ST JOHN’S, Antigua – People doing business at the St John’s Market Complex were seen parking on both sides of the facility over the weekend following complaints from vendors that a police decision to enforce the no-parking regulations there affected their income.
Last month, police and traffic wardens began their enforcement by issuing tickets to motorists illegally parked on the eastern and western sides of the facility.
Vendors there cried foul and asked authorities to find parking for customers who were now shopping elsewhere.
An official from St John’s Development Corporation (SJDC), the entity responsible for the market complex, told OBSERVER Media that parking is permitted again because of recent discussions held with the police.
“What we did after we heard the police were going to implement the traffic regulations (fully), we met with them and asked them to allow parking in and around the public complex on Fridays and Saturdays,” SJDC Executive Director Anthony Stuart said.
For the other days, Stuart added, “The police did not give us any assurance they would assist us on those days.”
The SDJC is still pushing the idea of parking at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre, although vendors believe it is too far.
“We have constructed parking facilities at the Multipurpose Centre which is just a stone’s throw away. Customers could park there and just simply walk across to do business,” the executive director said.
Parking was among a long list of concerns that market merchants raised and which the market authorities say they are well advanced in addressing.