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Vendors In Front Of Town Council To Relocate

This is a very good idea for all the vendors to be under one roof for safety reasons, says Market Vendors Association President
18 Sep 2020 09:34
Vendors In Front Of Town Council To Relocate
Savusavu Market Vendors in front of the Savusavu Town Council office. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Savusavu Market Vendors Association president Ana Vita has confirmed that the vendors who temporarily occupied the front area of Savusavu Town Council will relocate next week.

She said the vendors had been told by the council last week to relocate to the temporary market area.

“This is a very good idea for all the vendors to be under one roof for safety reasons,” Ms Vita said.

“Moreover, this is a fair idea as all the vendors will have an equal opportunity to sell their produce and make money.”

She explained that due to social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some vendors were shifted to the carrier stand and in front of the Council office.

“Now that we are no longer maintaining a two-metre distance, it is right for the vendors to move where they supposed to be which is at the temporary market shelter,” she said.

“As for the new market project, I am confident that the council will deliver what they promised. Hence, I am requesting the vendors to have patience.

“Moreover, vendors should be thankful that they still have the opportunity to do business.”

She said there were about 300 vendors. Many vendors have revealed that they lost hope the new market project to be completed as Savusavu Town Council are sorts out its issues with the former management.

One of the special administrators for Labasa and Savusavu Town Council Doreen Robinson, said vendors were called upon to understand the complexity of the situation and try to work with Savusavu Town Council

“We understand where the vendors are coming from, but we need to do things properly once and for all,” Ms Robinson said.

“The COVID-19 crisis only added to more upheaval and uncertainty as some vendors were relocated to the front of the town as a social distancing exercise and now we’re being moved back to where they were.

“It goes without saying that the delays have been inevitable and frustrating, but this current administration intends to get it right, even if it means putting up with complaints and criticism in the meantime,” she said.

“If we all work together there will be better times and conditions ahead of us.”

The $1.1 million market project began in late 2018 and was expected to be completed within one year.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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