Government should be made to foot the relocation bill for vendors in the River Bus Terminal who were ordered by the Ministry of Transport & Works to pack up and leave within ten days, says Opposition leader Mia Mottley.
After meeting with some of the affected vendors today, she told reporters: “You cannot take people who have been working here 19 years, 20 years, 22 years, give them ten days notice and then tell them, ‘the cost is at you to move.’ It is unacceptable and it is wrong and it sends a signal of two Barbados.”
The vendors, who operate food, clothing and grooming businesses to the south of the terminal, were officially given notice last Thursday to move their businesses by November 6.
The move is to facilitate work on the second phase of the Constitution River Terminal Re-Development Project, which is due to commence on November 14.
However, the vendors say they are concerned that many of the spots that had been identified for their relocation are already taken by other businesses, which could only result in conflict and confusion.
In response to their concerns, Mottley said while she supports the development work, vendors should not be treated in such an inconsiderate manner in the process.
She suggested that Government needed put in the same level of thought and consideration that it gave to the start of work on the West Coast in an effort not to upset the tourism sector.
“Then on top of that, what is even more offensive is that you are doing it on the eve of these people’s greatest possibility to earn a living. Independence coming up, Christmas coming up. . .,” Mottley said.