Des­per­ate need to re­place age­ing in­fra­struc­ture

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: An­thony Hyl­ton CON­STITUENCY: St An­drew West­ern SEWAGE LEAKS, poor roads and gul­lies need­ing main­te­nance are is­sues An­thony Hyl­ton, St An­drew West­ern mem­ber of par­lia­ment (MP), has said needed to be ad­dressed in his con­stituency.

Mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to the Con­stituency De­bate in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives last week, the MP said the com­mu­nity, built in the 1960s, is suf­fer­ing from an age­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“The ci­ti­zens in the Duhaney Park di­vi­sion have, for some sev­eral years be­fore my in­cum­bency, been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing rot­ting wa­ter sewer lines which break on a too fre­quent ba­sis, and is in des­per­ate need of re­place­ment, and not re­pairs,” he said.

The is­sue has re­port­edly been af­fect­ing other com­mu­ni­ties such as New Haven, Cal­laloo Mews, Seav­iew Gar­dens phases I and II, and River­ton Mead­ows.

Hyl­ton, who is in his ninth con­sec­u­tive year as MP, said he has had dis­cus­sions with the Na­tional Wa­ter Com­mis­sion to have a project tar­get­ing leaks to come to his con­stituency.

Mean­while, he noted that Seav­iew Gar­dens con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit from a project aimed at re­plac­ing up­grad­ing sewage sys­tems in the area.

“The project, once com­pleted, is de­signed to stop the un­healthy sit­u­a­tion of raw sewage leak­ing in many parts of these com­mu­ni­ties and pos­ing a con­stant health threat, es­pe­cially to our chil­dren and the el­derly,” he said.

On a pos­i­tive note, Hyl­ton told the House that he was grate­ful that the Govern­ment is con­tin­u­ing with the devel­op­ment of the Seav­iew Gar­dens Work­force Col­lege that is ex­pected to help train the labour force in the con­stituency for the emerg­ing lo­gis­tics in­dus­try.

Sev­eral pri­vate com­pa­nies in the area have part­nered with the con­stituency for the project.

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