JIS News

Come April 1, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will commence a new vendor registration exercise in the Corporate Area.

Making the disclosure during a KSAC Council meeting at its Church Street chambers in downtown Kingston on March 12, Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Angela Brown Burke, informed that the registration process serves as an important planning tool.

“(It) helps the Council to determine a number of things (such as) the number of vendors in our markets; the number of available spaces; the type of goods that are sold; the changing patterns in markets and arcades; and where there is need for additional spaces,” she said.

The Mayor noted that while the KSAC recognises that many persons ‘try a ting’ in terms of selling, because of the challenging economic times, this cannot be done without regard for public order and the rules that govern vending, “because it then becomes a haven for criminality and other kinds of activities.”

“As the KSAC, we have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for our vendors to do business and for our citizens to shop. And we intend to provide that,” she stressed.

Mrs. Brown Burke reiterated her call for vendors and their associations to take the necessary steps to get registered.

“All vendors need to be registered to sell in Kingston and St. Andrew,” she pointed out.

The Mayor assured that the KSAC will partner with the Electoral Office of Jamaica “to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible.”

By Alecia Smith-Edwards