‘Stalls Rented Out, People Living There Against Law’

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07 Jan 2021 14:58
‘Stalls Rented Out, People Living There Against Law’
Market vendors along Mead Road in Suva just outside MH Superfresh.

Renting of stalls and people staying inside the illegally constructed structures at Mead Road were among the abuses of the system discovered by the Suva City Council.

The structures, which posed as a legitimate mini markets, were taken down by the council on December 16, 2020.

Special administrator Isikeli Tikoduadua said the council found that an individual was renting out stalls.

Mr Tikoduadua said the structures did not only violate health and safety codes but also land laws.

“We referred the matter to the Police and we believe that investigation is underway,” he said.

“The council will not allow any such structures. There are spaces in the Suva Market and Nabua Market.”

The council is constructing three mini-markets which would have toilet facilities, water and security.

According to the council, the illegal markets did not have any such facilities.

“We have had residents complaining about people urinating in public areas, blockage of drains because of litter,” Mr Tikoduadua said.

“The Mead Road market was built on a drain. People were living in the stalls, or sleeping overnight.”

A member of the local community association Vincent McKenzie said although they realised the need to be able to provide for their families, there was a need to follow the law.

The council is adamant that no illegal markets as such would be allowed.

The construction of mini markets in Flagstaff, Raiwaqa and Mead Road are now on the cards.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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