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The primary focus of this Council for San Fernando has been a focus on improving efficiency through policy action and implementation. From the onset in January, multiple surveys were commissioned to identify the issues which are of a primary concern to the citizens of San Fernando.

The results of this survey indicated that traffic congestion and parking issues were the priority problems that required redress. However, in light of our national fiscal and economic situation, a more novel and efficient approach to managing this concern was necessary.

In light of these circumstances, members of council consulted with the TTPS, Municipal Police Traffic Managment and the Traffic Wardens Division to devise an efficient rerouting of traffic through the City core.

This new plan incorporated the tenets of an open consultative approach with all possible stakeholders. Schools, churches, taxi associations, businesses and public were all engaged and multiple points of view were considered and in many instances became a part of this new traffic plan.

The results speak for themselves as we have noted a dramatic improvement in the flow of traffic within the City. This exercise unearthed a new set of circumstances that exacerbate the issue of traffic congestion and has now been placed on the front burner for redress. Many businesses have erected illegal structures which impede the flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Whether in the form of overhangs, awnings or the modification pavements these all contribute to these issues and will be dealt with under the regulations and bylaws of the Municipal Act.

The San Fernando City Corporation has also taken steps towards the development of a better relationship with the Embassy of the United States of America. This was seen in our historic temporary relocation of the US Embassy to San Fernando earlier this year. In conjunction with this effort of strengthening ties, we have engaged the US Embassy in another initiative this Thursday in a business symposium where businesses and entrepreneurs with an interest in pursuing a business interest with the US are invited to come and seek more information.

We have also started a major drive towards embracing a serious stance on Arts and Culture as a viable industry in San Fernando. As was mentioned the fiscal restraints have placed additional challenges on these drives. However, the San Fernando City Corporation stands ready to support and facilitate initiatives that promote these ideals where possible.

One such drive towards this entrepreneurial drive is the introduction of the Farmers Market in conjunction with Namdevco as well as the hosting of both the One Love Concert featuring Chronixx and Eat Drink Jazz.

These initiative seek to showcase San Fernando as a viable option for events of these nature and would redound to the average citizen through the possibility of regular business opportunities.

We have taken a stance to continue our drive towards the development of San Fernando despite our economic situation. It is our belief that the experiences and lessons learnt during this period will positively impact on the way we conduct business in San Fernando as we search out efficient ways to execute our mandate to the Citizens of San Fernando.

The original article can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2017-11-18/san-fernando-initiatives-2017

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