South Mayor: Illegal vending ‘unbearable’
By STACY MOORE Saturday, May 24 2014
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MAYOR ON VENDING: San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein, right, spoke to vendors of the San Fernando Market yesterday, as they told him of the many problems...
IN describing illegal vending along High Street in San Fernando as “unbearable” Mayor Kazim Hosein yesterday mandated police officers to step up patrol action where illegal vending is concerned.
The San Fernando Mayor yesterday met with disgruntled vendors of the San Fernando market who said that the rise in illegal vending was affecting their sales in the market. The vendors are claiming that many persons who own stalls within the market also take trolleys unto High Street and sell their produce. “As a result no one wants to come into the market. And we who pay a rent for a space in the market suffer. We are fedup and frustrated” president of the San Fernando Market Association, Marsha Dookhoo, told the mayor.
She then led the mayor to a section in the market of unattended goods. Dookhoo claimed that the owners of the goods were on the premises making preparations to load their produce on trolleys to sell on High Street.
One vendor Gregory, Nedd admitted to selling his produce on High Street. But he told the mayor that he had applied for a stall in the San Fernando Market, and was refused. “I have a wife and two children to take care of, so that is why I take the trolley and do my duty. I have to provide for my family.” Nedd said.
He also said he believes that he was being victimised by other vendors as he was trying to make a living. The issues of illegal vending along Mucrapo and High Street for years have always been an ongoing issue.
Hosein said last week during a council meeting he spoke to ASP Leon Lively relating to issues of illegal vending on High Street. “It is unbearable and I am seeing it for myself.” The mayor said.
Hosein told the senior police officer that starting from yesterday he would like the streets of High Street to be monitored by police officers. “There is a San Fernando Market here to sell produce, so why must they leave and go unto High Street. This will not be tolerated and the problems would be dealt with.”the mayor assured.
Other vendors raised concerns of a lack of police presence in the market, unsanitary toilet facilities. Hosein will again meet with the vendors on Monday morning.