Fruit seller Rayburn Ebanks has pedaled his locally grown produce on the side of Crewe Road for last 2 years, but come Sunday (January 31, 2016) Mr. Ebanks will have to call it day.
Although he has a Trade and Business Licence to operate as a retailer, he does not have planning permission for his stall, and now faces eviction from the area.
He told Cayman 27, ” I don’t understand why I’m being kicked out from here.” During that interview he said he believed the Cayman Islands Aviation Authority was behind his eviction.
Cayman 27 reached out to the CIAA who said they have been in talks with Mr Ebanks since 2013 about his stall. In a statement sent to Cayman 27, a spokes person stated that Mr. Ebanks received numerous letters asking him to demolish his stall and relocate to the Farmers Market, because he lacks the proper planning permission.
Below is the press statement in its entirety:
“In November 2013 the CIAA was served with an enforcement notice by the Planning Department regarding Mr. Ebanks structure. Following this, a notice was sent by the CIAA to Mr. Ebanks to move his structure by March 2014. Mr. Ebanks subsequently made some changes to the structure, however he still did not have any planning permission. CIAA has communicated on several occasions to Mr. Ebanks that when the Farmers Market pavilion was completed he would have the option to move in there under their terms and conditions. In October 2015 a follow-up letter was received from the Planning Department. Mr. Ebanks was contacted again in writing to request that he move his structure by January 31st 2016, and relocate his business to the new Farmers Market Pavilion which opened in December 2015, and he signed acknowledging receipt of that letter. Mr. Ebanks was also reminded by CIAA staff last week of the final deadline for him to move his structure and at no time did he give any indication that he would not comply. Today he asked the CIAA for a one week extension which was granted.” – CIAA