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Employment, Sandy-Ground, Quartier d’Orléans: the prefect announces decisions

MARIGOT: The prefect invited the 23 elected representatives of the territorial council and the deputy to a meeting on Monday, November  8 at 4 pm to discuss the social situation in the territory.

The meeting was attended by Daniel Gibbs, Yawo Nyuiadzi, Sofia Carti, Steven Patrick, Annick Petrus, Maud Ascent-Gibbs, Raj Charbhe, Alex Pierre, Yolande Sylvestre, Pascale Laborde and Roméo Pipier (who arrived late) for the elected representatives of the majority of the Territorial Council, as well as Louis Mussington, Jules Charville and Bernadette Davis for the elected representatives of the opposition. Note that Annick Petrus was in video conference from the Senate in Paris and Steven Patrick also because he was blocked in Quartier d’Orléans.

Believing that “the context is not up to the challenges of the territory” and that “some people who have the legitimacy of the street arrogate powers that they do not have,” the prefect wished to convene the elected officials to discuss. “Force must remain to democracy, its representation, to the rule of law,” he recalled before reading a message from a user of social networks who asked him to intervene.

“Mr. Prefect, the recreation is over, it is time to clean up in the broadest sense of the term. Oyster Pond has been sequestered for five days without school. We were there for Irma, we have been reduced to the time of the Cro-Magnons, then the yellow vests, the riots, the strikes, the Covid and its aftermath, enough. It is time for you to take your responsibilities and to clear this situation, it will end badly (…) “. To the elected officials, Serge Gouteyron confided that, if he could not be satisfied with the use of certain words, “that’s enough [for him]”. And to be convinced that “an immense majority” of the population agrees to say “enough”.

The prefect moreover reminded the elected officials that he had received several times the collective or “those who ask that he receives them, without the legitimacy of the vote” by specifying “with the correction which is appropriate whereas some did not even remove their cap in front of the representative of the State, nor even their cap”. To the elected officials who thought that Serge Gouteyron had disrespected the members of the collective, he returned the remark: “Where is the contempt? Where is the lack of consideration?

Then, the prefect shared the recent measures he had taken to improve the situation. He thus decided to strengthen the working group in Quartier d’Orléans with representatives of the neighborhood on city policy. “We must improve and strengthen the presence of the State and public services in Quartier d’Orléans”, he acknowledged. He thus announced the upcoming return of the gendarmerie to Quartier d’Orléans.

He also announced the creation of a working group on Sandy Ground with elected officials, neighborhood representatives “and all the goodwill” “to work on the roadmap of the State” on the city policy.

In addition, Serge Gouteyron confided that he “let out a scream” on Monday morning during a meeting with the public employment services because “he was not satisfied with the way they were working in the field of employment”. He announced that he had asked to have a full monthly update on the situation of the job market and actions for the benefit of young people in Quartier d’Orléans and Sandy Ground. He repeated “his commitment” to the elected officials “to report on the action of the State, with supporting figures”.

Finally in response to those who commented that the prefect did not like this island, he denied it. “I maintain: I love this island.”

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