Res­i­dents need bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Ron­ald Th­waites CON­STITUENCY: Kingston Cen­tral

THOUGH JOY­FUL in declar­ing Kingston Cen­tral is “not a crime hotspot any­more”, Ron­ald Th­waites lamented dur­ing his Con­stituency De­bate con­tri­bu­tion to Par­lia­ment last week that his con­stituents are liv­ing in poor hous­ing con­di­tions and need help.

He framed his ar­gu­ment by point­ing to the ur­ban blight that pre­vails in com­mu­ni­ties such as Franklin Town, All­man Town, Camp­bell Town, Rose Gar­dens, Tel Aviv, Pa­rade Gar­dens, South­side, and Rae Town.

“[They] are all parts of an old city that used to be­speak the gra­cious­ness of our coun­try’s

cap­i­tal but which years and years of inat­ten­tion have cre­ated ur­ban blight and the dis­ap­point­ment of large num­bers of our peo­ple,” he de­clared.

Th­waites said in­vest­ments flow­ing into the down­town area aimed partly at re­ju­ve­nat­ing the port city will not be good enough if the au­thor­i­ties do not pay at­ten­tion to the liv­ing con­di­tions of the peo­ple of Kingston Cen­tral.

“Most of the dwellings in the area are se­verely sub­stan­dard and have been overused for many years, and now show the ill ef­fects of inat­ten­tion, lack of main­te­nance. The in­ner city, not only of Kingston, has tremen­dous ad­van­tages,” he ar­gued.

“Ev­ery par­cel of land in the con­stituency has a reg­is­tered ti­tle. This is a very sig­nif­i­cant as­set. The own­er­ship of most of the lands is vested in peo­ple who have died, even have mi­grated. The Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gen­eral of Ja­maica [and] the Kingston Restora­tion Com­pany hold many ti­tles for dwellings and premises in Cen­tral Kingston.”

Ac­cord­ing to Th­waites: “The se­cret to the de­vel­op­ment of the peo­ple and the up­lift­ment of the area is to use the ex­ist­ing as­sets, aged as they are, but to make the in­vest­ments of the past pay div­i­dends.”


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