Letters to the Editor

Golden Spring roads need attention

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The following is an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness:

Kindly recall that a small delegation of residents from St Andrew West Rural (Stockfarm, Joyces, Faith Home, Valley View, Golden Spring) came to your offices in 2017, where you met with us regarding the road condition and assigned Norman Shand (city engineer) to investigate our complaint.

Shand and Councillor Tosha Schwapp attended our community meeting in 2018 and we were promised that road measurements would be done. This seems to have been an empty promise since this was never done.

We held two peaceful protests in 2018 — one in our community and the other in the precincts of the Office of the Prime Minister.

Our Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn responded to the demonstrations by telling us, in the first instance, that she has to concentrate on repairs to main roads, while in the second we were told something quite different that the delay in the matter had to do with a lack of funds.

We then proposed to Cuthbert-Flynn that the road be graded and filled in with acrylic clay soil, which was in abundance in our community. She has not responded to that proposal so we took the issue of the impassable roads to the Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, who advised us that her office wrote Cuthbert-Flynn in November 2018, but there has been no response.

In late December 2018 we wrote to Desmond McKenzie on the matter. On Friday, December 28, 2018 we spoke to his who advised us to write to you, Prime Minister.

We are requesting that you meet with us in the community after proposing a date which you find convenient so that we may identify land on which we may park our vehicles in the town square and walk to our homes to avert the impassible roads.

Derrick D Simon


Golden Spring Citizens Association

Kingston 8


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