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Constant Spring market vendors await KSAMC's decision

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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VENDORS at Constant Spring Market in St Andrew, who were served with eviction notices, are now anxiously awaiting the decision of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to know if a proposal to relocate to the back of the property will be considered.

The proposal was made to the KSAMC after the vendors were notified in August that they would be evicted on September 30.

Days after they were notified, the vendors staged a demonstration in front of the market, saying that an alternate facility was not considered for them to carry on their trading.

Last year, the KSAMC announced that the market would be sold and eventually demolished to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring corridor as part of Government's road-improvement project.

According to the vendors, they were given verbal notices to vacate the market by March 31, 2018.

In June, attorney Bert Samuels filed an injunction in the Supreme Court that the notice was “inadequate for the vendors to uproot themselves and find a new location”.

A 14-day injunction was granted on June 10 by Justice Grace Henry McKenzie.

Fsh vendor Venelda Campbell, otherwise known as Clair, said she and her husband have been working to ensure that their daughters will never have to sell in the market to make a living.

The couple, who have been selling in the market for more than 12 years, said they have been using the profits they make six days a week to ensure that the objective is met.

“One is 24 years; she was going to UWI (University of the West Indies) but because I didn't have the one point-odd million dollar for her to finish her pharmacy degree I had to send her to UTech (University of Technology) to finish up,” Campbell explained.

The second daughter, who is now pursuing a master's degree at UTech, had obtained her first degree in pharmacy a UWI.

“We no just come up so and see things so ennuh,” said Campbell, as she stressed the hard work to support their children.

“Everybody would a like to see their children come out good. So when them take the little opportunity from us, how we going to manage? We have to send our children to school. Me have mortgage to pay, water rate, you understand…,” she added.

Yesterday, Chief Executive at the KSAMC Robert Hill said lawyers representing the corporation as well as the vendors have been meeting to work out the best and most suitable solution. “That is all I can say at this time,” he said.

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