Authorities give green light for vending on ABC highway

Vendors on the ABC Highway – at least in one section – are about to get a facility to allow them to ply their trade on the busy stretch.

The Chief Town Planner has given approval for the pilot vending area at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

The Ministry of Transport and Works made the announcement today, as it disclosed that it had already created a design for the proposed site and was in the process of consulting with the relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Health and the Environmental Protection Department before starting construction.

The Ministry said it had submitted a proposal to Cabinet for the establishment of a few approved vending facilities because it was concerned about the proliferation of vendors on the ABC Highway and the serious implications that had for traffic safety.

“Cabinet subsequently agreed to the establishment of vending facilities at the following locations: Wildey/Rendezvous; the old Haggatt Hall Road and Graeme Hall East,” it said in a statement issued today.

“Following in-house discussions on the matter, the Ministry has decided to set up pilot vending facilities at the Graeme Hall, Christ Church site. An application was submitted to the Chief Town Planner who recently gave his approval.”

That approval is subject to several conditions. They are that: vending activities Monday through Friday not take place between 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. when morning traffic was at its peak; provision be made for adequate-size culverts in the area of the ditch; a parking area be delineated and made up to the satisfaction of the Chief Town Planner; surface water be contained on site to the satisfaction of the Chief Town Planner; and that access to and egress from the site be left turn only and adequate signage placed to inform motorists. 

3 Responses to Approved!

  1. Tony Webster February 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    I must support this in principle, as it’s so much better to facilitate such entrepreneurial activity, than by handing out welfare cash.
    However, not having seen the full TCP conditions, one might ask about toilets and water-supply facilities, if food is to be offered there. Even if food is not now anticipated, or allowed …you KNOW it gine sell… so put in at least a “pipe”, and a (clean) toilet. And proper gargbage bins or a COVERED skip. Please.

  2. Stephen Lovell February 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Tony, on the issue of toilets,water and garbage disposal, I agree with you 100%.
    I hope they also look at vending on the highway in a comprehensive manner. I don’t think the bush is adequate if you are selling coconut water, food or anything that will be consumed by the public.

  3. kay-rani rosita February 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Tony Webster, I agree with you 100%


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