Spoil­ing ‘The View’

Some res­i­dents de­mand shut­down of street-side mar­ket

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Corey Robin­son Staff Reporter corey.robin­son@glean­erjm.com

THERE IS bub­bling con­tention in­volv­ing some res­i­dents of Har­bour View and ven­dors who have es­tab­lished a mar­ket out­side the Shop­pers’ Fair Su­per­mar­ket com­pound in the east­ern St An­drew com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to pres­i­dent of the Har­bour View Cit­i­zens’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Orion Ar­chat, the il­le­gal vend­ing is caus­ing prob­lems along Fort Nu­gent Drive and Seashore Place, and the in­con­ve­nience is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly un­bear­able for res­i­dents.

“The prob­lem is twofold: the ven­dors on Seashore Place are caus­ing a prob­lem be­cause they are un­reg­u­lated. The com­mu­nity had ac­cepted the fact that these ven­dors were pro­vid­ing a ser­vice, but there was a lim­ited num­ber of ven­dors at the time,” Ar­chat told The Sun­day Gleaner.

He said for decades only a hand­ful of ven­dors op­er­ated at the lo­ca­tion and they were not in front of any of the houses.

Ar­chat said these ven­dors were em­braced by res­i­dents who found them con­ve­nient, but the num­ber has in­creased with the ven­dors — many of whom are not res­i­dents of Har­bour View — now tak­ing over the area.

“The il­le­gal vend­ing on Fort Nu­gent is a prob­lem. It robs the res­i­dents of the use of the side­walk and it is also in the front of homes. Now what you are find­ing is peo­ple creep­ing in with gas cylin­ders, trucks, and it takes away the side­walk and the whole aes­thet­ics of the area,” added Ar­chat.

UN­FAIR

He ar­gued that it is un­fair to home­own­ers who have to con­tend with the dis­or­derly scenes, traf­fic jams caused by mo­torists who park near the side­walk to buy goods, and garbage left be­hind by the ven­dors.

Ar­chat said one woman broke her leg while nav­i­gat­ing the side­walk lit­tered with goods for sale, and the Kingston and St An­drew Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KSAMC) needs to take steps to bring or­der to the area.

An­other Har­bour View res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, de­scribed the area as a mini-coro­na­tion mar­ket on week­ends, as she charged that some ven­dors pro­vide chairs for their cus­tomers who are wait­ing to be served.

“Now jerk ven­dors have joined the mar­ket on Fri­days and Satur­day nights, so it is get­ting big­ger. Pedes­tri­ans have to walk on the street since that whole bloc of side­walk is cut off,” said the res­i­dent.

But ven­dors who spoke with The Sun­day Gleaner last week claimed they have been oc­cu­py­ing the premises for years and that only a hand­ful of res­i­dents are “giv­ing them a fight”.

“We don’t have a prob­lem. It is only the su­per­mar­ket that would have a prob­lem with us and they don’t have one. The only prob­lem is with the bad mind peo­ple, is only them would call you,” fumed one fe­male ven­dor op­er­at­ing on Fort Nu­gent Drive.

“I have been out here more than five years. I have my house in Har­bour View, I pay my bills. We can’t make a few peo­ple jeop­ar­dise our liveli­hood,” she added.

An el­derly fe­male ven­dor on Seashore Place ar­gued that those op­posed to their vend­ing were only be­ing un­fair.

“They al­ways come with their old-time story that they don’t like the set­ting and how the place stay, and some­times they come and burn out some peo­ple stall. They want to keep their friends and peo­ple who they like and get rid of other peo­ple,” she charged.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from the KSAMC have so far been un­suc­cess­ful.

KENYON HEMANS/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

A res­i­dent walk­ing on the road to get past the street-side mar­ket on Seashore Place in Har­bour View, St An­drew.

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