The government and vendors at the Constant Spring Market in St Andrew are now on an inevitable collision course, as the vendors remain resolute they are not backing down and will not relocate.
Things have now escalated as the Member of Parliament, Karl Samuda, has disclosed that he can offer no assistance to them.
The vendors, numbering more than 70, were served recently with eviction notices by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation giving them until September 30 to leave. The market is to be demolished to facilitate the expansion of Constant Spring Road.
So far they have sought court intervention as well as staged a protest. But one of the vendors, Tameka Livingston, is adamant that she and her colleagues will remain until a solution is found because they have no options. She adds that solutions have been found in the past for similar situations and the vendors are demanding no less.
And MP for St. Andrew North Central, Karl Samuda, has indicated that his hands are being tied by the vendors, because the plans for the market are a done deal. He has not taken kindly to the strong words being used by the vendors which seek to give him an ultimatum.