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Constant Spring vendors deserve a better settlement, says PNP

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Local Government Dr Angela Brown Burke says that the “disrespect and disgraceful treatment of the Constant Spring Market vendors by the Kingston & St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) must not be condoned by well-thinking Jamaicans” and is calling on the government to take steps to protect the livelihood of those affected.

“This high handed approach is unacceptable from our local authorities at the municipal corporation. I am, therefore, reminding the mayor and his team that all citizens and businesses in the Municipality should be able to depend on the local authority to respects the negotiation process and offer everyone a fair share,” Brown Burke said in a statement today.

Vendors were last year served with eviction notices to make way for the demolition of the market to accommodate the ongoing expansion of Constant Spring Road.

The vendors, however, proposed that instead of moving they be relocated to the back of the property.

Brown Burke said she has taken note of the more respectful tone and accommodating stance which characterised the process of negotiation with other businesses affected by the ongoing improvement in the Manor Park area, and believe the vendors are also entitled to similar treatment.

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