Residents need better living conditions
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.”