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Vendors along High Street, San Fernando.

There will be no street vending on High Street, San Fernando from today until further notice.

The San Fernando City Corporation issued a public notice to this effect yesterday. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello says this has become necessary because the vendor population had grown to over 200, the pavements were overrun with stalls and other paraphernalia and the vendors were not following the rules.

In a telephone interview, Regrello explained that last year they met with the president of the vendors association.

“We regularised the vendors, and we dealt with about 60, 61 vendors and we said they had been there for over 30 years. Okay, we will give them three days Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. And then the Christmas season came and we said we will allow them to vend free the entire week and within no time they went to over 240 something vendors.”

He said people from all over the country came to vend for Christmas on High Street and never left.

“They hang up lines, they stretch clothesline on Republic Bank, three rows of clothes hanging up. They are hanging clothes and slippers on the railings on Library Corner. They have three cots coming out onto High Street, they have cots on the pavement. It’s a runaway, it has to be controlled.”

Regrello said he contacted the vendors association president last week and informed her that he was going to stop all vending on High Street for a while. She, however, submitted a list of the regular vendors who have been making a living for years on High Street, asking that they be allowed to continue vending.

Noting that last year there were about 61 regular vendors, he said the present list had 100 plus names.

“I will issue a pass to those people but I will need a minimum of two weeks to have them sorted out, or a maximum of two weeks.”

The mayor said he has always been accommodating to the vendors, but the situation was now out of control.