May Pen mayor tells visiting vendors to look elsewhere
Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer
Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell is warning persons wishing to ply their wares in the May Pen market to look elsewhere as the town has no space to accommodate new vendors.
Vendors from as far as St Mary and Trelawny and close-by parishes such as St Catherine and Kingston travel to May Pen daily to peddle their wares.
However, Barnswell says the May Pen market has surpassed its capacity.
He says currently there are 1,052 registered vendors, but he notes that the market's maximum capacity is only 800.
And the May Pen Mayor says vending in unauthorised areas has created traffic problems and resulted in a garbage build up because of improper disposal.
Barnswell says the fact that physically challenged persons are unable to access sidewalks because of illegal vending is also another concern.
He adds that pedestrians are also forced to walk in the roadways because sidewalks are overrun with vendors.
He says the parish council will be taking a zero tolerance approach to illegal vending in May Pen.
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