Apr 29, 2016 News
Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, performing the duties of Chief Citizen, in the absence of Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, and Town Clerk Royston King, yesterday met with vendors in the Stabroek Market area. Also present at the meeting were Public Relations Officer Debra Lewis, the Chief City Engineer, Clerk of Markets, Chief Constable and Solid
King expressed pleasure that the vendors have been complying with the regulations set at last year’s meeting. These regulations and terms required vendors walking with bins, no blockage of passageways, regular cleaning of their respective vending areas and no illicit dumping of trash.
The Town Clerk also stated that he is encouraged with the partnership the vendors have upheld with the City Council. He pointed out that the vendors get to be “a part of making Georgetown beautiful as partners with the Mayor and City Council”. He also noted that some vendors have not been complying and as a result are giving the rest a bad name.
In a more concerned tone, King posited that as a result of limers and loiterers -alarmingly including school children in the afternoons – the Stabroek market has to be reorganized because of the extent of “lawlessness” and irresponsible garbage disposal habits that they bring.
Yet another sore point King highlighted was the issue of some people bringing all of their stocks and taking up excess space on the pavement. He also mentioned that illegal activities like the peddling of guns, drugs, along with the presence of pick-pockets and extortionists at the fore of the Stabroek market have to be eradicated.
“It has to stop!” King stressed. This was met by raucous approval by those present.
Another issue addressed at the meeting was the Regent Street area, vending along the pavements and the many issues that this brings. King said that as chief administrator he does not “want to preside over a dirty and lawless Georgetown.”
The plan for the reorganizing begins this Sunday May 1st, in the form of a massive cleanup exercise that is scheduled to begin from 07:00h (7am) until the Stabroek area is satisfactorily cleaned.
All vendors plying their trade from the area adjacent to the old Guyana National Cooperative Bank building all the way to KFC and the area in front of Demico will be shifted to a location south of parliament building temporarily. The Clerk of Markets will be overlooking this move on Sunday. The location where they will be shifted to will be secured by constabulary ranks to see that all vending and activities related to vending go smoothly.
The move is only for those selling on the streets and the pavements. Those with stalls in the market will not be moving.
“As of Sunday a massive cleanup exercise throughout all commercial areas of Georgetown will begin,” King told the gathering. “Those of you who do not clean will not be permitted to sell at anytime.”
The vendors that are involved in the cleaning exercise slated for Sunday have to register at City Hall and then will go to the planned cleanup site. If their names are not found to be registered after the exercise, they will not be allowed to sell.
Deputy Mayor Duncan stated that Georgetown must become an international city once again and Stabroek Market is a historic site. He stated that the Town Clerk has the full backing of the council and Mayor.
“We have to take back the city from the elements that have it in the current state of degradation.” He appealed to the vendors to help restore Georgetown not only for the jubilee celebrations, but beyond that.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Mayor later took to the streets – joining a Puran Bros garbage truck along with some of the company’s employees.
Duncan said that this was part of a drive to make the public and business owners aware of the solid waste management issues that have been plaguing Georgetown “for as long as one can remember”.
“This is to bring awareness to the solid waste management problem in the city, the junkies, businesses and the public at large.”
He also stated that the M&CC is considering the institution of charges levied at business owners around the city to fund solid waste disposal on a greater and better scale.
“This exercise is about getting a feel of the various things workers go through on a daily basis when collecting waste.”
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