LUCEA, Hanover — Fish vendors at the Cleveland Stanhope Market in Lucea can now conduct business with shoppers in a more comfortable and modern environment.
Last week, the Hanover Parish Council officially opened a fish market at a section of the facility, at a cost of $1million.
The fish market which can comfortably accommodate 18 vendors, features tiled flooring, modern counters, wash stands with sinks, fans and proper ventilation.
Addressing the opening ceremony Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton said the fish market forms part of a wider thrust to develop the town over a period of time.
"Carefully laying a brick at a time builds a firm foundation. So, I say this to say, if we keep progressing in this fashion of completing and securing bits by bits then we will definitely have a more commercial and developed town to look forward to in the future," she argued.
The mayor implored the fish vendors to utilise the market which has been provided to satisfy all concerned customers.
In addition to providing a more comfortable and modern environment for vendors and shoppers, the fish market's construction was aimed at easing congestion on the streets, particularly in the vicinity of the Cleveland Stanhope Market.
Prior to the opening of the facility, a number of vendors conducted business on the periphery of the Cleveland Stanhope Market, often times impeding the flow of traffic in the town.
One of the vendors told the Observer West that she is happy to be now conducting business in a more comfortable environment.
"Wi feel much better now to be selling in the market. Selling on the roadside was hard," said a female vendor, who gave her name as Pearl.
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Western Hanover Ian Hayles, in whose constituency the facility falls, congratulated the Hanover Parish Council for its efforts in developing the parish, and pledged to work closely with it to undertake several other projects.