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  • KSAC is reminding vendors to ply their wares in the designated vending areas, particularly downtown Kingston.
  • The police have given the Corporation their assurance that they will be enforcing the no vending law.
  • Mayor Brown Burke, said the situation on Beckford Street, where vendors utilise the sidewalks and streets to sell their goods, cannot continue.

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is reminding vendors to ply their wares in the designated vending areas, particularly downtown Kingston.

Speaking at the monthly KSAC meeting held on Tuesday, January 14, at Council chambers, Church Street, downtown Kingston, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, said the situation on Beckford Street, where vendors utilise the sidewalks and streets to sell their goods, cannot continue.

“I believe that this is the worst of the problem, where people sell all year round without paying a cent to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, where lawlessness prevails. Let me remind shoppers and vendors alike, that Beckford Street between Orange Street and West Street is a ‘no vending’ area. Yes, that means no one is authorised to sell (there),” she said.

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She stated that the police have given the Corporation their assurance that they will be enforcing the no vending law.

“We need the cooperation of all law abiding Jamaicans. Often, when we move to do what we need to do, there are howls of cries about what you are doing against the ‘little man’ without understanding that this is needed to ensure that this city is an economically viable one,” she said.

The Mayor informed that over the next few weeks, various meetings will be held with stakeholders including the Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington; representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; vendors, merchants and their representatives.

She said that while special vending areas were assigned during the Yuletide season, these are no longer applicable.

“We are therefore going to be enforcing the vending areas as the Council authorised in 2000 and which was reaffirmed in 2003,” she said.