…begin selling at Route 42 bus parkAfter taking four months to establish a new area and construct stalls following the relocation of vendors from the Stabroek Wharf, the merchants have restarted their trade at the Route 42 bus park.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Public Relations Officer of the Mayor and City Council, Debra Lewis said that vendors were recently allowed to move into their new stalls and begin to sell.She noted that after six weeks, the Council will move to collect a monthly fee from the vendors. However, only those who are completely finished building had movedSome of the structures during the construction phaseinto the new structures.“Once they build, they can move in. They have a grace period when they move in which is six weeks after. Some of them have moved in already. Right now, you would see persons occupying. Not all but some of them who are finished,” said Lewis.Since June of 2016, it was reported that former Town Clerk Royston King had declared the commencement of works at the wharf.At that time, the budget for the complete refurbishing of the wharf was pegged at some $400 million. After the repairs, the section of the market which faces the Demerara River would be converted into a mall, inclusive of a boardwalk and entertainment areas. If the ideas were approved by the vendors, they would be required to pay a larger sum of money to rent the new building.In the past, over 300 merchants were situated at the wharf, but this number has been reduced to just over 80.The works at the wharf is expected to last for two years and as such, this also means that the Route 42 (Grove-Diamond) bus park will be displaced for the same period of time.In November 2018, a fire would have destroyed a section of the wharf after it was cordoned off for rehabilitation.For now, the new stalls are uniformly painted in two different sizes. The smaller size, measuring five feet by eight feet with a height of 13 feet, is set a cost of $3400 per month. The standard size, measuring 10 feet by eight feet with 13 feet height is priced at $6800 per month.As it relates to payment, some persons have complained that they were informed of a $10,000 fee which was to be paid to the Council. While only some were briefed about this “arrangement”, others are under the impression that it is not a standard agreement.
Deputy Joe McHugh has confirmed discussions are underway between the Government and the Health Service Executive (HSE) on extending helicopter services to Tory Island.The proposal to expand air connectivity to the island was included in a report by Pól Ó Gallchóir, chairman of Foras na Gaeilge and former chief executive of TG4, during his review of transport services at the end of March.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “Currently officials in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are in discussions with the Health Service Executive (HSE) about the expansion of the Tory Island helicopter service. “The focus of talks is on the possibility of expanding the service by three months.“A proposed expansion of the air operation was one of the key recommendations made by Pól Ó Gallchóir during his review of transport services for Tory.“The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht wrote to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in recent weeks about expanding the operation and discussions are now ongoing.“In the last year the Government doubled helicopter services to Tory, with the flight in and out of the island to Falcarragh increasing from one day a fortnight to once a week. “The service ran from mid-November last year until March 30 and these new discussions involving the Department and the HSE will explore the possibility of extending the services into September and April.”Mr McHugh added: “The plans for increased air services are just one aspect of the ever improving transport links to Tory.“We are also committed to designing and constructing a new purpose built ferry to operate from Magheraroarty to Tory over the next couple of years. Consultation work on the project has begun.“The commitment for the new boat is in the National Development Plan and it will be delivered.”endsBackground Pól Ó Gallchóir’s report was submitted to Islanders and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Friday March 23.Costs for the expansion of the air transport services to Tory Island have yet to be finalised.Discussions underway to extend helicopter services for Tory Island was last modified: May 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalhelicopter sericeTory Island