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Belle Air residents protest for water

Tuesday, January 21, 2014    

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RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann — Residents of Belle Air, St Ann, were not deterred by the rains yesterday morning as they mounted roadblocks along sections of the main road — between Brown's Town and Runaway Bay — in protest over the lack of running water in their community.

The residents complained that they have to buy water as promises by the authorities to have the commodity flowing through their pipes are yet to be fulfilled.

The Belle Air community has reportedly been without running water since the housing development started almost 20 years ago.

The Jamaica Observer understands that a commitment was made to have infrastructure completed last year to give the residents access to potable water. However, according to one resident, the community was told that an area where pipes should be installed is now occupied by informal settlers and the process to have them removed has proven tedious.

"It's just promises," said the man, who did not wish to be identified.

The roadblocks disrupted the free flow of traffic in the area, leaving commuters stranded. They were eventually cleared by the police.

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