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St Ann councillors concerned about the lack of street lights

BY: RENAE DIXON
Staff Reporter
dixonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 22, 2018

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SEVERAL councillors in the St Ann Municipal Corporation have expressed concerns about the lack of street lights across the parish.

At the January general sitting of the municipal corporation, Councillor for the Beecher Town division Ian Bell raised concerns that his division continues to languish in darkness as no street lights were fixed there over the Christmas season.

“There is not one working street light in Epworth as we speak,” Bell stated in the meeting.

Bell said he thought the recent Christmas season would have seen the long-standing concerns of residents addressed; however, this has not happened.

The People's National Party councillor said it is customary for the Jamaica Public Service to fix non-working street lights during the Christmas season. however, he said there were no working lights to suggest this was done.

Councillor for the St Ann's Bay division Dallas Dickenson said the lack of street lights is a very serious issue in his division.

Councillor for the Dry Harbour Division Carlton Ricketts also raised concerns about the lack of lighting in his division.

Ricketts was also concerned about the number of street lights removed by JPS last year. He said the company removed far more lights than has been replaced with LED bulbs.

“I don't understand why over 800 lights were taken down and only 61 we're allocated to councillors. I have a serious concern. Is it that the Ministry of Local Government was paying for all these lights that were not working?” Ricketts questioned.

The lights were reportedly removed in three divisions.

Councillor for the Bensonton division Lydia Richards was also concerned about the street lights in her division.

“We are paying for them, but they have not worked for many months,” she said.

While most councillors complained about the lack of street lights in their divisions, councillor for the Exchange division Ian Isaacs lamented the stealing of the recently installed LED lights in his division.

A very upset Bell said urgent contact should be made with JPS to address the issue which faces the parish.

The municipal corporation intends to invite JPS to a special meeting where it is hoping that the concerns of the councillors would are addressed.

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