Shoppers on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain make their way between vending stalls set up on the roadway.
Assignment: As a successful Businessman in Port of Spain write a report to the Minister of Trade outlining the effects of Illegal Street Vending on Legal business. This report must also make recommendations to alleviate the problems outlines.
5th November, 2008
Charlotte Street Business Association.
After reading my report, the Honorable Minister shall seriously consider the effects of street vending to business and the recommendations to satisfy both businesses and vendors.
We do admit that vendors have broken the agreement; we believe however, removing the vendors off the streets could lead to an increase in criminal activities.
In October 2006, the Charlotte Street was blocked off to traffic to allow vendors to sell their goods under a special arrangement with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation. On March 30th, 2008, the vending programme was terminated by the Port-of-Spain City Corporation, until further notice. This is an attempt to stem the proliferation of illegal and chaotic situations that had developed in the programme, and formally put an end to the Street Market.
The general consensus is that businesses are elated the Port of Spain Mayor has taken the decision to move vendors from off the street. However, even though the move has been to our greater advantage, there are some negative affects that must not be overlooked.
Since the termination, a number of concerns were raised both by the businesses and vendors or license-holders that treat with the issues of traffic management, waste management, illegal parking, security and the sale of pirated goods.
The legitimate business heads would like to state, its not that they do not care about others or the spiraling crime rate,...