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Letter of the day: Whither new stalls for Heroes Circle vendors?

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2015 | 7:08 AMJoseph M. Cornwall

THE EDITOR, Sir:
President Barack Hussein Obama visited Jamaica April 9-10.
A massive clean-up campaign and road repairs were embarked upon by the National Works Agency (NWA), the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Approximately $90 million was spent on road rehabilitation alone.
The vendors of crabs, soup, roast and boiled corn at National Heroes Circle had their stalls demolished as part of the cleanup campaign as National Heroes Park was involved in his itinerary.
The KSAC and corporate Jamaica had promised to formalise the vendors’ operation by building stalls. Today, it is business as usual, and the vendors are out in their numbers selling from their wooden stalls. What has happened to the plan to improve the lot of the vendors?
We should invite Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, on an official working visit to Jamaica and invite him to lay a wreath at the grave of the 150 golden-age residents of the Eventide home who lost their lives in the infamous 1980 fire.
I believe the vendors would get new stalls, etc., for this visit, as the NWA, NSWMA and KSAC could not embark on another cleanup campaign, including the vendors.
Who to tell? Mr Putin might just breach protocol and go over to the vendors to have boil corn, crab or even a cup of soup!
JOSEPH M. CORNWALL (Sr)
Managing Director/CEO
House of Tranquillity Funeral Home