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Build arcade at Constant Spring instead

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:35 AM


This letter is in response to the article written by David Abrikian, contributor in the Monday, June 3, 2019 edition of t he Gleaner titled ‘Give Constant Spring vendors a proper market’.

I will start out by giving my reasons why there should not be a market at Constant Spring:

No council or government can build a market (a modern structure) for 20 vendors. For the past 20 years, the Constant Spring market was always operating at a loss in revenue.

The area, in the early 1950s, was a transport zone for people going to the hills of St Andrew, St Mary, and even St Catherine. That was where the tramcars of earlier years would end their journey (I do recommend a history board on the tramcar).

The Constant Spring area is now a fast-developing residential zone with two major plazas, which provide shops that cater for the needs of neighbouring residents.

To ease the mind of the writer, I would recommend 15 shops, in an arcade-like fashion between the main road and the Cassava Piece gully, that would sell fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. No stalls for dry goods, as each shop would be metered for water and electricity, and registered with the National Solid Waste Management Authority for the collection of garbage.

We must be reminded that Constant Spring is the entrance to the city from St Mary and the free traffic flow is needed, as well as a proper parking zone for buses and taxis.

Think about it – an arcade with 15 shops as against a market. This is not just for the vendors; it is for the comfort of all.


Former m ayor of KSAMC