Coconut vendors operating on the shoulder of the Gros Islet Highway are irate over what they say are attempts by the authorities to take away their livelihoods

On Monday the vendors were greeted by “No Vending” signs which had been placed along the length of the road

The vendors are refusing to move until alternative arrangements are made for them.

Vendors plying their trade along the Gros-Islet  Highway have been blamed for a number of accidents and for traffic congestion as motorists stop to purchase coconut water and jelly.

After numerous complaints, the vacant lot outside the old Daher Mall at Bois D Orange was identified as a possible site to relocate the vendors to.

The proposal which was put forward in 2018 was rejected by the vendors for a myriad of reasons.

One year later no vending signs have been installed in an apparent effort to force the vendors to relocate to the proposed site but they are still defiant.

Coincidentally our camera caught the St. Lucia Labour Party spokesman on investment Dr. Ernest Hilaire who stopped to patronize the vendors. He expressed the view that the vendors livelihoods will indeed be severely and negatively impacted by the move. He has joined them in their calls for the authorities to find a more suitable location to relocate the vendors to.

While the Gros Islet Town Council was unavailable for comment on the matter, the DCA says it will make a statement later this week.

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