In light of Town Clerk Royston King’s announcement of a three month extension to be given to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for the “Parliament View Mall”, and the owner’s counter that “no extension will be given”, the Mayor of Georgetown relayed that the M&CC is currently “looking at other places to house vendors.”
According to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, there have been many efforts made to compromise with the owner of the land – on which the Parliament View Mall sits – Haresh Narine Sugrim, with regards to gaining an extension to have vendors ply their trade at the location for another three months.
However, since Sugrim has been adamant in his decision, the Mayor said she has no other choice but to look elsewhere in hopes of finding another location to have the Stabroek Market vendors relocated once again.
“Mr Sugrim continues to say there’s no hope for an extension, and while we are still in talks with him, we are looking at other avenues of where we can relocate the vendors because we have some time until August and so our market’s Public Health Committee is looking at every single, possible area that we can think about to have them relocated,” she said.
Sometime in late April, Town Clerk Royston King announced during a meeting with some 400 vendors that they would be removed for four months to facilitate a clean-up exercise as part of an overarching plan to secure the integrity and health of the Stabroek Market Square.
The vendors were then removed and relocated to a plot of land now known as the Parliament View Mall, with a promise to be given a permanent location soon.
The owner of the plot of land in an agreement with the Mayor and City Council, agreed to facilitate the vendors for a period of three months.
Earlier in July, King announced that he was hoping for an additional three months extension to be given on the plot of land, but Sugrim later responded that he would not be extending the agreement, and he had no intention of changing his decision.