MP touts progress in his constituency
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.