Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, is yet again urging vendors, who ply their wares in downtown Kingston, to become registered and utilise the designated vending areas.
She noted that this will, among other things, assist with the maintenance of law and order in the commercial district.
The Mayor made the appeal while addressing the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), held on Tuesday, July 9, at its Church Street chambers downtown.
“If vendors vacate the streets and remain in designated vending areas this will allow the police unobstructed access to all areas of the commercial district. This will ultimately result in fewer crimes being committed. Vendors will also benefit, as shoppers will be encouraged to shop more freely, knowing that the area is more secured,” she added.
Mrs. Brown Burke said the requirement for registration is “absolute,” adding that “failure to comply will result in the appropriate actions being taken. As such, we continue the dialogue to arrive at amicable solutions to the issue of illegal vending.”
The Mayor added that it is only by way of registration that vendors can be identified.
She noted that the shooting incident, which occurred in the market district on June 24, 2013, further highlights the urgent need for proper security measures to be put in place to reduce these occurrences, as well as allow the security forces easy access to these areas.
Mrs. Brown Burke used the opportunity to express sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and commended the police on their swift actions in apprehending the criminals, while wishing a speedy recovery for those injured in the incident.
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