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Another missed deadline for Heroes Park perimeter fence project

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The unfinished work at National Heroes Park taken on December 21, 2016.

Another deadline has been missed for the completion of the perimeter fencing at the National Heroes Park and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which has oversight responsibility for the project, appears to be struggling to find answers for the delay.

The Gleaner submitted questions to the UDC on December 1, last year, querying why the project was not complete and the implications for the extension. However, up to late yesterday, the agency could not provide a response to five questions.

Questions were posed on when the perimeter fence was scheduled for completion and why had the project missed two deadlines.

With at least $151 million earmarked for the project, The Gleaner wanted to know if there were cost overruns owing to the extension.

In an earlier article, The Gleaner was informed that the project had been plagued by thieves, and as such, a query was made about the extent of the losses to date.

When The Gleaner visited the site last week, some men were seen working on a section of the fence in the vicinity of the education ministry.

A change in the scope of work had resulted in an extension of the project from August to the end of September 2016.

Black Brothers Incorporated Limited was awarded the contract to erect the fence.

The perimeter fence is being constructed under the National Heroes Park Redevelopment Project and represents a portion of a phased programme aimed at upgrading the entire park.

The perimeter fencing is expected to improve the appearance and security of the park.