No immediate repairs for Kitty Market
The future of the deplorable Kitty Market is unknown as Councilors of the Georgetown Municipality are pondering whether to approve estimates to rehabilitate the facility since it was not budgeted for.
This is according to Chairman of the Market Committee, Ranwell Jordan, who emphasized that there will be no immediate repairs to the market. Although, cognizant of urgent repairs needed to be done to the market, Councilors are at a loss as to where to find the funding for the project.
Jordan described the facility as deplorable with a leaky roof and poor internal infrastructure. During rainy conditions, vendors feel the wrath of the derelict structure.
“Whenever it rains, water seeps through the cracks in the roof and soaks vendors. They (vendors) sometimes erect makeshift roofs over their stalls to prevent their goods from being damaged. Sometimes they are unsuccessful,” Jordan noted.
Revenue earned from the facility has decreased since many vendors have closed their stalls.
The Town Clerk recently made a proposal to relocate vendors from inside the market to the pavement opposite the structure. This did not gain favour with the Council which suggested that the vendors should be relocated to the northern roadside of the market.
Jordan stressed that whenever the market is rehabilitated, it will be a quite costly exercise. He noted that it is years of neglect that led the facility to its current state.