Danger looms in Washington Blvd dark­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

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 shar­ben­nettx5@gmail.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 oneil.hall@hot­mail.com

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