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  • The KSAC is reporting that its trade licence compliance rate has increased between 25 per and 53 per cent in certain zones.
  • During the month of January, 164 or 39 per cent of businesses made payments, following visits to 425 of them in December 2013.
  • The Mayor is also encouraging owners of businesses to comply with the regulations of the KSAC before mounting signs and billboards.

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is reporting that its trade licence compliance rate has increased between 25 per and 53 per cent in certain zones.

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, made the announcement while addressing the monthly meeting of the KSAC, at its Church Street offices, in downtown Kingston, on February 11.

She noted that during the month of January, 164 or 39 per cent of businesses made payments, following visits to 425 of them in December 2013.

“I want to remind where we are coming from.  In 2012 when we began our Trade Licence drive we were looking at less than 10 per cent compliance. We are now between 25 and 53 per cent, depending on the area,” she said.

Senator Brown Burke pointed out that from Cross Roads to Half-Way-Tree (HWT), 162 businesses were visited and 86 paid, which represented a 53 per cent compliance rate. From Constant Spring Road (HWT) to Market Place, 48 businesses were visited and 21 were paid up, a 44 per cent compliance rate.

The Mayor added that from Eastwood Park Road (HWT) to Red Hills Road/Eastwood Park, 125 businesses were visited and 32 paid, a 26 per cent compliance rate; and from Cross Roads to Matilda’s Corner, Liguanea, 90 businesses were visited and 25 paid, which showed a 27 per cent compliance rate.

Meanwhile, the Mayor is encouraging owners of businesses to comply with the regulations of the KSAC before mounting signs and billboards.

“We have continued our drive to ensure that those businesses with signs and billboards are safe and compliant. Of the 425 visited this month, only 5 per cent or 21 were compliant,” she noted.

The Mayor said that letters were  handed to delinquents giving  them seven days to get in touch with the KSAC, and that telephone calls have also been made reminding them to comply.

“We need to send the message loud and clear that increased compliance, public order and safety are non-negotiable,” she emphasised, adding that non-compliance will result in the removal of billboards and signs.