The Le Repentir Cemetery has been the final resting place for citizens of Georgetown over the years the massive facility encompasses some 103.508 acres. It was first established in 1861 and is the largest municipal burial site in Guyana.
The Council created its final draft report of the Le Repentir Cemetery Expansion Master Plan in March 2019 which highlighted the need for a re-envisioned burial site which would be elevated to the status of a national memorial.
As Georgetown continues to develop we must re-examine the Le Repentir with the focus of it not only being a final resting place for our loved ones but also providing additional transportation connection routes through the cemetery.
In the Council’s plan, enhanced revetment works will prevent the further degradation of the land which has resulted in tombs falling into the canals and others laying precariously. This will also upgrade the drainage infrastructure of the cemetery which will assist in providing relief for the surrounding areas. Space for benches and lighting to allow comfortable viewing and reflection is also allocated to add to the beautification effort.
The redevelopment of Le Repentir will significantly contribute to the outlook of the city in a demonstration of the dignity with which our departed are treated rather than the current overgrown grounds which are rapidly running out of space. Without immediate intervention, the challenge of space and accessibility will force the suspension of burials at the cemetery.
As we commemorate the Enmore Martyrs’ who are buried in the Le Repentir and noting the elevation of the burial site of Dr Walter Rodney to the status of a National Monument this is an opportune time to address the challenges of maintenance of the Cemetery.
The Council remains willing to work with all stakeholders to develop by-laws and policies to promote the maintenance of the scenic beauty of a redeveloped Le Repentir. These policies will include the regularizing of headstones and memorials at grave sites to promote uniformity and maximize the use of space.
The Deputy Mayor of Georgetown Alfred Mentore last night sent out congratulations to national cricketer Tevin Imlach on his selection to the Cricket West Indies’ President’s XI squad which is set to play Bangladesh next week.
Mentore, a former Guyana U19 opening batsman, also congratulated Gudakesh Motie on his test call up and on Tagenarine Chanderpaul on being named among the first test reserve players.
His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine along with Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore, Chief Councillor Oscar Clarke and Town Clerk (ag) Candace Nelson met with representatives of the National Insurance Scheme on its contributions on behalf of the staff of the Municipality yesterday.
His Worship expressed that he was pleased to update staff that their contributions are up to date with the institution as the Council continues to make payments.
Mayor Narine and the team also have engaged NIS on making payments on the behalf of staff where defaults occurred before the current Council. Some of these defaults date back to 1994.
Deputy Mayor and Chief Councillor Oscar Clarke indicated that the Council considered the meeting important and assured that backdated issues are corrected in the shortest possible time given the resources of the Council.
Town Clerk (ag) Candace Nelson stated that the Council and its administrative arm prioritize the issues of staff welfare as such ensuring NIS contributions are current is necessary as the Council does its part to ensure staff members enjoy the benefits of their service to the citizens of Georgetown.
The Council and officials of the National Insurance Scheme commit to working together and fostering a closer relationship for the benefit of workers.
His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine as well as Councillors and staff today bid farewell to Chief Constable (ag) Peter Livingstone.
At the moving ceremony held at the square of the revolution, Mayor Narine highlighted the dedication to duty which the Chief Constable demonstrated in the execution of his duties. His Worship in his remarks stated that it was unfortunate that the efforts of the Chief Constable were not recognized by the Local Government Commission despite the recommendation by the Council to have him confirmed as the Chief Constable of the Municipality of Georgetown.
Councillors in their remarks highlighted his service and pleasant deportment in their various interactions. A number of staff members were moved by his passing.
Also in attendance at the funeral service were the Leader of the Opposition Aubrey Norton and Opposition Members of Parliament Volda Lawrence and former Prime Minister Hamilton Green.
Chief Citizen, His Worship Pt Ubraj Narine regrets to inform the citizens of Georgetown of the passing of Chief Constable Peter Livingstone.
Chief Constable Livingstone served the Council with distinction and executed his duties with diligence and commitment.
I am deeply saddened by his passing and extend comfort to his family at this time. Details on his funeral arrangements will be communicated as available.
“Head of the Solid Waste Department at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Walter Narine explained that the use of plastic has a very dire effect on the work of the council. According to Narine, plastic makes up about 6.7 percent of the garbage that is collected from the drains, canals and road corners of the city every day.”