Vendors to be given a little more time

Vendors, who were earlier ordered by Government to vacate the River Bus Terminal by Sunday, have been given a reprieve of sorts.

Director of Transport at the Transport Authority Alex Linton told Barbados TODAY Friday afternoon they would be granted an extension.

Director of Transport at the Transport Authority Alex Linton
Director of Transport at the Transport Authority Alex Linton

However, he could not say exactly how long they would be allowed to stay, even though he was sure it would not be as many as ten days.

“The latest position with the vendors is yes, they still have to move . . . and we have been in consultation . . . and not because of the Opposition input. Even before then, we were trying to find the best win-win position for all concerned and we believe we have now been able to get to that point whereby we think that more time can be afforded,” Linton told Barbados TODAY.

However, he said their relocation was still absolutely necessary to facilitate construction work on phase two of the Constitution River Terminal Re-Development Project, which he said was long overdue.

“It is improvement work that needs to be done to the River Terminal that has not seen improvements for the last three to four decades,” the transport director said, explaining that the second phase would take about 36 weeks to complete.

A close up of the notice.
A close up of the notice.

Earlier this week, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley met with the vendors who had complained to her that they were only given ten days to pack up and leave.

In response, Mottley said Government should be made to foot the bill for the relocation, arguing that “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 Barbadoses,” Mottley said.

However, Linton told Barbados TODAY compensation was not being considered. 

6 Responses to Vendors to be given a little more time

  1. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold November 5, 2016 at 6:27 am

    These ppl ain’t give ah F… At all smdh

  2. Alex Alleyne November 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Looking for this extension to be extended.
    Everyone got this Government by the B….

  3. Coralita November 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    They complained to Mia, lololol. Another political football being used for political mileage.

    Tell me why the government should pay to upgrade the place and also pay to relocate the vendors.

    They had to have known that at some point in time they would have to move due to the project, but I would bet that none of them put a personal plan in place for their business to state how they would proceed when that time came. Are we true entrepreneurs or are we just trying a thing and hoping for the best?

    Truth be told, if the vendors were given 30 days to move we would be having the same conversation saying they need more time and that government should foot the bill for the move. This is par for the course!!!

  4. Sue Donym November 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    How well do government departments work together – or at all? When the vendors complain, will there be some record as to who was where and whether they are trading legally? Will the information show that they are all paying their share of taxes on the incomes earned and therefore contributing to the facilities demanded? Might we see something similar to what happens with squatters – who move in before the move and are then assured of a free or low cost facility, while other honest, hard-working people pay for rent and utilities, pay NIS contributions etc?

  5. Mark My Word November 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Oh my Lord we want the terminal improved and the Vendors and Mia blocking

  6. Observer November 5, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Again someone of authority put the cart before the horse,Mia you did a wonderful job in your statement regarding how those vendors are treated personally whosoever made that quick decision without a plan to relocate those working vendors should be a shame of them selves to treat people like that,Mia I’m a Democrat but if I was living in barbados I’ll vote for you anytime keep up the good work


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