Promoters and KSAMC seek common ground
Romeich Major says this week's meeting between party promoters and representatives of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) was very useful.
"It was a very productive meeting. They listened to what we said as well as they listened to what we had to say," Romeich, one of the promoters who attended the meeting, said.
The KSAMC last week imposed a ban on the staging of parties in parking lots in the New Kingston area. Delroy Williams, the mayor of Kingston, said the ban is a temporary measure.
He said the council is simply trying to restore order to the city.
"It is an issue of structure and order. So it is the clean up issue, there's also the time when you do it, and adhering to said times. It's not just an issue of hygiene," he said." We have to ensure that there is a standard of protocols established for dealing with the use, and cleaning up. We have to establish conditions and the promoters have to agree to that," Williams said.
Romeich said that the KSAMC, during the meeting, expressed that there were certain things some promoters were doing that weren't supposed to be done.
"One of their main concerns was that the area wasn't being cleaned properly. They wanted us to understand that it's not just an entertainment venue but a car park for a lot of business places. They explained that because the area is a big business space, it looks bad after an event when the car park is left dirty. We agreed," Romeich said.
The well-established promoter said that contrary to popular belief, the cost of cleaning up venues after use is not included in the fees paid to the KSAMC. However, that is likely to change.