WATCH: Darliston residents, taxi operators protest bad road conditions
Residents of Darliston, Westmoreland on Monday cut down trees and blocked the roadway leading to the area to protest over deplorable road conditions. (Photo: Kimberley Peddie)

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Angry residents and taxi operators of Darliston, Westmoreland have blocked the roadway leading to the area to protest over deplorable road conditions.

The road is now impassable to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Several schools had to be closed due to the demonstration.

The residents are demanding that the relevant authorities intervene and fix the road.

“Wi want road. Two parties and a di same song dem a sing. Dem a play, dem just tek people fi fool,” Obrian Reid, an irate resident told OBSERVER ONLINE.

He stated that residents have been promised better roads for years, but those promises have not come to fruition.

“Years now dem promise wi road, wi all drop and bruk we foot dem,” Reid said.

Another resident, Alex Smith told OBSERVER ONLINE that he too is displeased with the condition of the road.

“Fi di past three to four months mi spend more than $180,000 on back-end and front-end parts,” Smith said.

He added: “Wi need road, wi nuh need patches.”

“Wi a block the road again a morning if wi nuh hear wah gwaan, and wi need positive talks,” shouted another resident who goes by the name ‘Superman’.

Meanwhile, Abigail Malcolm, the People’s National Party caretaker for the Cornwall Mountain division, told OBSERVER ONLINE that the people are long overdue for a new road.

“We need the relevant authorities to come in and do the proper job,” Malcolm appealed.

“It’s best for us to give them a proper road right now,” she said.

KIMBERLEY PEDDIE , Observer Online writer

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