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'Forget your troubles, come downtown' - KSAC to use town hall meeting to seek buy-in to its plans for municipal district

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2013
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke with Deputy Mayor Andrew Swaby. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer


THE KINGSTON and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has scheduled its first town hall meeting for tomorrow as part of efforts to ensure a shared vision for the development of the market district.

Under the theme, 'Forget your troubles, come downtown', the KSAC will share its vision for the city with stakeholders, in what Kingston Mayor Angela Brown Burke said will be the start of a series of quarterly meetings this year.

Supporting Brown Burke, Deputy Mayor Andrew Swaby said the KSAC intends to tell stakeholders about its enforcement activities.

"We are using the first two weeks in January to sensitise representatives from the vendor and business communities (about our activities), which include cleaning of market areas, removing stalls from unauthorised areas being used for vending, and improving signage within the market district," said Swaby.

He said the dialogue and action will continue throughout January.

"The objective is to make it clear that we are determined to restore good order to the streets of Kingston.

"Public order needs to be restored to the heart of the city. In short, vending will not be allowed in non-vending areas," emphasised Swaby.

Officials of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Jamaica Public Service Company, National Water Commission, Kingston and St Andrew Public Health Department and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management are expected to attend the meeting.

The KSAC should also get support from the Child Development Agency and the police at the meeting, which is scheduled to take place at the Leslie Ridout Hall located at 80 King Street, starting at 5 p.m.