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Displaced Kingston vendors flock Clarendon

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 3:51 PM

The Clarendon Parish Council says it is seeing an influx of vendors from Kingston who are overrunning the town of May Pen.

Commercial Services Manager at the parish council, Georgina Venson, told yesterday’s monthly meeting that the increase is partly because of the crackdown on street vending by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.

Venson says the situation is cause for concern.

Council Chairman and Mayor of May Pen, Scean Barnswell, says the council will be meeting with the police to develop a strategy to address the problem.

Barnswell says the parish council is resolute in its efforts to remove persons from sidewalks, roadways and other areas.

He says those who fail to comply will have their goods seized and repeat offenders will be taken before the court.

Vendors in the May Pen Market have complained about a fall off in sales as a result of the influx of persons from Kingston who are now plying their wares on the streets in the parish.