|Here we see a picture of a popular fridge magnet depicting part of Mahe’s celebrated ‘Golden Mile’. However if the photographer turned around, or simply walked a few metres further, the pictures to be taken would be very different indeed.
Beau Vallon is a congestion of major issues – and we don’t just mean traffic. Souvenir stalls and food vendors, coconut hawkers, beach lounger provision and illegal deckchairs, and as for decent public toilets and showers? Well don’t hold your breath…(or perhaps you should)….
But things are changing, and if Beau Vallon has become the ‘wild west’ of the Mahe coastline then the cavalry is, we are assured, on its way.
Firstly there is a fresh determination to make sure that all businesses are regulated by the relevant authorities, whether it be Health, Licensing or Tourism. This benefits tourists and legitimate businesses alike. In particular the health department is ‘fully engaged’ with Bazar Labrin, with problems estimated to be resolved by the end of January 2019.
Next is the government’s plan to buy back land and build toilets. The possibility of providing picnic tables has also been mentioned.
Just as Praslin became a focal point for concerted remedial action (in that case against criminal activity) Beau Vallon promises to keep a number of ministries busy as the new year approaches.
The intention is not, it seems, to curtail legitimate businesses, or to restrict the entrepreneurial spirit, however SHTA and government are in accord with the vision of Beau Vallon as a properly regulated, welcoming and functional location. It remains, after all, the most famous and celebrated beach on Mahe, even if some of the old glitter has become tarnished in recent times.
Hopefully 2019 will see this great national asset returned to its former glory.