Danger looms in Washington Blvd darkness
THE EDITOR, Sir: This is an open letter to both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party.
I LIVE in a town house on Washington Boulevard in Kingston, very close to the Boulevard Baptist Church, and I have no idea who my councillor is.
I have been hearing advertisements recently that councillors are responsible for street lights. Well, whoever this person is, we need street lights on this stretch of road. Washington Boulevard is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Kingston, and driving on this road is extremely dangerous at nights, because motorists cannot see pedestrians when they are crossing. All you see are shadows.
The road has been in total darkness for years now, and neither the Jamaica Public Service Company nor any politician has intervened to help. Instead of fixing the street lights, recently they installed reflectors on the road.
Almost nightly, you can hear the screeching of tyres, then a crash, as accidents are the order of the day – or night. Recently, a bus was involved in an accident, and I understand that someone died from that accident.
Thieves are now enjoying the darkness, as they prey on the pedestrians. When JPS is called to report the matter, representatives are advising that we need to walk from post to post and record the light pole number and advise them.
The darkness stretches from Dunrobin Avenue to the Molynes Road intersection with Washington Boulevard, so I think that is very out of order for JPS to ask residents to do that.
Whoever is responsible, we need HELP. SHARON BENNETT email@example.com East Central extends to the Spanish Town Bypass across from De La Vega City.
In 2011, this constituency was created and communities were removed from the former St Catherine South Central (now St Catherine Eastern) and St Catherine Southern to form St Catherine East Central. For example, Gregory Park was part of the former St Catherine South Central, while Lakes Pen, Quarrie Hill, Grange Hill and Clifton were part of St Catherine Southern.
Communities of Africa settlement, March Pen Road, Corlett Road, which were part of the former St Catherine South Central (now St Catherine Eastern), form part of the new South Central St Catherine, along with Homestead, which was part of St Catherine Central.
Since the creation of the new constituencies in 2011, I knew boundary issues would arise. It is clear that the Electoral Office of Jamaica failed to do its work, and fall within the trap of gerrymandering of both the Jamaica Labour Party and the People’s National Party. Although Lakes Pen, Quarrie Hill, Grange Lane and Clifton are not part of Portmore, historically these communities are part of a majority Portmorebased constituency. Thus, based on the court ruling, not all communities within St Catherine East Central would be able to vote for the mayor of Portmore, yet their councillor sits within the Portmore Municipal Council.
I know the discussion is entirely based on Portmore, but Spanish Town is divided into five constituencies, which are generally safe seats for political parties. It is upon that premise that Spanish Town is largely neglected and historically has poor political representation because of the lack of competitive politics. Safe seats breed neglect. ONEIL HALL firstname.lastname@example.org