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Sidewalk coming! Vendors had permission to sell

While disclosing that vendors who once operated under a tree near the Road Town round-about had permission to do business in the area, City Manager Janice Brathwaite-Edwards said the blockades placed at the location are not a result of vendor resistance.

About a dozen blockades were dropped under the big tree a day or two after the vendors were ordered to vacate the area.

As a result, some persons thought they were placed at the location to keep the vendors at bay. But Brathwaite-Edwards said that was not the case.

She stated that the blockades are a part of preparations for a ‘beautification’ project that the Ministry of Communication and Works plans to undertake ahead of the Emancipation Festival.

The city manager added that a sidewalk will be built in the big tree area. “The barricades are there because we are actually looking to put in a sidewalk in that area before festival. Workers are supposed to come out to measure and what have you. We’re going to [improve] the beautification along that area,” Brathwaite-Edwards further told BVI News Online. “That’s why the barricades are there; we’re going to be doing our measurements, etcetera. But we don’t want to have anybody obstructing.”

Vendors did not resist

The Ministry of Communication and Works, in collaboration with the Office of the City Manager, had ordered the vendors to stop selling near the round-about on Monday, July 10. However, there are reports that the vendors showed up the following day.

“The two vendors that were there [after the order] were not around during the time we had given the order,” the City Manager explained. “However, those two vendors had legal permission to operate under that tree. They had permission from the Office of the City Manager. But they, too, have also moved.”

Meanwhile, news that the sidewalk will be built comes days after Premier Dr D Orlando Smith stated in his mid-term address that plans are afoot to improve the aesthetics of the British Virgin Islands capital.

“As we work to clean up our Territory, we also intend to continue to invest in the upkeep and beautification of our capital of Road Town,” the premier said earlier this month. He added: “This city remains the gateway to our Territory and the symbol of the BVI to the world. There is much we have to be proud of in Road Town, but the appearance of the city has not kept up with its cultural, economic and social vibrance. That is why we are developing plans for further enhancements, and we will have more to report on this front in the coming months.”

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  1. ndp says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 13 Thumb down 9

    We only need those vendors for votes

  2. Just Wrong says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 37 Thumb down 0

    If you want to improve the aesthetics around the BVI why doesn’t someone require Cable and Wireless to remove the old phone booths. They are nothing more that mosquito and rat farms.

  3. Political Observer (PO) says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 26 Thumb down 6

    Is this poor planning or a plan poorly executed? If this was a plan in the making for months, why was the vendors given notice to evacuate at the 11th hour? This is not good customer service nor effective communication. The action was too governmental. It showed little to no consideration of the vendors. They were treated as just a number, ie, lower case number.

    The demonstrated police action was unnecessary. The vendors were chased to construct sidewalks for Festival. Really. Is not Festival kicking off in early August? Was January, Feb, March not available? Strupes !!! Can any project in the BVI be executed smoothly? The BVI and smooth project execution. Oxymoron.

    • smh says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 10 Thumb down 3

      you are so right..no consideration for mankind, no consideration that these people invested and had to spend money to buy the produce to resell.

      Have you considered that these produce have all gone to waste. Be careful BVI how you treat people.

      Remember you were once in a needy position and you had to depend on the Islands for support

      Really sick and tired of the way you all treat your own kind.

  4. vip says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 1

    I wonder which one of mark goons gonna get the job?

  5. Ms P says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 0

    By putting a sidewalk in that area especially if it’s a concrete sidewalk, that big beautiful tree will die

    • Jeff says:

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      Smother the roots with sidewalk is never a good thing .
      Even adding a few inches of soil can kill / smother the roots .

    • Capt. Obvious says:

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      I hope they are getting advice from an arborist before they cause a disaster. The roots of that tree run deep. No pun intended.

  6. Grench says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 1

    How about fixing the roads

  7. Park Road says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 7 Thumb down 0

    How about the parking and roads with old cars, boats and trailers? Also, we don’t need garages in the center of town. There’s a lot to do before turning on the poor vendors.

  8. All yo says:

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    better hush dem gon soon ask de tree to move, he heeee!!!

  9. good job says:

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    that area had become so filty in the heart of town. I wish it was done sooner, so some of you stop the madness.

    We need to keep our country clean. the market area need attention that to will soon become an eye sore.

    The smell the water and parked trucks that is left there all the time needs to be address. this is our country and we need to take good care of it for no one will do it for us good job JAN we are with you.

    Having permission to sell doesn’t mean that Government cannot remove them. This has nothing to do with election and vote. They cannot stay there it doesn’t look GOOD.

  10. Clowns says:

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    Bigger issues in the territory and they worried about a sidewalk? a sidewalk?

  11. patsy says:

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    @ park road where were you when the garage owner was marching for wickhams cay along with others so keep off

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