Sunday 8 December, 2019

WATCH:Oistins fish vendors have a backup of issues despite renovations

Vendor showed his plunger that he uses daily at the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins to battle the drainage issue.

Vendor showed his plunger that he uses daily at the Berinda Cox Fish Market in Oistins to battle the drainage issue.

- by Daveny Ellis

Vendors at the Berinda Cox Fish Market are appreciative but not pleased with all the renovations made there.

Reopened November 20, 2019, several vendors at the Oistins-located complex who preferred to remain anonymous were vocal about the drainage problems being experienced, with some calling the work "shoddy" and in need of immediate attention.

 

One vendor demonstrated to Loop News using a plunger how he has to tackle the problem consistently throughout the day.

While some were okay to accept the facility as is, another felt the government had a duty to fix the issues for the vendors regardless, as they had assured them things would improve.

Over at the Bridgetown Fish Market, vendors there were empathetic, understanding their Christ Church colleagues plight, but they felt as though the problems being experienced do not warrant an uproar and they did not share the Oistins vendors' complaints.

Since the renovations at their own complex in The City, they too experienced some challenges with their drains but over time have adjusted to using the newer systems that call for more careful maintenance by the staff in clearing the drains.

Adrian Wiltshire, a vendor of the last 33 years, said that maybe the Oistins Facility is now experiencing the same issues that once affected Bridgetown, but he proposed that in time they may adjust too.

Though hopeful that the government will address their issues at the Berinda Cox facility with haste, one vendor confessed that a fix even at this point may not help sales. He who had been working in the facility for over a decade felt there was no need to raise an alarm right now because "sales are slow" and he cannot see any way of improving things before Christmas.

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