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KSAMC assisting in construction of ramp at Gordon House

Friday, October 11, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kingston Mayor, Senator Delroy Williams says the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will assist with the construction of a ramp at Gordon House.

The ramp, which was a recommendation following a recent audit in relation to the accessibility of the Parliament building, is expected to improve access for members of the disabled community.

“The recommendations were divided into (three) stages…Under stage one, it looked at the entrance point to the Gordon House building in terms of the construction of a ramp from a particular location to the House. That is something that the Municipality is committed to looking at to see if we can undertake that particular work,” Williams said during today's sitting of the Senate.

Williams was making his contribution to a Private Member's Motion during today's sitting of the Senate, regarding access to Gordon House and the future Parliament building for persons with disabilities.

The Senator, pointing to the new Parliament building which is to be constructed at National Heroes Park, noted that it does not stop the Government from making alterations to the present structure to give access to visitors, staff and members of the disabled community.

Referencing Section 14 of the new Building Act, Williams said the Municipality has a responsibility to ensure that accessibility is included in the design for new structures.

“We ought not to approve any structure without the necessary accessibility to members of the disabled community. We are very vigilant on that,” he said.


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