Francis: Street vending outside Castries Market is now banned
Castries Mayor Peterson Francis today Thursday, May 30th, 2019 sent out a strong warning to provision vendors who continue to defy the no vending signs placed on the sidewalk in front of the Castries Market on Jeremie Street.
The signs, which were placed there on Tuesday, were not heeded by some vendors who had a brush with city police last night resulting in their goods being confiscated.
Last night’s encounter may have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for Mayor Francis who in a press conference today put all provision vendors on notice.
“From now on, vending of ground provisions from Jeremie Street is something of the past,” Francis warned.
“We will not allow any provisions vending on the street again. When we get back to the new provisions market things will not be the same,” he added.
Francis spoke of the Castries Constituencies Council being ready and willing to assist vendors should they require assistance the CCC can afford.
He called on the provision vendors to get themselves organized so as to better able to deal with the CCC and other authoritative bodies as this will enable them to present their complaints in a cohesive and thought out manner.
Francis said the vendors were consulted prior to getting them to relocate to a temporary site lower down Jeremie Street, contrary to reports saying they were not.
“They were the first set of people who were consulted,” Francis said noting that it was as a result of the consultation that the vendors, meaning those who sold night-time, were the first set of people $500 cheques were written to, to assist them in relocating to the temporary site.
Mayor Francis said the decision to end vending on the sidewalk in front the Castries Market was one agreed to by the majority of provision vendors, therefore he could not go against it for a few.