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Zinc fences removed to brighten Greenwich Town

BY TASHAUNA TAYLOR Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, January 17, 2014    

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RESIDENTS of Greenwich Town in St Andrew are overjoyed at the new facelift being given to their community.

The community, which is located in Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's South West St Andrew constituency, has been made brighter by the new fencing being placed at the southern perimeter of the community. The project saw the removal of zinc fences, which enclosed the homes of residents, and the erection of pvc fencing coated in white paint.

Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division Karl Blake said the project was made possible through funding provided by Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and is expected to continue into neighbouring communities.

He told the Jamaica Observer that the project is not just aimed at beautifying the division, but also to help residents realise that there is more to life than what has surrounded them all their lives.

"We want to give them a sense of pride and upliftment, allowing them to see the bigger picture, and to realise that they are a part of a larger society," Blake said.

Greenwich Town resident Craig Weller welcomes the new look.

"It's a good thing man, we appreciate it a whole lot," he said.

In addition to the fencing project being carried out in Greenwich Town, Councillor Blake said the residents will also be provided with new housing very soon. He said the plan to transform housing in the community has already started with the establishment of about three dwellings and is expected to continue throughout the rest of the division.

Blake told the Observer that the housing project will be carried out in collaboration with Food For The Poor and the Constituency Development Fund.

"Persons who live alone will receive one bedroom dwellings, while people with larger families with get three-bedroom housing," he said.

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