Lucea mayor warns against roadworks not authorised by Hanover Municipal Corporation

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Thursday, April 04, 2019

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LUCEA, Hanover — Mayor of Lucea Sheridan Samuels has warned that the Hanover Municipal Corporation will not sit idly and allow other agencies to undertake repairs, or other forms of work on roads that falls under the corporation's purview, without its knowledge.

Parochial or Municipal Corporation roads are usually built by developers of subdivision and transferred to the corporation, or built by, or for a corporation by other road authorities.

The maintenance of such infrastructure falls under the responsibility of the municipal corporation.

Mayor Samuels told the recent monthly general meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation that he has seen a trend developing in the parish, where work is being done on a number of roads without the knowledge of the corporation.

“My concern as chairman is the fact that I have seen some things happening now within the parish in terms of our road, the parochial roads that we are responsible for. Somehow, work has been done on them, some roads in the Sandy Bay division (Hanover Eastern) is now being rehabilitated by the National Works Agency, and we at the municipal corporation are not aware of it. We are not aware of it. CEO (David Gardner) you have received no document….. it means that we are not aware of it, and we are not going to allow these things to happen to us,” Mayor Samuels argued.

The mayor, who made it clear that the corporation will not sit by and allow such overarching disregard to take place, noted that in December he had to put a stop to work that was undertaken in his division by Member of parliament for Hanover Western, Ian Hayles.

“I actually had a similar incident in Christmas where I understand that the member of parliament was up in my area….. parochial road, giving out work, and I stopped it. We are not going to allow this to happen. The roads that are being done in Sandy Bay without the permission of the municipal corporation, and I am speaking of the parochial roads, should not happen. Even if you don't need approval from us (corporation), we should be informed about it,” Mayor Samuels argued.

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