Jamaica Gleaner / Renovation to sections of Coronation Market in downtown Kingston is under way, and Mayor Delroy Williams is adamant that vendors will be held liable for excess piles of garbage surrounding the immediate spot from which they operate.
Williams was speaking Sunday at the market, during a series of demolition activities to remove unsightly makeshift stalls.
“As you can see, the issue of garbage disposal and storage is a major one. We are appealing to vendors. This is your space, so take responsibility for your garbage. We are playing our part and (if they don’t play theirs), we may have to take action because there is no way we can tolerate what we see here in terms of garbage. Part of our vision is to establish order to the image of the city. We want to really build Coronation Market to be a first-class market in the Caribbean. We are beginning that step now, and hopefully, the private sector will come on at some point; but the municipal corporation is creating a market here that we can be proud of,” he said.
Approximately 30 stalls were destroyed, and around 25 new concrete structures expected to replace them within the next six months.
Williams expressed hope that he will receive full cooperation from all vendors, whether they have been inconvenienced or not.
“Coronation Market is a part of the identity of the city of Kingston. We do not want to rid ourselves of Coronation Market, because that would mean removing very critical elements of our history. In terms of new structures, I am looking at about 25 to replace those we took down. We will be establishing other stall areas for ground provisions. The structures will be built depending on the different types of goods.
“The funding to be used here is the revenue of the municipal corporation,” the mayor said. “We are going to build up over time … . We are doing it in a way where it will cost us the minimum. We are saying to vendors that they should cooperate because this is in their interest. The short-term to medium-term objective is that we increase vending activities once this area is renovated,” the mayor noted.