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‘Nuff time wi think about demonstration’

Valley Road residents tired of empty promises to effect repairs to main street

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 13, 2016


RESIDENTS of Valley Road in Sligoville, St Catherine, say they have grown tired of years of empty promises that the main road to their community will be repaired.


They say their St Catherine North Central Member of Parliament (MP) Natalie Neita-Headley has sent workmen to assess the work on several occasions, but to date nothing has been done.


"It affect wi all sort of way; the road tan bad now. is like dem (Ms Headley) just a promise wi seh them ago fix it," resident Ronald Knibbs told the
Jamaica Observer during a visit to the community last Thursday.


The residents say there is urgent need for something to be done to the road, as it is in a deplorable condition.


"Nuff time wi think about demonstration," Knibbs said.


He explained that he has to take his motor vehicle to the mechanic every two weeks, as the road is like a riverbed. He also lamented the fact that pedestrians have been suffering as a result of the poor road conditions as well.


"You know how many shoes mi affi buy mi daughter because a di road? Suh yuh buy a shoes, it just rub off," Knibbs said.


The road, he said, has been in a deplorable state since the 1980s.


"The last time the road fix is in a Seaga (former Prime Minister Edward Seaga) time. Mi can tell you bout it in ah ‘85 ‘86, in a dem region deh. from den nothing," Knibbs said.


Knibbs, however, said that two years ago the residents took it upon themselves and made repairs to a section of the road. However, he said that the residents’s hands are tied in carrying out any further work because of a lack of funds and that the road is rather long.


Right now mi woulda love dem cone in and do weh dem can do because mi a spend a lot pon front end parts," Knibbs added.


Rufus Taylor, a resident of over 40 years, stressed that although he drives a 4x4 truck, his vehicle is deteriorating as a result of the poor road condition.


"My car can hardly drive on it. if mi a carry people, mi affi let them out…," he said.


He explained that he has brought the residents plight to the relevant authorities on several occasions but no one, not even the MP, has responded.


Lillian Taylor, who has been residing in the community for over 50 years, said some taxi operators have threatened to withdraw their services.


"We really need the road down here because you see when the taxi take us down here from market, from Spanish Town they don’t want to come down here because of the road. Dem a charge you $300 and $400 to come down here and dem seh dem ago stop come down here because them nuh have nuh road and it a mash up dem car," Taylor said.


She pointed out that the situation is made even worse whenever it rains.


When contacted, MP Neita-Headley told the Observer that she has a list of roads to be fixed and she would get to Valley Road in short order.