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Vendors 'Keep Out' from RT Roundabout; We mean it!

Barriers placed at the Road Town Roundabout to prevent any vending in the area. Photo: VINO
From left: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Anthony S. McMaster and Minister Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R1) are the persons reportedly behind the decision to remove vendors from the Road Town Roundabout. Photo: VINO/File
From left: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Anthony S. McMaster and Minister Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R1) are the persons reportedly behind the decision to remove vendors from the Road Town Roundabout. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Four days after the Government of Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) forced vendors from plying their trade next to the Sol Gas Station at the Road Town Roundabout, they have taken yet another step to keep them out.

It was on July 10, 2017 that the Ministry of Communications and Works headed by Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) issued a notice for the vendors to remove from the area. The vendors, some Virgin Islanders, Belongers and Caribbean nationals living in the Virgin Islands for years, used the area to sell coconut water, fruits, vegetables and fish among other items.

Well there were reports that one vendor had returned to the area yesterday July 12, 2017; however, late yesterday Government had placed barriers in the area as an indication for the vendors to keep out.

Many of the vendors told the local media that they were told about moving the same day as the notice was issued and they felt they were treated unfairly.

Mixed reaction

There have been mixed reactions from the public by the Government's move to prevent the poor or the “little man” from making a living.

Many in the business and upper class in the British Overseas Territory welcomed the move, saying the vendors had the area unsightly, and were depriving businesses of sale and that the vendors have no overhead.

However, others in the community including talk show hosts, civil society and the media blasted the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government for the way they treated the poor and less fortunate. The critics of the vendor removal action said the NDP Administration has a history of not caring for the poor or the “little man” when in fact the vendors were making an honest living in Premier Smith's so called robust economy.

One person speaking to our newsroom in a previous article said "the people who are being pushed out without giving them an alternative looks like us; however, you noticed that people who do not look like us can get a free $7.2 Million of our tax payers money with no issue."

The long time resident from Spy Glass Hill on the western end of Tortola said “something is wrong with this picture.”

49 Responses to “Vendors 'Keep Out' from RT Roundabout; We mean it!”

  • Stik (13/07/2017, 21:22) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    No shiggidy
    • @ stik (13/07/2017, 22:51) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      Keep u things bossy, they will make it so expensive for average people to survive in the country or put it out of the reach. Such a shame our banks here are so risk averse
    • Hmph (14/07/2017, 07:54) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
      Now there is no where to drop people off so cars will stop in the middle of the roundabout. Good thinking by the civil servants again!
    • Howdy doody (14/07/2017, 07:57) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
      All third world countries have road side vendors. Removing the vendors does not mean we are not a third world country.
  • Possibly (13/07/2017, 21:25) Like (24) Dislike (5) Reply
    I think it's about NDP dissolving their administration and calling an early election.
  • Charmin (13/07/2017, 21:26) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    Check this Election Day. All all you going get vote out. Keep out!
  • Totalitarianism (13/07/2017, 21:30) Like (23) Dislike (16) Reply
    IN FULL FORCE. This is what we have come too, under a NDP ganster-style government.
    • @Totalitarianism (14/07/2017, 08:52) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      No, it's call law and order and respecting rules. Something that seems to be nonexistent in this little 2x4 place.....
  • YeSa (13/07/2017, 21:32) Like (71) Dislike (13) Reply
    This is not nothing new for them. For many years they were told and some of them or all believe they can park up and sell and nobody can make them move, whether you born here or have any status you are wrong to be there selling from day one.

    Next thing you all arguing who in who's spot. None of you have a spot there. It belongs to the government. Have town looking like muck. Get moving and keep out. Case closed
    • good (14/07/2017, 06:30) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      @yesa you nail it straight to the point. People have to wait until it get heated to get warning....from time one setup then two more, damit man you really have Tortola to run how you want. I not even care to company in other islands. It's a straight kick up getting with everything on the ground. Them lucky they were told to move. Let is count the years it was said and I know this. But they needed to be fine selling in public without a trade license straight fine for them. So they better dont let them start up. Keep out from there go in the market regardless
  • race card (13/07/2017, 21:36) Like (18) Dislike (46) Reply
    I wonder if these vendors where of a different skin colour what would've been the outcome?
    • @ race card (13/07/2017, 22:33) Like (8) Dislike (20) Reply
      they would have remained right there
    • 'topsleep (14/07/2017, 09:09) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
      The different skin colour do not vend; they walk around town with a knapsack and a dog following them with a long beard. They get a job as a boat hand because the colour of their skin. They save their money and join with someone and the next thing they have a business selling paints or tiles; then the locals follow them and make them rich. When they are rich enough, they go in a corner and blah, blah, saying, "when are we going to rule these people? I am not comfortable with their rule." They run to a politician or two and look favours, then go to the White House and complain how the country is running, that they could do better, then plan our overthrow. Then the bloggers start to blog, "we want the Queen to come tek we over," Pure moo-moos who do not understand their history asking for the Oppressors to come in again. History got to repeat itself again in these Virgin Islands? 'Top sleeping. Them begrudgeous and want what you have; don't play with your birthright.
      • Alert (14/07/2017, 12:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You my dear,no problem , evidently you are Paying Attention!!
      • Drano (14/07/2017, 12:20) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

        These people you speak of will never rule these islands, ever. Many of them seem to be vagabonds who cannot survive in their home countries. They are not as bright (on average) as you make them out to be. And the days of us locals giving them the benefit of the doubt and priority treatment are long gone.

        As for the Queen taking over these islands with direct rule, what benefit will that get her? There are no more slaves or cheap colonial labor here. Plus she has more urgent worries with the Russians, the Chinese, the EU and those terrorists up there than to bother us.
    • Mr Shovel (14/07/2017, 11:09) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      Its funny how you racist people always find a way to bring race into every topic
  • ndp nah like poor people (13/07/2017, 21:38) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do like Wallah and sell your produce from your yard
  • i from here (13/07/2017, 21:39) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply

    The upper class full of sh*t and if you see where some of them live!

    • class (14/07/2017, 01:44) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      We have no class system in Tortola. Trust me. Nobody better that you and you aint better than nobody . Remember that!! Stop stigmatizing yourself and thinking less of yourself than you are
  • foxy (13/07/2017, 21:43) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    Shame on NDP
  • Liat 521 (13/07/2017, 22:35) Like (7) Dislike (12) Reply
  • watcher (13/07/2017, 22:42) Like (22) Dislike (8) Reply
    Not sure why this has become a political issue!!! Let them go back where they come from and sell there!
  • upper class (13/07/2017, 22:46) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Smart move NDP
  • rattie (13/07/2017, 22:55) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why do vendors act like they OWN where they have been selling at? Some will move to where they are assigned but others will fight this with tooth and nail? If they come back fine them big time. We have to build up not stay at the same level . Stand firm Hon. Mark
  • BamBam (13/07/2017, 22:58) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    Me son they don't look good bad image. Some of their produce look so funny there in the hot sun burning up and selling to people. on a old funny looking table disgraceful man. Move them out for real.
  • Janet Williams (13/07/2017, 23:08) Like (18) Dislike (4) Reply
    Its time to fully remove our mental shackles, educate our children, innovate and rise up. Africans worldwide must unite. We must become FULLY an independent minded people from those who have kept us down for centuries with their con-games.
    • vip (14/07/2017, 06:03) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
      Harecraft started off selling on the streets..Now Rite way has 9 Stores and Massive whole sale in the BVI..Sad that he had to sell it. But the word on the street is the BVI born here managers failed him...The Serians started on the street they to now have stores all over the BVI..When will someone black going to rise up like Haycraft and the Serians and say. I started on the Streets..?
  • 911 (13/07/2017, 23:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    As always, they need to get their priorities in order
  • concern (13/07/2017, 23:51) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    pushing around the weak Sounds like a hollow victory to me.
  • Music (14/07/2017, 02:16) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    How do you know these sellers are poor and needy? If all went to the market it would be a thriving place and people would shop there.
  • lord o. (14/07/2017, 05:16) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    Why they don't stop harassing the people. They are not making noise, they are not disturb traffic, they sell their stuff to make a dollar to put food on their table.. How about those down on the side of craft a live? How about those on the side walk next to Bobby's? Let the people be...What I admire about them, they sell in peace no fussing and argument with each other like most Caribbean country when they stop selling in peace and start fussing then it's time for them to go..
  • Edward (14/07/2017, 05:35) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    What is wrong with someone making an honest living. The orange barriers look horrible. Instead of making someone stop making a living, the Government should be be after the robbers and deadbeats that are taking from the working people.
  • Serpico (14/07/2017, 05:55) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Upper class??*&$@!. What's that in the BVI?
  • Street reporter.. (14/07/2017, 05:57) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Where is the road side selling development / success You start on the streets for 3 to 4 yrs, then you move to a nice covered area for another 3 to 4 yrs, then you expand into something bigger...There are one or two persons been selling on the roads for over ten yrs today they still on the road. They conplain and blame others for being on tge Road still after 10 yrs..That to me is a failing story... Those are the people government should ask. Why are you still at the side of the Road after 10yrs?....
  • Jim (14/07/2017, 07:12) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am all for having RT looking good and I agree that the vendors need a place of their own but not around the round about or any were. All we need is a nice market place and that would be good.
  • Wendy (14/07/2017, 08:46) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Pardon me, something is missing here. Why is the media site deliberately omitting the factual truth that there is a market place ,, a marketplace built for these vendors? A place in close proximity to where they are choosing to operate illegally with no license no permits, no taxes. Why the encouragement to have the criminal behaviour of the few locals and all these upper Caribbean xpats to whom the rise risen and rising crime rate of all types can be attributed? Seriously folks?....confiscate their goods,charge and lock them up and have them pay fines, deport those eligible..crime this crime that and media rag racing the criminals and law enforcers turning a blind eye.
    BVI,either you are concerned about crime and quality of life or you are not .Stop the contradictory gibberish and get on with it.

    ew locals and all these upper Caribbean xpats
  • Visionyouperish (14/07/2017, 09:14) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Find a place to put Panchie, Neto and that next white van that come there. That is stopping the market from expanding. Each country has a market and our market is blocked up with cars all around it. Pave the area and put up parking. Let the marketers pay for the parking spaces. Others keep out.
    • 1 of mark soldiers, cant touch he (14/07/2017, 11:18) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      What about STONE who took up the only parking lot at long bush for himself?
  • BVI Local (14/07/2017, 10:07) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    wow!!! so sad. The lady there sells the best plantain sweet and delicious why NDP? why are you punishing the people who trying to make daily dollars??

    Lord Bless The Leaders of the BVI
  • chad (14/07/2017, 10:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    I agree that the vendors being there wasn't too sightly however, it probably could've been handled a bit better. At the end of the day, people are not standing there in sun or rain for fun, it's obvious they're trying to make a dollar and it's obvious it's working because they continue to ply the trade there. How about meeting, finding solutions and relocate them in a proper manner. To be honest, those barricades look far worst than the vendors being set up there so what has been achieved really? I'm not a fan of all the small man talk nonsense as it's not genuine but rather used as a political tool. However, let's be fair to these people man, not because they're not big money people we treat them like sh*t. It is time we get proper rules in place to deal with these car washes, food vans, tent shops etc. taking up parking and deal with it ACROSS THE BOARD! Nit picking here and there only makes matters worst. Grow some balls Government!

  • Fix up the market (14/07/2017, 11:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree that the vendors should move. But that little market square is like a little ghetto. It is dirty, there is no parking, there couldn't possibly be enough space there to accommodate all the vendors. A bigger market is needed and it needs to be more attractive both for the vendors and the customers. I cannot think of where they could relocate the market but where and how it is right now, really do not think it is the best option. If you are asking the vendors to move, at least have somewhere sensible for them to move to.
    • Noway (14/07/2017, 16:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      They have somewhere sensible to move to. It is called home ...updeislun. The provided space that ha s been graciously provided by the BVI looks like a ghetto you say? Well it looks a lot better than their community where they lived or presently living. And so they must make a public place in our Town to look homey to their tacky liking? Since when beggars can be choosers?
  • Well... (14/07/2017, 11:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The problem here, as usual, is compliance (or lack of it). We see things that are not aesthetically pleasing, and we cast a blind eye and let them fester before we address them, sometimes because of the number of votes that will be lost if anything is said/done. Then when the problems reach epidemic levels, all of a sudden they are haphazardly addressed, causing bad feelings and disharmony because the 'offenders' had already adopted unhealthy habits. No wonder it is said that 'anything goes in the BVI.'
  • tola (14/07/2017, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    What's the different the vendors selling there all over the world you see people's selling on road side so why NDP making a big problem out of this but ayo put them in power an this coming election ayo going and do the same thing ......when these vendors go into the market who will see them all the way to the back over deh ......I could tell u alone the poor will feel it in this country
  • crazy (14/07/2017, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
  • protection (15/07/2017, 16:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not everything is good for the country. Its time we tighten up a few things. The market place is a better venue for trade. All will not be happy but you are trying to keep the town tidy and traffic moving smoothly.

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