For 30-odd years, politi­cians have done noth­ing – Gor­don Town res­i­dent

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - André Wil­liams Gleaner Writer an­dre.wil­liams@glean­erjm.com

SEEK­ING TO over­turn more than 30 years of “noth­ing”, one voter from the Gor­don Town di­vi­sion in East Ru­ral St An­drew, though ad­mit­ting he could not in­flu­ence oth­ers, chose to ex­er­cise his right and vote dur­ing Mon­day’s parish coun­cil elec­tions. Dr Hansel Beck­ford told The Gleaner that too of­ten he and oth­ers from his com­mu­nity had to pool re­sources to get things done, be­cause those elected have ne­glected their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Ac­cord­ing to Beck­ford, the Gor­don Town area lacks de­vel­op­ment and he hopes whomever was elected would fi­nally de­liver to the ben­e­fit of its cit­i­zens. At the end of the the count on Mon­day, the Ja­maica Labour Party’s Neville Whit­taker won the di­vi­sion with 1,338 votes to 600 for Bar­ring­ton Walsh of the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Party.

When The Gleaner asked Beck­ford what he would like to see hap­pen in his com­mu­nity, he said: “Phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture. I live right up there and for 30-odd years they have not done any­thing.”

Beck­ford told The Gleaner that the roads in the com­mu­nity re­quired resur­fac­ing and that wa­ter run­ning through­out the hilly sec­tions on to the road­ways needed to be chan­neled prop­erly.

Ac­cord­ing to Beck­ford, res­i­dents them­selves have come to­gether over the years to get things done.

De­plorable road con­di­tions and non-func­tion­ing street lights were among the top con­cerns of some res­i­dents who chose not to vote Mon­day.

When our news team ven­tured through­out Gor­don Town, the vot­ing process there was dis­mal, with elec­tion day work­ers sit­ting and wait­ing for the next elec­tor to turn up.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Dr Hansel Beck­ford speaks with The Gleaner mo­ments af­ter vot­ing at the Gor­don Town Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in St An­drew dur­ing the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions on Mon­day.

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