Jan 14, 2016 News
Days of illegal, unhealthy vending are over, we got a city to run and we will run this city”- Deputy Mayor
“We are drawing the line against the many unacceptable and illegal practices of vendors in this city, you have voted for change; change has come and you will be a part of the new change and it has started.”
So declared Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green during an address to hundreds of vendors yesterday in the municipality’s compound. The vendors had gathered for an official meeting aimed at restoring Georgetown to a city of order and cleanliness.
She noted that there will be no more vending and living at the vending spots. “When you are finished vending go home.” This statement was greeted by celebratory applauses of agreement from the vendors.
The Deputy Mayor also noted that the list of more than 20 cosmetologists on street corners is not a good sign. It has to be stopped since it is against the public health laws.
“While we admire your need for independence in our 50th year of independence you must also have some respect for yourself and your trade and hire a station somewhere. We will also not allow obstruction through vending in front of anybody’s business premises.”
After many years of silence, hundreds of vendors met with several city fathers and mothers as well as the Mayor Hamilton Green in the municipality’s compound.
There the sometimes very vocal group drawn from every conceivable vending location in the City, listened to the many grand plans that the municipality has as part of efforts to bringing order to the nation’s capital. Their input were also sought to make the plans a reality through cooperation.
While the meeting was mostly cordial, when given a chance to respond and make recommendations, the issue of city constables’ alleged harassment and exploiting of vendors was a major one which town clerk Royston king promised to remedy with support from Chief Constable Andrew Foo.
Littering and unkempt surroundings which pose serious public health problems in addition to the many dos and don’ts were reiterated.
The consensus from the presenters, including councilor Oscar Clarke, is that the days of lawlessness and unhealthy vending practices as well as disrespect for City constables have come to an end.
Most were in agreement and through celebratory applauses and shouts of ‘Amen’ they greeted the many presentations.
A bone of serious contention was the unnecessary harassment of vendors by some city police ranks even at the senior level. This Town Clerk Royston King promised to investigate.
The Chief Constable promised to remedy the situation amidst calls for the return of respect for constables in the execution of their duties to restore law and order to the nation’s capital.
Foo said, “The city constabulary is not unique when compared to other law enforcement agencies and from time to time we have cases of allegations being leveled.
“What I would advise victims to do is come in and make an official report against ranks who are unethical in the execution of their duties so that we can investigate and take the appropriate action. Bring the evidence and complaints and we will investigate.”
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