The Office of the City Manager issued a warning to all illegal vendors operating in empty spaces throughout Road Town. The Department announced that the vendors are required to vacate those areas and seek proper permission to setup stalls.
In a bulletin issued last week by the Office of the City Manager the public was reminded that permission should be sought to occupy open spaces for business in Road Town.
The bulletin stated that persons wishing to operate businesses in open spaces including the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park, the Sir Oliva Georges Plaza, corners, sidewalks and anywhere in the Capital City should write to or call the Office of the City Manager.
It was also announced that tents and mobile businesses will be asked to close and leave the vicinity if permission is not given.
The issue of illegal vending in the city was previously lamented by City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards during a September 2014 JTV Spotlight program. At that time Mrs. Brathwaite-Edwards said: “We need to figure out what we are going to do as it relates to vending in the city, and for me that is one of my biggest challenges; but it’s a challenge that I am willing to face head on and get it rectified because people have to eat.”
During that program the City Manager lamented the present situation of vendors setting up shop at random spots in Road Town and commented that the occurrence works against the efforts to improve the overall appearance of the town. She told the show-host: “As we sit and try to move forward from the Ministry of Communications and Works and the Office of the City Manager the whole situation of vending is something that we actually are sitting down and deciding how we are going to address. It cannot continue like this because then it brings the City to a slum kind of area which we don’t want.”