Some of the 35 vendors at the Salvatori Building site in Port of Spain, heeded yesterday’s deadline to leave the area after they were served notification by the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT).
The notice did not sit well with them.
UDeCOTT chairman/managing director of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Jearlean John said the vendors will be relocated but the exact location will be revealed later this week.
Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee said he will be meeting with Minister of Housing and Urban Development Dr Roodal Moonilal to discuss the vendors’ situation.
Via a telephone interview yesterday, Tim Kee said he spoke to Moonilal on Sunday night at the Independence National Awards function at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, “with a view to putting a time and place to have a discussion on the vendors’ issue”.
Tim Kee added: “The objective was to get a day or two more for them. If the Ministry of Local Government cannot help, they will have to look after their own business.
“They were vending illegally and when Christmas came, they got Salvatori in 2012. Then again for Carnival. The vendors knew right along it was a month-to-month situation until UDeCOTT had use for their land. Moving is inevitable. And there was sufficient time for provision to be made by them.”
On Saturday, spokesperson Steve Fletcher said while they are prepared to move, they have no other alternative location to ply their trade.
The vendors had complained and protested their relocation outside Parliament, at the International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, during the debate in the Senate on the Constitutitonal (Amendment) Bill, 2014. They also protested outside the Salvatori Building site.
Fletcher said they attempted to meet with Moonilal, but to no avail. Several vendors said they needed to earn an income since they had to prepare their children for school, pay their mortgages and take care of themselves and their families.
Efforts to contact Fletcher proved futile yesterday.