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meeting today on security for Christmas shoppers downtown

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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With Christmas fast approaching and increasing numbers of street vendors selling their wares downtown Kingston, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be meeting with the police at 9:30 am today to fine-tune security arrangements and ensure that citizens can shop in safety.

“We have proposals we believe will help in terms of security as citizens shop,” Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams told the KSAMC council meeting yesterday, saying he will outline them at the meeting today.

Meanwhile, the corporation's CEO, Robert Hill, said yesterday that at the same time that allowances were being made for an increase in the number of street vendors downtown during the Christmas season, the help of the police was needed to cope with the situation.

In respect of vending on Beckford Street during the Christmas season, he said that after the meeting today the KSAMC would make an announcement.

He said that three weeks ago the KSAMC had met with the representatives of the vendors and would be having another meeting with them on Tuesday, December 19.

Meanwhile, with the expected upturn in parties and entertainment events during the Christmas season, Hill said that the KSAMC had everything in place to cope with the expected increase in applications for licences.

He added that it was necessary to remind people intending to stage events that they have to apply to the KSAMC for a licence and get the permission of the police.

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