Vendors divided on increased fees

Vendors in the Castries Craft Market are divided on the imposition of increased vending fees.

The Castries Constituencies Council (CCC) announced Thursday that the vendors will be required to pay fifteen percent Value Added Tax (VAT)  for rental of their booths.

The President of the Vendors’ Association, Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac had told the Times that a petition protesting the new fee will be sent to the Minister of Local Government.

But some vendors believe it’s much ado about nothing.

“I don’t find it is too much,” said  Fidelia Paul who has been selling in the Vendors Arcade for twenty-one years.


(Fidelia Paul)

She asserted that she has been paying the same rate for all that time.

“If we have to pay it I will pay it,” Paul told the Times.

Another vendor, Judy Simon,  said the increase was not burdensome.


(Judy Simon)

“If you want convenience – you want the place to be better, we want to be attractive to the tourists, we have to pay for it – everything comes with a price so I don’t think eighteen dollars is unfair to any vendor,” Judy Simon asserted.

Her only concern was that the CCC should have summoned a meeting to inform everyone of the new measure beforehand so it would not have come as a surprise.

Josephine Cadette told the Times that although in the inception it was difficult for her to pay, she was proud that the CCC had given her a counter in the arcade.


(Josephine Cadette)

She disclosed that she was happy about the increase.

“For twenty-one years we are in the arcade and we have made progress for the twenty-one years – I had a lil house, I renovate and now I have a big house now because of the arcade,” Cadette disclosed.

She observed that before the fee used to be thirty dollars.

“I make so much progress on that thirty dollars I don’t see why we can’t  pay the eighteen dollars for the VAT. It is unfair. I don’t see why we can’t pay one hundred and thirty eight dollars monthly,” she declared.

The vendors spoke as the President of the Association held a meeting in the arcade to discuss the new fees.

Cadette felt that the majority of vendors did not want to pay the increase because they are following the Association President.

“We don’t have to follow Mr.Isaac because we have a mind of out own,” she asserted.



  1. Anonymous
    December 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Wow. Its nice to hear st Lucian’s saying they welcome VAT and an increase in fees. Change is really here.

    1. Anonymous
      December 3, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Fees/increases with expectation of improved service is fair. Don’t just increase for increasing sake or because you mismanaging. Bee Oh Fess Elle I’m watching you.

  2. Anonymous
    December 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Ras Ipa Isaac has always been unstable in all his ways. He like Tarzan Jumping from tree to tree.

    December 2, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    all of them that support the VAT is a U

    1. Anonymous
      December 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      I support it and I am not U. Just a realist and practical.

  4. the voice
    December 3, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    If they absorbed the VAT since the implementation then the vendors can’t be upset about the decision to pass the cost..

  5. Anonymous
    December 4, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Smh it appears that we St.Lucians want everything for free and still want improved environments. Hmmm wonder how that will happen … i guess we will all sit our back sides and the government will produce money and take care of us without fail.. I SUPPORT THE INCREASE … ah vay tay a pee st lucien smh

  6. Uo
    December 4, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    You think they cannot pay? Ro ro they want

  7. Anonymous
    December 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Pay that’s cheap

  8. Anonymous
    December 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Ras ipa him self have so much money for City Council in det he refuses to talk about it but he will make petition for the vendors not to pay. ku tou day lumm.
    Always complaining.

  9. Anonymous
    December 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm