As the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) intensifies its efforts to clamp down on illegal vending in the municipality, the corporation has embarked on a programme to sensitise stakeholders about its enforcement activities.
This was disclosed by Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Andrew Swaby, as he addressed a KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (January 8).
“We are using the first two weeks in January to sensitise representatives from the vendor and business communities (about our activities) which include cleaning of market areas, removing stalls from unauthorised areas being used for vending, and improving signage within the market district . The dialogue and action will continue throughout January,” he said.
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Mr. Swaby informed that the programme will include a town hall meeting scheduled for January 23 at 80B King Street with all stakeholders, including the business community, vendors, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), the police, National Water Commission (NWC) and other concerned members of the community.
“The objective is to make it clear that we are determined to restore good order to the streets of Kingston. Public order needs to be restored to the heart of the city. In short, vending will not be allowed in non-vending areas,” he emphasised.
In the meantime, a Resolution was carried by the meeting regarding the re-organisation of vending in the Corporate Area.
Councillor for the Duhaney Park Division, Kevin Taylor, who moved the Resolution, informed that it seeks to “re-affirm some of the duties that we as a municipal authority are bound to exercise,” such as regulating vending.