Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has urged vendors at the Brown’s Town Market in St. Ann to be more responsible while operating within the space.
“Vendors have their share of responsibility in regard to how they conduct themselves in the market,” he said, noting that they have a duty to ensure that the environment is pleasing and welcoming for themselves and shoppers.
Mr. McKenzie was speaking following a tour of the market grounds on Tuesday (Aug. 4).
He has committed $15 million towards the refurbishing of the market, in order to create a cleaner and more comfortable environment for the over 700 vendors who operate at the facility, including sellers of ground provisions and haberdashery.
“This is an immediate need. It is time now that something is done to the market,” Mr. McKenzie noted.
For her part, Market Clerk, Doreen Pearson, told JIS News that she is excited about the work to be undertaken to improve the facility.
“I am glad that the Minister came to see the market and I can now say to the vendors ‘the market is going to be repaired. You are going to get clean places to stay, clean bathrooms and so on’,” Ms. Pearson pointed out.
The touring party included Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Sydney Stewart, and other personnel from the St. Ann Municipal Corporation.