San Juan Market vending fee moves from $40 to $400

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    San Juan Market, Trinidad (Photo Credit: NALIS)

    San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation Chairman Anthony Roberts says the 1000 per cent increase in fees for San Juan market vendors was a unanimous decision taken by all councillors.

    Under the 1996 Bye-Laws, Mr Roberts says the majority of the 100-plus vendors were paying a rental fee of $40 per month and the new fee proposed is $400 per month.

    This proposal is being sent to Cabinet for approval.

    This did not sit well with vendors, as just days ago they staged a protest and threatened legal action over the issue.

    The Chairman today told the media that it costs almost $500,000 per month to operate the market, and he believes the vendors have benefitted from the ‘archaic fees’ for too long.

    Mr. Roberts says 75% of vendors are in arrears for 2017 and 2018, while 25% of them are still in arrears for this year.

    Only one vendor he says is completely up to date with payments.

    Current fee structure under the 1996 Bye-Laws
    Proposed fee structure for market vendors to be sent to Cabinet for approval