Given the increasing number of roadside vending taking place in Gros Islet, particularly outside of the Rodney Bay Marina, the Gros Islet Town Council is making plans to meet with all stakeholders involved to discuss the issue with the aim of finding a resolution.
Mayor of the Town Council, Alison King, told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in a recent interview that her council is fully aware of the issues of roadside vending and has started to look into the issue. She admitted that the council does have an issue with “vendors on a number of road bridges”.
“We recognise that there is a problem with pedestrian traffic, vehicular traffic; people who are vending food – there are health and safety issues…we have to engage all stakeholders,” she explained.
King told SNO that while the council has responsibility for the entire Gros Islet, the council does not own the space occupied by the vendors, particularly at the Marina.
“In fact it’s actually owned by Clico. So we do not have direct control and management of that space,” she added.
The mayor noted that they are all kinds of health and safety issues that are associated with those road reserves and has therefore proposed to bring together a number of authorities to discuss the issue.
“We have varied responsibility in that space, so we have to meet to see how we can deal generally with vending that affects road reserves.”
King told SNO that the council has already been approached by persons who want to use that space.
The town council plans to meet with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Health and the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, among others.
Quinton Garrathy, a virgin Atlantic crew member was killed in a vehicular accident on August 3, just after disembarking a mini-bus, opposite the food vans, at the Rodney Bay Marina area.