Letters to the Editor

Did MP Cuthbert-Flynn misspeak?

Monday, February 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

In the wake of the peaceful street protest by residents of Golden Spring in St Andrew West Rural recently, Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn again promised residents of the community, via television, that as soon as she completes work on the main road network within the constituency she would then be in a position to repair community/parish council roads.

By implication, the obvious understanding by our residents is that the main roads in her constituency have the priority on the road funds allocation. Thereafter, the allocations will exclusively go towards rehabilitation of parish council roads.

However, as far back as my memory will allow, funding for parish council roads versus main roads has always been both sourced and kept absolutely separate.

In fact, the very first question which gets asked by the authorities when there is a road complaint is: Tell whether it is a parish council road or main road.

Is it that Cuthbert-Flynn has now identified some overlap or policy shift to affect the distinct funding approaches and designation of Jamaican roads? If so, it is time to notify the municipal corporations and the public at large instantly.

I beseech Cuthbert-Flynn to immediately clarify the matter in the interest of preventing misunderstanding among community people, as there is grave disquiet.

Derrick D Simon

St Andrew

derrickdsimon@yahoo.com

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