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Government: Stop all vending near round-about now!

“Effective immediately, vending will be stopped in all areas with the exception of the market” – Anthony McMaster

The government said vendors plying their trade near Sol Gas Station at the roundabout in Road Town should cease operation as of today, July 10.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication and Works Anthony McMaster said this ministry, along with the Office of the City Manager, has become increasingly concerned about the manner in which vending is taking place throughout Road Town, adding that locations for the vendors are being re-considered.

McMaster said, “After completing a thorough review, a decision has been made to immediately cease vending in specific areas which we consider to have a negative impact in Road Town.”

“As such, effective immediately, vending will be stopped in all areas with the exception of the market, which was earmarked for vending. And, from today, no vending will be permitted by or near the roundabout,” McMaster declared.

His ministry, in a media release issued through the Government Information Service, said the Office of the City Manager will review all vending areas in Road Town, and vendors should anticipate cease and desist letters if they are situated in areas that have been identified as having a negative impact on the daily operations of the city.

McMaster stated that both the ministry and the Office of the City Manager understand that it is important for persons to earn a living, and they will keep this in mind while relocating businesses.

“We will work with vendors along with the Trade Department and Town and Country Planning to ensure that adequate spaces are provided at specific areas within the confines of the city, whereby vending can take place under a legitimate means,” he said.

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