10 STINKING YEARS: the shame of North Street

Jamaica Gleaner - - PEOPLE'S REPORT -

THE CAM­PAIGN for power in the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions is in full swing, and even Fri­day po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists shame­lessly walked by pools of sewage in cen­tral Kingston in the hunt for votes.

North Street, in the vicin­ity of St Ge­orge’s Col­lege and not too far from Kingston Col­lege, has meta­mor­phosed into a cock­tail of sewage and chicken of­fal bub­bling from crum­bling man­holes and clogged pipes. Old re­frig­er­a­tors, wash­ing ma­chines and deep freezes – and just about ev­ery­thing else dis­carded from homes – have been placed in the mid­dle of the road, crude mark­ers for this foun­tain of filth.

To­day, The Gleaner chron­i­cles 10 stinking years on North Street, a key thor­ough­fare link­ing the western and east­ern sec­tions of the cap­i­tal, Kingston. Sewage has been flood­ing peo­ple’s yards and caus­ing a haz­ard for com­muters and busi­ness peo­ple.

The Kingston and St An­drew Cor­po­ra­tion, the Na­tional Wa­ter Com­mis­sion, and the Na­tional Works Agency have stood by and al­lowed the road to be eroded with stag­nant wa­ter. Lo­cal govern­ment at work?

This Novem­ber 11, 2016, photo in­di­cates that North Street will con­tinue to be a sewage-soaked wreck for many years to come.

Yuck! A sewage-swamped back­yard in Cen­tral Kingston, Novem­ber 8, 2006.

Sewage and burn­ing de­bris on North Street on Novem­ber 8, 2006.

Mo­torists en­gage in a fiery protest, block­ing North Street be­cause of a sewage catas­tro­phe, on 2006.

Nasty North Street on April 29, 2016.

A cop whizzes past a leak­ing man­hole on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2015.

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