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San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello, right, with municipal police officers on Lower High Street yesterday.

Wrecking will resume in San Fernando from Monday following complaints by business owners about indiscriminate parking in the southern city. During the stay at home restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, wrecking was halted in and around the main shopping area. Speaking with reporters yesterday at High Street, Mayor Junia Regrello said the Council was reluctant to resume wrecking at this time because of the financial difficulties facing citizens.

However, he said errant drivers were parking their vehicles on High Street for extended hours to go shopping and even travel to Port-of-Spain.

“We are being forced, we are being pressed by business places to bring back the wrecker on Monday.”

He said wrecking operations will operate at a reduced capacity.

“Normally we work with two or three wreckers we are going to consider installing one wrecker to help the situation.”

Also addressing the issue at the San Fernando City Corporation, Regrello said the wrecker would be patrolling High Street and nearby streets, as well near the Central and Marabella markets.

“Business persons in the Marabella area are complaining that vendors are setting up shop in the tray of the vehicles outside of their business and causing problems and confession.”

While the wrecker will not be targeting the general public given this difficult financial period, he said, “We understand their plight, and we are trying to cooperate with them, but we are also asking the public to support and cooperate with us.”

He also announced adjustments to the traffic arrangements on Kings Wharf on Friday.

To accommodate a massive military funeral at the church at Kings Wharf, and the sod-turning ceremony for the Waterfront Project, the taxi stands will relocate to upper High Street for one day.

He apologised for the inconvenience.