I would like to know the exact reason why the Georgetown City Council is refusing to rehabilitate and maintain the “Pergola Promenade” the national monument located on the Merriman Mall the construction of which was financed by the six institutions under the umbrella of the Cooperative Financial Administration during the 80s, and which was dedicated to the sterling performance of the late Shirley Field-Ridley, a former minister of the government and former wife of the immediate past Mayor of Georgetown.
For the last 21 years during the Mayorship of Hamilton Green, this memorial was left to become a haven for vagrants of all sorts, and was subjected to all types of solid waste deposit, including human excrement. Was this deliberate? Is there some sort of agenda to denigrate the memory of Shirley Field-Ridley? Does someone wish to have her contributions erased from our memory?
I have noticed that in the recent sprucing up and major construction activities going on at the Merriman Mall, this structure seems to have been deliberately ignored by the ruling cabal at City Hall, with brush and other unsightly garbage still can be seen desecrating this edifice.
Rather than rushing off to build a Presidential Park shouldn’t the Town Clerk have considered rehabilitating this monument first?