MHA makes pledge to district
I’d like to take this opportunity as MHA for the District of Port de Grave to outline the strong commitment I have demonstrated to the district since being elected in 2011. Tangible examples of investments and growth are obvious all around the district.
One example is the investment this year of $5.3 million in municipal capital works for those communities served by town councils in Bay Roberts, Spaniard’s Bay, Clarke’s Beach and Upper Island Cove.
Other investments that this government has made which benefit the residents of Port de Grave district include investments in education. In Budget 2013-14, government committed $1.8 million to construct a new school to replace Coley’s Point Primary. The site selection is nearing completion and consulting firm Fougere-Menchenton has been hired to do the planning and design of the new school. We have seen upgrades to area schools totally nearly $750,000. These upgrades included roof and electrical upgrades to Holy Redeemer (Spaniard’s Bay), Coley’s Point Primary and St. Peter’s School (Upper Island Cove).
Our continuing efforts to improve road infrastructure in the district serve residents and visitors in a very positive way. We have focused primarily on high volume roads and major secondary roads. Since my election in 2011, we have resurfaced, ditched, curbed and placed culverts on Conception Bay Highway from Snow’s Variety in Clarkes Beach to the Shearstown Road turnoff. resurfacing and ditching of three kms of Bareneed Road and resurfacing of over two kms of highway in Spaniard’s Bay. Work has also been completed on over two kms of Cranes Road and some 1.5 kms in Makinsons. These improvements have invested over $ 2 million in road infrastructure.
We have worked with communities to invest in their recreation infrastructure including lighting for the Upper Island Cove Ball field, fencing and repairs to recreation facilities in Spaniard’s Bay, equipment in Clarkes Beach, North River and Makinsons and support for the new skateboard park in Bay Roberts. Finally we have assisted the Bay Arena with roof repairs, lighting and new compressors. These investments are in excess of $300,000.
There is plenty of work still to be done. We realize that and will work with the people of the district and government to continue to enhance the quality of life and safety of our citizens and visitors alike.
I have established good working relationships with all ministers and speak to them, daily, on issues related to the people of the district. We are very proud of the investments and projects which have created employment and provided great economic benefit in the region.
Government has been very supportive of the district and is committed to working with residents of the area on future projects. I made a personal commitment to the people of the district of Port de Grave in 2011, and I am pleased to say that I continue to work hard every day to bring their concerns to government. — Glenn Littlejohn is MHA for the
district of Port de Grave.