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Sidewalk vending at an 'unacceptable' level

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Gilmore

ST ANN'S BAY, St Ann:

MAYOR OF St Ann's Bay Desmond Gilmore has said the problem of sidewalk vending in the parish has reached an unacceptable level and the St Ann Parish Council is seeking to regularise the vendors responsible for this.

St Ann's Bay, the capital town of St Ann, along with Ocho Rios and Brown's Town, is the area where sidewalk vending is of most concern.

From time to time, municipal police and members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force carry out removal exercises, clearing streets, sidewalks and other areas of vendors who operate illegally.

However, the vendors usually return to take up their positions after the clearing exercise is completed.

While there is currently no plan in motion to address the situation, Gilmore says the St Ann Parish Council is seeking a long-term solution by trying to find space to relocate these vendors.

Gilmore acknowledged the importance of allowing people to make a living, but said changes have to be made.

"We want to have them in a designated area because what is happening now is unacceptable and we cannot allow it to continue," Gilmore told The Gleaner.

"We want to have a designated vending area outside of the market and we're looking at each town, but we have not yet found the ideal locations for the vendors."

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