ST James, Jamaica — The St James Municipal Corporation is moving to restore law and order following the dumping of construction materials and excavated waste on roadways across the parish.
The Corporation’s Road and Works Department, with the support of the St James Fire Department, on Saturday, June 3, cleared several truckloads of excavated construction debris as well as construction material from a section of Patterson Avenue in the Ironshore community.
Thanks to the Fire Department, the impacted section of the roadway was immediately washed, once the debris and materials were removed. The construction material and excavated waste were left on the road by unknown persons, who are said to be associated with a lot along that section of the road, and were removed under the Parochial Road Act
The St James Municipal Corporation said it will be pursuing cost recovery in respect to the funds used in the removal exercise, which could also include a caveat being taken out on the property.
The Corporation said it has also gleaned information that over six hundred thousand dollars in property tax is owed on the property and that every legally available channel will be pursued to collect the outstanding sum.
In the meantime, the St James Municipal Corporation is advising citizens doing construction to refrain from dumping materials and or excavated waste on the roadway as this is a breach of the Anti-Litter Act, which also creates road safety issues for both motorists and pedestrians traversing the area.
In addition, persons who are doing or are interested in doing construction are being encouraged to make contact with the Planning and Roads and Works Departments at the St James Municipal Corporation to obtain the necessary guidance, as failure to do so can result in drastic actions being taken against the developer.