MP touts progress in his con­stituency

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Peter Bunting CON­STITUENCY: Manchester Cen­tral

PETER BUNTING, the Manchester Cen­tral mem­ber of par­lia­ment (MP), touted the ‘progress’ made in his con­stituency, us­ing an in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment plan he said be­came nec­es­sary to help the parish that was af­fected by the fall­out from baux­ite/alu­mina de­cline in the mid-2000s.

Bunting has been rep­re­sent­ing the con­stituency in the Par­lia­ment since 2007, just a year be­fore the global economic re­ces­sion.

“The 2015-16 year was very suc­cess­ful for Cen­tral Manchester, with more than 1,300 new jobs cre­ated, sub­stan­tial im­prove­ments made to the ed­u­ca­tional in­fra­struc­ture, and many roads newly paved or re­ha­bil­i­tated,” he told the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The jobs, he said, came from in­vest­ments in the Busi­ness Process Out­sourc­ing Sec­tor (BPO) sec­tor in the parish, mainly from Suther­land Global Ser­vices.

On ed­u­ca­tion, high­lighted nine ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions which he said were worked on to im­prove the ac­cess to class­room space in the con­stituency.

“Over­all, we have added some 2,000 qual­ity high-school places, re­duced over­crowd­ing and re­moved many stu­dents from the shift sys­tem in Cen­tral Manchester,” he pointed out.

Health care, roads and sports also got at­ten­tion. Belle­field, Knock­patrick, Royal Flat, and Man­dev­ille, he said, were among the ar­eas that got roads re­ha­bil­i­tated.

Like other MPs be­fore him, Bunting ap­pealed to the au­thor­i­ties for more help with wa­ter and road in­fra­struc­ture. He also ex­pressed con­cerns about crime and the expansion of the il­licit lot­tery scam­ming from the west­ern sec­tions of the is­land.

“While the jobs cre­ated by the BPO in­dus­try may be a con­trib­u­tor to the crime re­duc­tion we are see­ing in the parish, scam­mers fol­low this in­dus­try like ants fol­low fat! So we need to be ex­tra vig­i­lant,” the for­mer national se­cu­rity min­is­ter warned.

The Manchester po­lice have re­ported a gen­eral de­cline in crime and violence.

VIC­TOR WRIGHT

PETER BUNTING

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