Tuesday 26 May, 2020

VIDEO: Constant Spring Market vendors worried about their livelihood

Vendors at the Constant Spring Market in St Andrew are concerned about their livelihood amid Government plans to demolish the property to facilitate the road expansion project for the Constant Spring Road corridor. 

"I am a young father, I have three kids...  I don't have a job elsewhere; this is my work so I need to be here, we all need to be here because we have our bills," an upholstery vendor told Loop News.

"So I don't know how they come and say that they are going to mash down the market," the young man added.

The US$2.4 billion roadwork on the corridor is a part of the US$19 billion Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

The four kilometres of the Constant Spring Road that will be improved runs from Norbrook Drive to the Red Hills/Eastwood Park Road intersection.

It will include widening of the road from two to four lanes, improved traffic management, upgrading of storm-water drainage and construction of two additional bus bays at the Transport terminal in Manor Park, St Andrew.

While understanding the need for the development, some of the vendors expressed the view that the Government has been inconsiderate about their livelihood.

"There are other locations they can put us... if not inside the market, put us by the Golf course," one male vendor suggested.

A female vendor, who claimed she was diabetic, said: "I need money to buy medications.. They just came and said they want the market and we have to leave."

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