LAST Friday’s clampdown on illegal sidewalk vending in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, unearthed a number of items that surprised Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) officials and workers.
“Among some of the items seized from structures that these vendors have erected on the sidewalks were gas cylinders, stoves and, in some cases, bed structures,” City Inspector Alrick Francis told the Jamaica Observer.
The early-morning raid was conducted a day after a similar operation in downtown Kingston.
Francis said that the household items were posing a danger to the public, making it difficult for people to walk on the sidewalks, and were attracting rodents.
But the operation, in which stalls were demolished, left several of the vendors fuming.
“Imagine, I am paying to sell at the location and this is how they come and treat me; this is unfair,” said one irate vendor, who claimed she had spent close to $30,000 to erect her stall on the sidewalk.
Francis, however, said that the KSAC held several meetings with the vendors to outline what sort of stalls were allowed in designated vending areas.
He also said that several warnings were issued to the vendors but they chose to continue to ignore the KSAC officials.
According to Francis, several other operations will be carried out in the next few days.