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Stabroek Wharf vendors to be relocated next Friday

first_imgStabroek Wharf vendors who will have to relocate their businesses because of the partial collapse of the structure will be taking up positions within the barricaded Route 42 bus park in the Stabroek Market Square as of next Friday.This decision taken by the Georgetown City Council was reportedly communicated to the vendors sometime last week via notice.According to the document seen by this publication, an inspection was conducted two weeks ago by Chief City Engineer Colvern Venture, who inked in his report that the sixth section of the wharf was uninhabitable and unsuitable to accommodate vending activities.The vendors were also thus notified: “Failure to remove from the said stelling when stipulated will result in lawful measures being employed to ensure your [theThe dilapidated roofvendors’] compliance.”Further, vendors were reminded that continued occupation of the wharf could prove detrimental; thus their compliance is essential.When Guyana Times on Wednesday visited the area which has been identified for the relocation, works were in progress to prepare the area for the vendors. This included the erection of concrete structures to demarcate the zones for operation.One of the vendors told this publication that they had, for many months, waited for action to be taken to fix the wharf, and are hoping that works would be completed in a timely manner. He added that vagrants are occupying the wharf both during the day and at night, making it unsafe for vendors to house their goods.Moreover, the vendor said, the presence of vagrants at the wharf further degrades the aesthetics of the shopping area, and customers are afraid to venture into the area.“It good that we just got to wait a couple more days till we get to go out there, cause they say is next week on the paper; but I hope is that, cause you get a set of junkie and all kinda things happening at the back here. So is good if they can doA section of the unsafe flooring of the wharfthe works and get we back here in a better state,” the vendor expressed.It was reported since June 2016 that Town Clerk Royston King had declared the commencement of works after the Council had received word from the Public Infrastructure Ministry to go ahead with the project.Nevertheless, in November of 2017, the works were still pending, and this publication was informed that to facilitate rehabilitation of the wharf, vendors would be relocated to the west of the Parliament Building following the removal of the Island Snackette and Pizzeria. According to City Hall, the expectation was to transfer vendors there by the end of November 2017.At that time, the budget for the complete refurbishment of the wharf was pegged at some $400 million. After the repairs, the section of the market which faces the Demerara River would be converted into a mall, inclusive of a boardwalk and entertainment areas. If the ideas are approved by the vendors, they would be required to pay a larger sum of money to rent sections of the new building.Over the years, more than 300 vendors were situated at the wharf, but the number dwindled following insecurities posed by the deteriorating structure. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

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Watford boss Quique Flores eyes Crystal Palace midfielder as striker’s future remains uncertain

first_img1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has revealed he expects to soon sign a midfielder, but is yet to make a decision on Matej Vydra’s future.The Hornets boss, whose team host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, has been linked with several high-profile players – Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli and free agent Yoann Gourcuff included – but said that for now a more defensive midfielder is his priority.“We have three players, [Ben] Watson, [Etienne] Capoue and [Valon] Behrami, in this position so we are a bit weak,” Sanchez Flores said. “The season is very long and we need to replace injuries and suspensions. Maybe we have news in a few days in that position.“The [end of the] market is close, there will be a lot of players going in the last moment and some going to come in the last moment.“I like [Crystal Palace’s Adlene Guedioura]. I checked him in matches at the end of last season. He was one of the main players in the squad, but I don’t exactly know what is his situation now because this changes every day. He is a good player but I don’t know about the possibility of bringing him back.“Inside the club we didn’t talk about Balotelli. It is more of a possibility in the media than in the club. We didn’t talk about him.“I don’t know if [club owner] Mr Pozzo was offered [Gourcuff]. But I do like players of this kind of quality.”Nottingham Forest have enquired about signing Vydra on loan, but Sanchez Flores is yet to decide whether he is prepared to allow the 23-year-old Czech to leave, raising the possibility of another forward joining the club before then.“We didn’t make an official decision in the case of Vydra,” said Sanchez Flores. “We wait a little bit more to decide, maybe three or four days. It depends on a lot of things, a lot of things can change.“Always the players want to play. Sometimes players who are not playing, their passion is not so big. The league is very long and you need to have the patience to wait for the opportunity. Some players can wait for a long time, some want to leave.“Players are sometimes looking for other options and we respect the ideas of the players. We know the brain sometimes has the idea to change and look for other clubs. I respect that. The final decision is on the club.“If players move, from Watford, more players will come in to use this position. We have to wait as it is only speculation now.“[Vydra] has different qualities and I watch him in training every day, but we take a decision on him soon.” Adlene Guedioura last_img read more