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JUST IN: Constant Spring market now being demolished

Published:Saturday | March 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Scenes from the demolition work being carried out at the Constant Spring market
Neville Salmon removes a nail from a piece of board that made up his tyre shop

The Constant Spring Market, in St Andrew, is now being demolished.

It marks the end of a long-running impasse between the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) and persons who operated businesses inside the market, some of whom have been there for decades.

Neville Salmon, who operated a tyre shop at the market for 35 years, was on hand as workmen with heavy-duty equipment took the facility apart.

The impasse started in 2017 when the KSAMC indicated that the space occupied by the market was needed to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring corridor as part of Government's road-improvement project.

Vendors and business operators were previously given a March 31, 2018 eviction date, but that was later extended to September 30, 2018.

They twice got the court to issue injunctions blocking the KSAMC from demolishing the market.

The last injunction was lifted on February 28, clearing the way for the demolition.

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