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Proposed cholera cemetery development to be discussed at town hall meeting Tuesday

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:47 PM
Health Minister Dr Chris Tufton along with key Government officials and his technical team will attend the town hall meeting.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is to host a town hall meeting tomorrow amid lingering concerns about plans to develop the old Cholera Cemetery lands in St Andrew.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 o’clock in the evening at the Mayfair Hotel on West Kings House Road.

The Health Ministry says Tufton along with key Government officials and his technical team will attend the meeting.

The cemetery, located at the intersection of Waterloo and West Kings House roads, is where victims of an 1860 cholera outbreak were buried.

Concerns have been raised that developing the land could pose health risks.

However, Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie says the Health Ministry issued clear written advice as late as last year, indicating that there is no such risk.

He says the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) sought and received formal advice from the National Environment and Planning Agency and the Ministry of Health before approving the project.

McKenzie also said he’s satisfied with the decision of the Kingston KSAC to approve a private development on the lands.