Protest over roads surprises MP

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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ST Mary Western Member of Parliament Robert Montague says he is surprised that residents of Gayle staged a protest last Friday to complain about bad roads, although he had earlier had dialogue with them and was at his constituency office until 8:00 pm.

“During my time there I visited the Gayle transport operators and they voiced many personal concerns, but at no time did anyone complain about the road conditions,” Montague said in a release yesterday.

“While I must acknowledge that some of the roads are in poor condition, action is being taken to address the issue,” said the MP, who is also the minister of transport and mining.

He said the Rio Nuevo to Gayle road has been overlaid with asphaltic concrete, patching started last December on the Gayle to Guys Hill road and also on the Gayle to Cascade road and the Dressike to Hunts Town road.

At the same time, he said the contract has been signed and we await the go-ahead from the National Contracts Commission [for repairs to] the Gayle to Dressike road”.

Contract has also been signed and equipment to lift the Roachdale bridge is being imported. In addition, Montague said the historic arch in Gayle has been removed for repairs.

“... The end of the financial year is approaching and as such most Government work will be slowed down or stopped while we await the passing of a new budget. I am asking for your patience and understanding during this time.

“It is clear that I am and always have been accessible to address the concerns of the people. That being said, I support any group's right to demonstrate, however, I implore you not to impede others while doing so,” said Montague.

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