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Enable vendors to get goods insured, says Commercial Services vice-chairman

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2013 | 9:32 AM

The vice-chairman of the Commercial Services Committee in the St Ann Parish Council, Ian Bell, is calling for changes to laws governing the island's markets following yesterday’s fire.



He wants the laws to be adjusted to enable vendors to insure their belongings against loss.



Bell notes that vendors are unable to get coverage for their goods as at present the Market Law of the 18th century states that no goods should be left in the market overnight.



However, he says nowadays it is impractical to ask vendors to take home their goods every night then put them out each morning.



He says the law is outdated and politicians should lobby to have it changed so that vendors can benefit.



He suggests that the law should be amended to compel vendors to form a group and get insurance coverage for their goods so that they can get compensation in cases of disaster.



Yesterday morning’s fire which started shortly after seven destroyed four shops.

Several other shops were damaged by water as firemen worked to put out the flames.



Bell says the St Ann Parish Council will undertake the responsibility of repairing the damaged shops as they belong to the council.



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