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Screen_Shot_2016-04-07_at_8.09.49_PMLast week we told you about the initiative taken by the Orange Walk Town Council to relocate the vendors that lined the sidewalks at the corner of Arthur and Progress Streets. The decision was taken after the Town Council noticed that the problem created by traffic congestion in the area had become a hazard to all passersby especially students who frequently pass through the area.

The vendors were today relocated to the Fort Carnes Market square, where they will still be able to freely sell their produce and the intersection is cleared for pedestrians and drivers to Travers freely, and according to the Mayor the decision is the best one the council could have taken as it benefits the vendors as well as the general public.

Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council

“Street side vending definitely at that area, Progress Street is not designed to do that and it created a sort of eye soar like some people would say, there are also some other people that we would like to work with like the fish vendors they need to be relocated as well and so I would like to first of all thank those vendors for willingly accepting to move and relocate it is because at the end of the day is for the betterment of our people to improve the ambience of the area and at the same time I mean there is a centralized location that vending should take place so it worked very well and today they moved over and we had given them time so that they could have gotten all their stuff together and so there is space available at the Fort Carns so that they could have relocated so I am very pleased that has happened.”

As we had mentioned before the vendors were temporarily relocated to the Fort Carnes Market square, but according to Mayor Bernard the Town council is in negotiations with the European Union to expand and enhance the market to make the move a permanent one.

Mayor Kevin Bernard – Orange Walk Town Council

“The plans of the council is to have an expansion of the Fort Carns Market and those things; we have sent all of our bill of quantities and our designs over to the people at the Ministry of Economic Development under the auspices of the European Union through the sugar belt program and so that would see the expansion of that area where we can house other vendors, so the intention is to try to get them use to be taught that this is the location that they will be street side vending, so between that period between March and December of 2017 we should be seeing an entire upgrade of the Fort Carns Market that would include the addition of stalls and new proper  bathroom facility, the upgrade of the stage itself that it would be transformed like into an Amphitheatre, there will be more improved lighting at that Fort Carns and so it is one again to offer opportunities to people because the more stalls we have the more people can then come in and sell their produce at a more convenient location a more safety we are looking at that as well because we can’t the vendors selling their vegetables on the ground it is not healthy for our people and so we looking at all those aspects and so that definitely should commence sometime in March should all goes as plan we should be seeing that project just for the public knowledge it is a grant from the European Union being managed under the ministry of agriculture and through the Economic development office and so we welcome that as well because those are part of our plans.”

The project is expected to be completed by December 2017.

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