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$260m to be spent on Zinc Fence Removal project

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 2:21 PM

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is to spend over $260 million on a Zinc Fence Removal project in 11 inner city communities in six parishes.

The first community to benefit is Barrett Town in St James which will see the removal of 492 metres of zinc fencing along several roadways.

JSIF says about $18 million will be spend of this phase of the project.

The agency says the project aims to improve the aesthetics and security of the targeted communities.

The others are Hannah Town, Denham Town, Rose Town, Greenwich Town, Maxfield Park in Kingston and St Andrew; Canaan Heights, and York Town in Clarendon; Steer Town in St Ann; Granville in St James, and Russia in Westmoreland.

JSIF says zinc fence poses a barrier to effective policing and therefore their removal will improve visibility for both residents and security officials.

The agency zinc fences often rust and pose a safety hazard to residents who may injure themselves, especially small children.