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'Totally unacceptable' - McKenzie incensed by sight of dumping ground in Hanover

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The discovery of a huge dumping ground at a section of the Lucea coastline in Johnson Town proved to be a big irritant for Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie as the five-day parish Zika clean-up efforts got under way on Saturday morning.

McKenzie and Lucea Mayor Wynter McIntosh had just begun the activities, along with ministry officials and workers from the National Solid Waste Management Authority, municipal police personnel, the Social Development Commission, and the Hanover Health Department, shortly after 8:30 a.m., when they stumbled upon the dump site on the shoreline at the back of a garage.

"So far, I am not too happy with the first couple hours here in Hanover. This has something to do with how the Hanover Parish Council deals with enforcement," McKenzie said.

"What we are seeing here goes to the heart of indiscipline in Jamaica, and it is sad. This is a main road on the coast, and if you look at what is taking place here, it is a shame - totally unacceptable."

McIntosh said he, too, was horrified at the mounds of garbage at the site, which consisted mainly of old, rotting motor vehicle parts, lunch boxes and plastics, which were primary breeding grounds for mosquitoes, rats, and other pests.

"I think part of the challenge we have been having is that there is not enough enforcement as it relates to solid waste management on the part of the Hanover Parish Council," he said.

"As mayor of this town, I am going to make sure enforcement is done. The municipal police officers, I will meet with them come Monday morning and we will chart a new way forward. They have the power to prosecute."