BUJU BANTON’S Long Walk To Freedom Concert at Kensington Oval on Saturday night was a relatively safe show.
However, it came at an additional cost to some patrons. Yesterday morning, after the six-hour show ended, many made the long walk back to their vehicles parked on Spring Garden only to find traffic tickets tucked behind the wipers.
A video posted to Facebook showed a line of cars parked neatly on the sidewalk, going past the Atlantis Submarine berth with many vehicles sporting hired licence plates.
There were also other social media postings complaining about the issuing of the tickets. The show’s promoters, FAS7Star, had pointed out that while there was no park-and-ride system, there was an after-show shuttle service with buses provided by the Transport Board to several areas, including Bathsheba, Shorey Village, Chalky Mount, Bowmanston, Connell Town, Sam Lord’s Castle and College Savannah.
When contacted yesterday, acting police public relations officer, Acting Station Sergeant Michael Blackman, said: “Despite about three weeks of continuous public appeal, there were a number of people who continued to park indiscriminately on walkways and pathways causing pedestrians, especially the elderly and differently abled, to walk in the road. This practice must stop and we will continue to enforce the law on their behalf.”