SINGAPORE – Flower vendors and fortune tellers with makeshift stalls near two popular Waterloo Street temples will need a licence from next year to operate from designated lots as the authorities move in to deal with crowding and obstruction.
From Jan 4 next year, the 41 street vendors will have to progressively move into these allocated lots, which measure 2m by 1.5m.
In a joint statement on Tuesday (Dec 8), the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Singapore Food Agency and Urban Redevelopment Authority said this will allow for safe distancing between street vendors in the area, unobstructed fire engine access and give pedestrians more room to walk.
“Currently, the pedestrian mall is often busy and filled with stall set-ups and discarded boxes that obstruct the pathways.
“These are not conducive to both the street vendors and visitors to the area, and are potential fire hazards,” the agencies said.
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