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PNP councillor thanks local gov't minister for prompt response to street light request

Thursday, January 24, 2019

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GREEN ISLAND, Hanover — People's National Party (PNP) councillor for the Green Island Division in Hanover, Marvell Sewell, is commending Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie for his “swift approval” of 10 street lights for the unlit Orange Bay to Negril main road in his division.

“I really would like to express my sincere gratitude to Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie for approving the installation of the street lights. I wrote to the minister in November and he responded positively in early December,” a seemingly grateful Sewell told the Jamaica Observer West.

According to the first-term councillor, motorists traversing the usually busy road “will be mostly grateful for the lights” as the unlit corridor has been a source of concern to them for many years.

“Many complaints have been made, especially by taxi operators and tour operators, about the absence of street lamps along that roadway,” said Sewell.

He disclosed that 90 per cent of the road fatalities in the Green Island Division have occurred on that road due to poor visibility at nights.

“When I spoke with the residents who use that thoroughfare, they said this is something (street lights) that they really need. The taxi drivers, the tour operators, the hotel workers who use that thoroughfare... they are so happy about this, and so am I. This was one of the things I said I really wanted to get done in my first year as a councillor, and honestly, I'm seeing the light in this tunnel,” Sewell argued.

“If you got a flat tyre there or a breakdown, nobody will stop on that stretch to give you any form of assistance. You stop in that dark spot, you are on your own. But I know if you have a breakdown when the lights are installed, somebody will stop to give a helping hand,” he said.

Tour bus operator Carlton Samuels, who frequently uses the corridor, is among motorists who have expressed delight at the planned installation of the lights.

“That stretch of roadway from Orange Bay into Negril has a lot of corners and no lights and that makes it challenging for drivers. On several occasions vehicles run off the road because of the darkness of the road, because the drivers of the vehicles can't see ahead before they reach to a corner. So, with 10 street lights coming there, it is highly appreciated,” Samuels said.

Sewell said he expects the street lamps to be installed by the Jamaica Public Service Company in the coming weeks.

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