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Illegal vendors depriving businesses of sale

City Manager Janice Braithwaite-Edwards. File photo

Still defending the removal of vendors from the streets of Road Town, City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards said another reason for the action is that the illegal vendors have been depriving established businesses of sale.

She said some of the vendors are known to set up shop in front of the established businesses and sell some of the same products that are sold inside the establishments.

Brathwaite-Edwards said the proprietors at Bobby’s supermarket are prime victims.

“That is not right. What is happening now is, you are depleting a man who has to pay electricity, water, lease and rent from actually making his dollar. They [vendors] can get into your premises, and customers buy their stuff outside,” she told BVI News Online.

The City Manager further stated that she does not want to stop vendors from making a living, but the vendors must be more considerate.

“We don’t want to take anybody out of business or out of making a bread. But, at the same time, you need to be mindful of the people that we have leased properties to, and that you are not on these people’s premises selling the same thing that they are selling.”

Brathwaite-Edwards, in the meantime, stated that the improper disposal of garbage is another major problem being posed by illegal vending. “The whole issue of when you finish selling you just walk away and you don’t clean up – it’s starting to get the city looking like a little dump, and I have a problem with that,” the City Manager further told BVI News Online.

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  1. WSD says:

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  2. ok janice says:

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  3. Sis. Johnston says:

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    Could not agree with you more on this matter Mmiss. B. These same vendors would not be found around right way supermarket or around foreign owned businesses.

    They have trashed, tramped and stolen the life and livelhood of the one major locally owned business for years.

    I hope all fair-minded and decent public will get behind this effort and stop bringing us down.

    • Hmm OK says:

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      They operate all over the BVI, From Anegada to Jost Van Dyke, from East End to West End. Hope you address them ALLLL!!! What is good for the goose is good for the gander!!

  4. Jill Fell down the Hill.. says:

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  5. Concerned says:

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    I feel they should be placed in the market also those who are selling underneath the tent infont of the market
    The entire place looks unsightly especially when it rains

  6. Online Now says:

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    They were back at the roundabout this morning so will see if this is a permanent ban!

  7. Oh says:

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    She is RIGHT! We defend too much nonsense in this little place!

    How can someone set up selling produce and other food items in the parking lot of a Supermarket and nobody thinks it will be an issue?

    That is like a man setting up a chair, table, grill and cooler right next to the stairs as you enter the Pub and he is selling ice cold beers and juicy burgers. WTF?

  8. bvi says:

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    Jan is right for the most part

    The vendors are importing goods from Puerto rico,santo domingo,stkitts, and all over and selling them to people under the guise of freshness and local.

  9. Great Start says:

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    These vendors need to go in the market from been on the roadside looking like a third world country. It looks horrible and people obsrtucting traffic to buy stuff.

    The government can start by fixing the market area by raising the roof a bit and installing large ceiling fans. Remove those permanently parked vans (neto, panchy etc.)from there as they suppose to be mobile meanings come and go.

    Have the government stop giving rights to these buildings that don’t have parking for their tenants. L

    ook into those who have restaurant and catering trade licenses and taking up public parking lots in the said capital paying no rent (Stones, Dareos etc). You see City Manager, you have a lot of grounds to cover to be fair. Wish you the best of luck.

  10. Dragon says:

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    Get the car wash ,taking up loads of parking spaces, out of the public car park areas next.

  11. Sis. Johnston says:

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    Yea, it’s me again. After reading these options I am left in a state of disbelief.

    People coming out against a move to improve our town. I mean all the yachts around the territory dumping raw sewer polluting our swimming and fishing areas, all the crime and underage sexual activioty and the only thing people can find to speak negatively about is about the authorities working to improve the town.

    Please, let’s get behind her and behind a local business.

  12. Denied says:

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  13. Agree says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    I totally agree and support the city manager and those involved in cleaning up those areas. Every time I see all that coconut trashing mess in the market area as well as the roundabout I cringe. It is very unsightly.

  14. mark john says:

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    while removing vendors from the city,there are auto sale dealer who is using government parking to stored his vehicle,also having trade licence operating from his apartment,noone seems to do anything about this.

  15. Belonger says:

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  16. Odd says:

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    Language being used against these people, street vending is considered a micro business and are important…especially in the third world….sorry developing world, using competition as the basis to disrupt their activities does hold water! Are most of these people not licensed to conduct business? Fine, you want to clean up the central business district which I agree with 100% but the wording seems to suggest that ‘brick and mortar’ businesses are flexing their muscle!!!!!! the food vendor with an excellent offering can eventually open their own establishment…Everyone can’t start big!

  17. Political Observer (PO) says:

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    The non-housed vendors provide a service, provide variety, provide competition, provide customer convenience and are entitled to earn a living but it is a matter of how and where they are doing so. There must be a sense of reasonableness. Setting up shop at the round-about though ideal for customer exposure pose a traffic safety hazard.

    Moreover, setting up shop outside an established business(s) that in some cases sell similar products that has to get a permit, pay taxes, utilities, wages, insurance, NHI, social security………etc is unfair competition.

    Nonetheless, the relocation could have been more considerate, giving the vendors more time to move. Further, the government should have find a place for the vendors to relocate to, i.e., an improve market place.

  18. Anonymous says:

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    It has a market place. It’s very small but they should set up there.

  19. Local says:

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    I agree with the City Manager.

  20. A says:

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    Miss people want to buy good healthy food and not the s*** you all selling in the supermarket causing cancer and disease. oh so only the rich can eat healthy and the middle class and poor must eat s*** smfh poor us

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