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December 20, 2013
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West Street closed to facilitate vendors
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer

Vendors and shoppers along West Street, Morant Bay. - Jolyn Bryan

West Street, Morant Bay, St Thomas, has been closed to vehicular traffic to accommodate vendors in anticipation of the Christmas-season shopping rush.

Previously a no-vending zone, the road will now accommodate clothes, shoes and produce vendors who do not have spaces in the market.

The road will be closed December 18 to 23. The St Thomas Parish Council took the decision to close the road to avoid congestion usually accompany the large turn out of vendors and consumers to the parish capital during the festive season.

Mayor of St Thomas, Ludlow Mathison, and his team, along with members of the police, were on hand to ensure vendors and motorists complied with the new measures.

In addition to the road's closure, the police have increased their presence in the capital in an effort to ensure greater safety for shoppers.

Some owners of businesses along West Street were not pleased with the new measures, saying street vendors block their store fronts and harass customers.

Taxi men, especially those who ply the Lyssons to Morant Bay route, were also displeased with the new measures, as West Street usually serves as a lucrative point for picking up passengers. However, the vendors said they were pleased with being given a road to themselves, as they are now able to sell their wares freely and avoid police scrutiny for selling in no-vending zones.

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