Concerns raised about roadside vending in Gros Islet

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Concerns raised about roadside vending in Gros Islet
Food vans like this are popping up all over Gros Islet.
Food vans like this are popping up all over Gros Islet.

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.

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  1. We seem to be very Ignorant that food trucks have become a staple and the new up and coming restaurants around the world - why don't we Google and YouTube that.
    The leaders of the town Council cannot think for themselves because their actions are being lead by puppet masters or a more relatable traditional title - the slave masters. How so enslaved we remain as if we never rightfully deserved our Independence - that we cannot make sense from nonsense. Aren't there more pressing matters to look into?

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  2. There are no jobs in this place if one is finding ways to feed they family by not stealing, so what the council will make the person vacate and now who pays the bills......

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  3. Hmmm..was on a bus and heard a driver talking about the british guy who was hit by the marina..he was being robbed and the driver knew what was going on the culprits n the driver are friends..see who do we trust..

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  4. Exactly my point, now the chicken vans are a problem. ...when will we ever learn only the poor man are feel it..my brother is not a doctor, ....who will stand for the poor, not the politican for sure

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  5. St. Lucia is getting more communist than Russia. Secrecy, Secrecy then Denial,Denial,Denial. All hallmarks of an entrenched totalitarian regime.

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  6. There information out there that the guy was being robbed thats why he ran across the road. Ask the bus drivers if you don't believe me SNO. Are you going to allow a potential manslaughter to go under the carpet? Remember wrong is wrong and his corpse won't sleep until justice is served. His family is also aware of this. In the meantime continue downplaying the truth on social media about the dangers that tourists face in St. Lucia. False sense of Security at its best.

    You see everything is based on agenda in St. Lucia. The food vans are posing competition to businesses in the Marina so they want them out. Same reason for removing the vendor lady infront of Super J. What about moving those in front of Glace for road reserve reasons? They won't because Glace doesn't have a problem for now. What about the pizza van we have at Choc? No word?

    If it a problem of congestion there is too much congestion at the Gros Islet gap and at Rodney Bay junction but not enough congestion at Marisule or Bois d'Orange. St. Lucians know better than that, come again.

    Since a fuss is being made about congestion why don't police say anything about when buses stop at the gap after Top of The World bus stop. There is a big corner and people have died there, including the youth from Grass Steet on the motorcycle. I get it, he is a dog. Right?

    All this is people culuding with authorities using ulterior motives for suppressing others. Who do you think is responsible for this new culture?

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  7. what they saying is true but they way i see it thy now going to build a strategy to make money off those people heads that are vending in that area the more people they see trying to make a living fighting with this struggling economy someone in authority always will and want to find a way to make money off your head

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  8. A little strategic planning by council can solve the problem. But, from my vantage point,council seems too blind and cannot plan.

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  9. ha ha lucians ignorance is fabulous. the roadside food vans have u seen them? dirty disgusting pest infested but when we hungry it don't matter. a white man dies near one and whoops!!! cause for alarm! ive seen govt ministers diplomats tourists and locals patronize those disgusting food vans and it never was an issue before

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  10. I think we are to reactive in this country. We should be a lot more proactive. Why must we always wait after something tragic happens to swing into action? Anyhow i guess it is a good start that they have identified the problem. But not so sure why they allow the problem to remain while they figure the way forward.

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  11. total utter bullshit, i listen to prominant business owner whilst he was the owner of a notable supermarket chain claim onetime that the roadside vendors were the cause of traffic congestion in the rodney bay area, the lady was removed and place behind the bustop away from the roadside and traffic is now worst than what it was... Why dont the sleepers in the town council approach, i hate to use this term, stakeholders and possibly consider raising funds to build a walkover for patrons of JG mall and bay walk and all the other businesses in the area, and if so have the other vendors pay a tax, gros islet constituency is suppose to be the largest and richest constituency, wait for it, listen for rich old farts to comment now ...............

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  12. That last paragraph red herring. Is that supposed to be some sort of feeble attempt to make it look like the fault of the roadside food-vans? Taking the coincidence of someone being murdered there when murders and crime happen everywhere else? Please.
    The job availability in this country is piss-poor as it is, people are trying to make a living for themselves in whatever way possible, and the first thing thought to be done is to try to quash their chances? Are these people kidding me?
    I'd advise you all keep your noses out of this unless you're going to focus on some job creation. Otherwise, you're part of the problem. Just stop.

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  13. LOL i dont know what they want people to do they not creating any kind of employment in the country .When people hustling to survive they try to stop them whats real going on how they expect the people to eat take care of themselfs and their family

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  14. And you'll complaining about crime? The poor people trying to do a hustle you'll want to take them out smh

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  15. These officials are just trying to see how they can impose some kind of taxes upon those vendors and pretending that they are concerned about citizens' health and safety.

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    • Yeh hustler, Guess who's talking. Madam Mayor never had a problem with the vanturkeys in that area. However, her brother's son hit someone on that area and all of a sudden the Gros-Islet Town Council has an issue. We are so reactionary.

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