McKenzie calls for revision of vending fee hike

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Print this page Email A Friend!

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie has called on the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to revise the decision to implement a 100 per cent increase in vending fees.

McKenzie, who was speaking at the an Area Council One meeting in the West Central St Andrew Constituency on Sunday, cited the poor conditions of the markets and harsh economic climate as reasons to hold off on the increase.

The KSAC recently announced that market vendor registration fee would move from J$1,500 to J$3,000, while persons who occupy designated vending areas will see an increase in their registration fee from J$2,500 to J$5,000.

The increase, which is to take effect on April 1, was approved by the corporation's Finance Committee. The vendors have voiced their disapproval through their representative group, the Jamaica Vendors, Higglers and Markets Association.

One Sunday, McKenzie who is a former mayor of Kingston and in whose West Kingston constituency the downtown Kingston market district falls, said that the authority should first look at its timing and assess the condition of the markets before contemplating an increase at this time.





1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon