Vendors protested in front of City Hall after being removed by the City Council from the pavements
Over the weekend the Mayor and City Council as part of a clean up campaign along Regent Street removed vendors and attempted to clean up the pavements. As a result of learning this, the vendors having nowhere to go and no means of selling protested in front of City Hall. On Monday the vendors said they were confused and frustrated because there was no warning and no reasoning behind the removal of their stands.
As it currently stands the law states that vendors only have a right to ply their trade on the streets with a permit or license. The acting Town Clerk, Carol Sooba, stated that from a legal standpoint if the Mayor and City Council were to continue to allow them they would continue to be in breach of the council’s by-laws.
Some vendors have been selling on Regent Street for over a decade and are solely dependent selling in the streets of Georgetown.