St Ann councillors again raise street light matter at monthly meeting

Monday, February 19, 2018

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Councillors of the St Ann Municipal Corporation are again expressing concerns about the shortage of street lights in their respective divisions.

During the January sitting of the general meeting of the corporation, the lack of street lights was one of the issues discussed by councillors.

It was again brought up at the February monthly meeting as councillors said the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has still not addressed their concerns.

“It is bad in the parish of St Ann; we are actually in darkness. We are appealing to JPS to come to the rescue of the people,” councillor for the Beecher Town division, Ian Bell, stated.

He pointed out that of the 18 street lights in the community of Epworth, none were working. He said citizens are fearful.

Councillor for the Lime Hall division, Genevor Gordon Bailey also stated that people in her division, particularly the Steer Town area, were concerned about the lack of street lights in their community.

“Citizens in some areas say if they have street lights they would feel much safer,” Gordon Bailey said.

The councillors were also concerned that lights which were recently installed in some communities have stopped working, and that they were told the material to fix the lights was not available in the parish.

The councillors asked that renewed efforts be made to get JPS to attend a monthly meeting to address concerns of councillors.

According to them, a special meeting was organised with several agencies, however, only the National Works Agency showed up last month.

“I am really distressed, and people who think you should be making representation think you are not doing it,” councillor for the Calderwood division, Paul McFarlane, said.

Councillor for the Claremont Division, Lambert Weir asked that JPS be summoned to a meeting. However, Councillor Bell pointed out that they are scheduled to meet with the parish council every last Thursday of each month, but said that JPS has not been attending the meetings in recent times.

Bell suggested that a letter be sent to the CEO of JPS to have the issue resolved.

—Renae Dixon




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