Trelawny res­i­dents give coun­cil­lors fail­ing grade

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

RES­I­DENTS OF sev­eral mu­nic­i­pal di­vi­sions in Trelawny are giv­ing their coun­cil­lors neg­a­tive re­views ahead of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, which is set for Novem­ber 28.

Per­sons with whom West­ern Fo­cus spoke across the parish were quite vo­cal about their dis­ap­point­ment in the per­for­mance, or lack thereof, of their political rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the Trelawny Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion, with the lack of a gen­eral pres­ence in the com­mu­nity be­ing one of the big­gest sore points for some in­di­vid­u­als.

“Mi nuh know the coun­cil­lor. Mi nuh hear no­body say they see him, and mi nuh see them (rep­re­sen­ta­tives) do noth­ing at all,” said Bev­erly Reid, a busi­ness op­er­a­tor in the Wake­field com­mu­nity, whose coun­cil­lor is Jonathan Bart­ley.

Joy Cooper, a craft mar­ket ven­dor and res­i­dent of parish cap­i­tal Falmouth, had even sharper words to de­scribe her coun­cil­lor, Garth Wilkin­son, who is also chair­man of the Trelawny Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion and the mayor of Falmouth.

“You see Garth, he is of no use to us or for us. Garth only drives past here ... I do not even talk to him, he does not come and ad­dress us like he is for us,” Cooper com­plained. “He put us here, and is telling us to go out the road and put up our tents...we are feel­ing the pangs of hell out here.”

Mean­while, Pru­dence Eu­nis, a res­i­dent of Samuels Prospect in the Dun­cans di­vi­sion, raked her coun­cil­lor Dono­van White over the coals for fail­ing to pro­vide wa­ter to her com­mu­nity.

“When I am out of wa­ter, I have to buy wa­ter from the parish coun­cil. We have not had wa­ter for the long­est while...there is noth­ing wrong with the wa­ter sup­ply, it is just pol­i­tics,” said Eu­nis. “We do not

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