The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown will be raising the fees for vendors plying their trade at the rehabilitated Merriman Mall.
The new fee is now $1500 daily, jumping from $300.
This huge increase is not resonating well with vendors who are bitterly objecting to the arbitrary move by City Hall.
Two months after finally being relocated to their initial vending spot, the vendors had opined that everything would return to normalcy.
This thought was however short-lived, as returning to the spot comes with a hefty price tag for rental fees.
The adjusted announcement was made during a meeting yesterday at City Hall to facilitate the way forward for the vendors.
According to a news report in today’s Guyana Times, one of the vendors present at the meeting yesterday disclosed that the M&CC had spontaneously ‘dropped’ the mandate, thereby driving shock and frustration through the majority of the vendors.
INews understands that the vendors had paid $300 per day for the rental before they were moved; and while at the Cummings Street location, they would be required to pay $1500 daily from tomorrow (Wednesday).
It is understood that the vendors had tried to negotiate for a reduction, complaining that this was way too high for just a day’s occupancy.
However, their attempts were futile since it was reported that they were told a reduction was not possible.