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Jun 13, 2012

Councilor says he will look at allegations against constable

Kevin Singh

The City Councilor with responsibility for Markets, Kevin Singh says that while he understands everyone is trying to survive, the vendors must abide by the rules. According to Singh, they have been at odds with the sidewalk vendors for years and even after moving them on several occasions and putting up signs barring vending in the area, they still keep coming back. As for the allegations against the Special Constables, Singh says he’s personally checking on that issue.


Kevin Singh, Councilor Responsible for Markets 

“These people were being removed from yesterday; not only this morning. what happened is we have a lot of complaints weh come een from di pedestrians that they can’t utilize the sidewalks because vendors are selling on the majority of the sidewalks. And if you have been out there, you would see that we have signs on the lamp posts that say no vending on the sidewalks and we’ve been trying to get these people removed off the sidewalks for about two to three years now. We move them, they go right back, we move them they go right back. But the complaints have been coming in more and more now. So we’re trying to move them off the sidewalks.”


Delahnie Bain

“So they knew before today and before yesterday that they’re not supposed to be there.”


Kevin Singh

“Yes, we had done it already sometime last year and move them from off that—especially on the canal side. People utilize the sidewalk to go to the market and different things, coming out of the bus station and so and it’s really a congestion if when they set up their little stalls or their little booths, they set it on the whole sidewalk and the people can’t walk the sidewalk; they have to go on the street where the cars and the buses are moving.”


Delahnie Bain

“Now while we were out there this morning, some of them were claiming that the special constables rough them up and so on. Have you gotten any reports to that effect.”


Kevin Singh

“No, I haven’t gotten that report. I will have to go in and see about it. I talked to the special constable manager this morning and he didn’t tell me anything about roughing up. I noh think we di try rough up nobody man, we have enough people di try sue we fi market weh dehn get knock or bruk dehn foot. We noh need no more ah dat so I noh think we gone do dat.”


Delahnie Bain

“So what happens now? Is there somewhere else for these vendors to go?”


Kevin Singh

“Well, they will have to find somewhere else to go. According to the manager of the special constables, you can be fined for using the pedestrian walk. So more than likely they are not supposed to be there.”


Delahnie Bain

“But will they be moved into the market or…”


Kevin Singh

“Well, if we have space in the market and they want to go in there, then we can move them into the market because they utilize the sidewalks to get people who are passing by and thing to buy.”


When we last checked, the vendors still didn’t know where next they will sell their products. 

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2 Responses for “Councilor says he will look at allegations against constable”

  1. English Teacher says:

    can this person speak a sentence in proper english?

  2. Seletar says:

    English Teacher: you expect too much from our leaders and presumptive role models.

    Clear speech helps clear thinking, and there’s no evidence of that in our elected leaders.

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