‘Minimal’ dislocation as Pile Bay million-dollar facility gets started
Minister Kirk Humphrey going over plans with officials at construction site for new Pile Bay fishing complex
Vendors and fisherfolk at Pile Bay can look forward to a state of the art fishing facility within the next 24 weeks.
Work on a facility costing $1 million started officially this morning (October 12) at the St Michael location.
Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, was on hand to announce the start of construction on the site and to hand over the keys to a temporary facility for vendors displaced by the redevelopment.
"Fisheries and fishing for the government of Barbados is very important...Even though we are doing major repairs here we felt it was important to allow the vendors to continue to be able to ply their trade. That's why we have constructed this temporary facility that we will be handing over this morning...as we continue our process of renovating and repairing, and in some cases building almost new structures for persons who operate in the industry," Humphrey said.
On completion, the new facility will have seven stalls for vendors as well as two cold storage spaces, a walk-in cold room along with indoor and fully accessible outdoor bathrooms and a gazebo.
Pile Bay Fishing Facility
Minister Humphrey then stated that the temporary facility should minimize any discomfort for vendors as construction is completed.
"This facility in total will run us to about a million dollars for the repairs to the existing landing site, the construction of the gazebo, the associated work for the slipway, and so on. And during that time we have taken every possible precaution to make sure that the inconvenience to the vendors is minimized. I am pleased thus far and I hope you are pleased with the quality of the temporary facility," Humphrey said.
The minister dug the first trench to literally break ground on the new Pile Bay facility.