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Antigua cracking down on illegal sidewalk vending

ST JOHN’S — The Development Control Authority has started to crack the whip on vendors who they say are erecting structures on sidewalks and blocking pedestrian traffic.

Chairman of the DCA Board, Leon “Chaku” Symister, confirmed that the authority has already started issuing ‘stop and enforcement’ notices to a number of persons violating the law.

Symister said once a stop order has been issued, individuals have the right to appeal within 28 days.

He further explained that once the 28-day period has expired, the authority has the right to act.

“Before we remove anything, even though we have the right to do so, we would give the offending person one last chance to remove the structure and if they refuse or fail to do that, then we do it at their expense,” Symister explained.

The chairman said in recent times, there has been a proliferation of structures across the island near the sidewalks, which impedes the flow of pedestrian traffic. (Antigua Observer)

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