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Burnt-out May Pen market vendors unhappy with response from officials

Kimmo Matthews

Tuesday, April 01, 2014    

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A group of vendors whose shops and goods were last week destroyed by a fire at the May Pen market in Clarendon are upset at what they say is the slow pace at which authorities are moving to renovate the market.

Store owner Juliet Willis noted that since the fire occurred last Thursday nothing has happened in terms of repairs.

Francine Henry, another vendor, agreed.

"From it happened, all wi hearing is just promises and that is not good enough. We hear officials have visited the area but we are yet to get official word from them," said Henry.

The vendors threatened to protest if the matter is not addressed soon.

"We believe the authorities are dragging their feet in addressing the problem and if we don't get any response soon we are going to stage a protest," fumed Dionne Townsend, another vendor.

"We have our children to go to school. We have our bills to pay; we are begging for some attention," said Vernadine Kelly, whose hairdressing salon was destroyed by the blaze.

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