Proposals planned to settle disputes at Shida marketplace
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government welcomed yesterday a plan to hold new consultations to break the long standoff between business operators and local residents at the Shida Market community.
January 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Municipal officials responded positively to a proposal by the Shida Culture and Commerce Association to hold trilateral consultations among residents, store owners and the city government after the conclusion of the Chinese New Year holidays in February.
Sun Mao-chuan, head of the association formed by residents, landlords and business operators surrounding the National Taiwan Normal University, known as Shida, made the proposal at a meeting yesterday.
He said the standoff has remained unsolved for more than a year. He strongly called for the issue to be resolved for all parties by using the principle of “living in peace and working happily with contentment.”
With assistance from the city government, Sun said his group will work with other associations in the area to find a solution for harmony and prosperity in the community.
He said all parties should jointly work to recover love and equanimity for the common good instead of causing confrontations and uneasiness.
But he stressed the city government needs to revise its outdated regulations so as to maintain public security in the areas around the market rather than simply meting out fines against restaurateurs and business operators.
A city government spokesman said that it is good to see rational dialogue.
He said officials will be open to the positions of community residents and businesspeople at the forthcoming coordination meeting.
The municipal government said currently, however, it will continue the existing practice of enforcing strict rules, with a system of demerit points for store operators who violate noise and air pollution regulations as well as health and hygienic criteria. Severe violations will still be subject to penalties, including business shutdowns.
The system was implemented after local residents stepped up complaints and protests against business operators who create noise and air pollution in their neighborhood, especially during peak business hours at night.