Water Street vendors seek extension to stall removal deadline

Stabroek News
November 21, 2000

Hours before the deadline expired, Water Street vendors returned to the court yesterday, seeking an extension to an order for them to remove their stalls by 6:00 pm daily.

The application, filed by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes on behalf of the vendors, is expected to come up for hearing before Chief Justice Desiree Bernard today.

In the application, the vendors are seeking a stay of Justice Bernard's order of October 20, which allowed them to hawk their wares between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, once they removed their stalls at the end of the day. The order was made by Justice Bernard, who along with Justice Oswell Legall presided over the matter in the Full Court.

The Full Court heard the application by the vendors for a continued stay of execution of an injunction granted to the City Council in January this year by Justice Desmond Burch-Smith restraining them from operating after 5:00 pm and ordering that they remove their stalls.

The vendors appealed and the matter was heard by Justice Nandram Kissoon who ordered that they sell between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

That application was filed by vendors Grantley Lewis, Anne Payne, Gopaul Ramdas, Shyam Ramsingh, Samuel McIntyre and Sonia Mc Kenzie on behalf of 400 of their colleagues. The Mayor and City Council was represented by Senior Counsel Keith Massiah and attorney-at-law Robert Ramcharran.

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