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Port-of-Spain vendors who were evicted
from the Salvatori site in Port-of-Spain on
Sunday have reached an agreement with city
Mayor Keron Valentine and Housing Minister
Marlene McDonald which would see the ven-
dors occupying booths at New City Mall.
The vendors, who have sold items, from
fruits to handmade purses, at the site, met with
McDonald, Valentine and Urban Development
Corporation of T&T (Udecott) chairman Noel
Garcia yesterday at the Housing Ministry s
office at South Quay.
They were given up until yesterday to vacate
Garcia said yesterday that Udecott s position
was that the corporation was ready for the site.
"We have definite plans to put up a multi-
purpose building on the site, and we would
start the geotechnical work once the vendors
have vacated the site.
"We will very shortly go out for requests for
proposals or tenders to put up the building."
McDonald, in an interview following the
meeting, described the meeting as productive.
"We met with 30 of the vendors and I have
to say it was a rather productive meeting. Per-
haps it should have been held earlier but I
thought we achieved a lot today," McDonald
She said Valentine had proposed a few sites
for possible relocation of the vendors.
"We are looking for a more permanent site
for the vendors. We have identified a building
along South Quay, after New City Mall, an
abandoned building there. We understand that
building is owned by the Local Government
Ministry," McDonald said.
"As minister I will approach Minister Khan
with respect to getting that building prepared
for the vendors. I think they all agree it is indeed
a good site, but it has to be refurbished."
McDonald said the building needed to be
reconfigured in the shortest possible time.
While the building is being refurbished, the
vendors have been offered the use of eight units
at New City Mall on Independence Square.
We also offered the vendors the use of the
spaces of East Side Plaza. They were not too
much in agreement with it, they believe that
they are out of the mainstream of persons
walking up and down the streets.
"I understand their cries, and understand
they spoke to us about having a heart and what
not, and they have to eat and drink and their
children have to do so also. We are doing what
we can. I want us to remember that vending
is illegal, jump high, jump low, vending is an
One of the vendors, Steve Fletcher, also
known as Black Hat, said he was glad that at
least the vendors would be given somewhere
to store their goods.
"They are trying to locate for us; it was
shocking there were places we did not even
know. We thankful, we lost one, but we gain
He said the 45 vendors who had been dis-
located would wait and see if the plans would
come to fruition or if it was just talk.
"We are not going to do anything out of
Valentine gave the assurance that once he
had received the necessary Cabinet and min-
isterial approval to proceed with the refurbish-
ment of the Drag Brothers building on Inde-
pendence Square South, the corporation would
do all in its power to quickly refurbish it to
have the affected vendors housed there.
Residents at Greenvale Park in La Hor-
quetta will soon have their demands met
after sharing their complaints about the
community with Housing Minister Marlene
McDonald and area representative of La
Horquetta/Talparo Communications Min-
ister Maxie Cuffie.
Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
representatives and members of the Police
Service also met with the Greenvale Park res-
idents on Sunday at a meeting with the inter-
The residents complained about a lack of
street lights, burnt-out structures, a need for
speed bumps and proper drainage.
One of the residents said they attempted
to clean the drains themselves over the week-
end and were greeted by snakes, crabs, frogs
and zangees (water snakes).
Ann Julian, one of the representatives, said
three burnt-out structures were creating prob-
lems for the residents.
One of the structures Julian was referring
to was a structure which was abandoned after
it was shot up by gunmen and set on fire fol-
lowing complaints by a resident that there
were people "walking through her property."
"It have Zika, dogs, puppies, people, old
mattress and sometimes it is scary. That
building should be demolished," she said.
Marketing and Communications manager
of PTSC, Carl Ramdeo, said the residents
would have the use of buses from March 15.
HDC representative, Brent Lyons, said there
would be a tendering process for the speed
Sgt Sanchez who is assigned to the La Hor-
quetta Police Station said he noticed that the
area was already becoming a den for drug
He said the area was bordered by Carapo
which already had two robberies in three days.
"I am seeing a lot of young people in here
and they coming in and out unabated. We
can only help you if you help us. You must
be on board," he said.
says that work done
by contractors will be
monitored for any
poor quality work or
speaking at the meet-
ing of the interim
committee for Green-
vale Park residents at
Greenvale Park in La Horquetta on Sunday.
She said this after listening to the complaints
made by the residents.
In a brief interview, McDonald said, "We are
trying a new approach. We need to examine and
HDC will have more oversight when the con-
struction is actively taking place. We are trying
to minimize the shortcomings as much as pos-
She said HDC had complaints from residents
living in Oasis, Greenvale, Cleaver Heights and
Cyprus and she was saddened by the grievances.
The minister said HDC would be closely over-
seeing development and there would be con-
struction and room for several more units in
several communities including Cleaver Heights
"When you are contracted to do a job you
complete your job before you can be paid," she
McDonald said one of HDC s setbacks was
allocation of funds.
"I will sit with my team today and I will be
looking at how we can improve things and make
things better for the ordinary citizens," she said.
She said that she would be pushing the idea
of a Rent to Own programme.
"Most customers can t afford large mortgages
and we will push the Rent to Own programme.
It will vary on your income and you will transition
to a mortgage and you will own it after a period
of time," she said.
McDonald said that HDC would be going back
to basics so that middle and lower income owners
She said the HDC had a debt of close to $12
billion which was due to a combination of what
was owed to contractors, overdrafts and loans.
Residents tell MP, HDC of
problems at La Horquetta
Salvatori vendors get new home at New City Mall
Ballerina Yia Loren Gomez of the Metamorphosis Dance Company strikes a pose at Las Cuevas Beach during a promotional
photo shoot over the weekend, ahead of the dance company's annual production titled Arise, scheduled for April at Queen's Hall,
St Ann's. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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