St Ann councillors urge JPS to address street light issue

Monday, October 15, 2018

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THE lack of street lights is a major issue which continues to plague a number of St Ann communities.

As a result, councillor for the Beecher Town division in the St Ann South Eastern constituency, Ian Bell, is calling for it to be addressed before the festive season.

Bell, who mentioned that over 70 per cent of street lights in his division are not working, has has been calling for street lights to be fixed in some areas for over a year.

He said 11 of the 13 street street lights are still out since he last spoke about it in the St Ann Municipal Corporation.

Last Thursday, during a sitting of the Corporation, councillors stressed that an urgent meeting needs to be had with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) because the lack of street lights is affecting the entire parish.

In the meantime, Mayor of St Ann's Bay Michael Belnavis said that he met with the JPS parish manager recently and spoke of the issues. However, councillors insisted that a general meeting be convened with the parish manager.

“We have been speaking about this matter vigorously for the past four to five months,” councillor for the St Ann's Bay division, Dallas Dickenson, said.

“Persons have been coming to me saying I am not representing them because when they call JPS, they are telling them to speak to their councillor,” said Paul McFarlane, councillor for the Calderwood Division.

In some divisions where new lights have been installed, several have stopped working, while some were stolen.

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