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Hanover Western MP urges PM Holness to

Observer West writer

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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INDUSTRY COVE, Hanover — Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness to address the deplorable road conditions in the Orange Bay Housing Scheme in the constituency.

“I am making a special request that the Orange Bay Housing Scheme be looked at, because the roads there are terrible,” Hayles stressed.

“The residents there who are NHT (National Housing Trust) beneficiaries, have played a role in the development of this country over the years, and they need to have good roads to their homes,” he said.

Hayles was addressing a National Housing Trust ground breaking ceremony in Hanover recently, for the construction of some 63 housing units at Industry Cove in the parish.

Robin Pearce, a resident of Phase One in the Orange Bay Housing Scheme, which was constructed in the 1970s, supported Hayles' claim.

He told the Jamaica Observer West that the roads, particularly in Phase One, are in a terrible condition.

“The roads are awful. They are bad. When the rain falls, you can hardly come out. It is terrible. This road has not been fixed for over 20 years now,” Pearce emphasised.

“It is so bad that there is no asphalt on the road. It is mostly potholes, and they are filled with water.”

Pearce said despite representations, nothing has been done to alleviate the poor road conditions.

“We made representations to (National) Housing Trust, but they say it is not their responsibility, it is the UDC (Urban Development Corporation), we went to UDC, it was the same. We went to the parish council (Hanover Municipal Corporation), they said we would have to get a letter from the UDC,” said Pearce.

Holness acknowledged that a number of housing schemes built up to 35 years ago are currently in a deplorable state. However, he pointed out that despite all the tight fiscal constraints and making sure that the NHT is strong, provisions are made to address the matter.

Just over a year ago Holness announced the implementation of an infrastructure upgrading programme for older housing schemes across Jamaica.

The project entails the upgrading of water and central sewage systems, roads, and community/common areas.

At that time, the prime minister stated that some $4 billion were to be spent on the first 28 schemes that were selected under the initiative.

The Orchard Housing Scheme in Hopewell and Orange Bay Housing Scheme, both in Hanover, were among those selected.

Work is yet to start at both housing developments.

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