it one way, but if you ask people who live on that street they are very happy with the new situation and those are the people who we consulted with and those are the people who we feel should get the upper hand because traditionally that was a residential area.”

 

Mayor Bradley says that contrary to their claims, he does not believe that the businesses on Sixth Street will suffer as a result of the one way. 

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1 Response for “6th Street in King’s Park permanently a one-way street”

  1. Stan Squires says:

    I am from Vancouver,canada and I wanted to comment on a man from Belize who was offered a job here in Edmonton,canada.The job was at a MacDonald’s Restaurant in the city of Edmonton. The man’s name is Jaime Montero.When he arrived at the airport in Edmonton he was met by MacDonald’s employers.They told him that they had a place for him to live and MacDonald’s took money from his cheques at work to pay for his rent which was very expensive.Jaime Montero didn’t have a choice of where to live.What MacDonald’s was doing is illegal here in Canada and they did this for their benefit not Jaime’s.After the rent was paid Jaime only had $700 for to live on for a month.This is well below the amount of money needed to live here in Canada.
    What Jaime didn’t know is that MacDonald’s Restaurants is considered the worst places of employment in Canada.Like he said himself workers are treated like slaves there.He found that out the hard way.The unions here in Canada are looking into this.I considers this a human rights abuse and Jaime should be compensated for what he had to go through.It would be a good idea for someone in Belize to speak to the Canadian consulate about this abuse of a citizen of Belize in Canada.

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