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Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie has assured that there would be no major dislocation of street vendors in the business district of Downtown Kingston this Christmas season.
He said based on the arrangements established last year in the system and the weekly ongoing meetings of the Council’s markets committee with vendors, the police and other business interests, the scheme was expected to remain effective during the period.
Mayor McKenzie was speaking at the monthly press briefing of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) at its Church Street offices yesterday (November 9). Councillor McKenzie said although the Council had been proactive in preventing vending from taking place in certain areas, over the next couple of weeks there would be increased activities as it was expected that persons would attempt to do business in no-vending areas.
As such he informed that certain streets within the market district, the names of which are to be announced, would be designated for street vending only for the season. Mayor McKenzie said while there had been some difficulties over the last few weeks in the area, initiatives involving the Peace Management Committee and other groups had seen “a significant reduction in the uneasiness in Downtown Kingston where a significant amount of profit was being lost within the market district,” with collection sometimes being as low as 5 per cent.
However he said, “there has been a significant upturn in revenue since the last three weeks,” with further improvements being anticipated as the festive season approaches. He further assured that the KSAC was determined to work with all the relevant agencies to make shopping in Downtown Kingston as safe and as friendly as possible.

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