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Take parliament building elsewhere

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It's quite odd that residents of Allman Town and other communities seem to have little knowledge of the proposed development of a parliament building and the transformation of National Heroes Circle as a site of cultural heritage where citizens will be imbued with a sense of civic pride. But since several questions remain unanswered they should be addressed through dialogue with the community.

One of the most significant aspects of the project, the revamping of the fence, has been ongoing for about four years — back when I was a student at Wolmer's Boys' School. I remember the dust nuisance that was created. It remains there to this day and has been a contributing factor to respiratory problems experienced by some at the school.

National Heroes Park was bestowed to the people of Kingston more than 200 years ago to be used as a “public garden, pleasure park, and recreation area”. Green spaces are needed within Kingston. The average temperatures between the months of May and August in Kingston have been 31C to 33C. What's more, when students are out of school they need active spaces for recreation.

Although there are promises to establish the active green spaces within the park, erecting a parliament building would be a disruption of this. What will happen when Parliament is in session, will children be able to roam freely throughout the park and play? Even if they are confined to a specific area, will there be concerns about them disrupting the sessions inside the buildings?

Finally, the cost to bulldoze existing structures, shift operations to interim facilities, construct new buildings, and relocate residents who have been there for years is completely unnecessary. There are spaces available in downtown Kingston which the Urban Development Corporation has been working extensively to reinvigorate; why not use them?

MX Williams


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