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'We have the same mandate,' Port Antonio mayor tells councillors

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMGareth Davis Sr
Mayor of Port Antonio Paul Thompson takes a close look at a blocked drain along Foreshore Road in Port Antonio, Portland during a walkthrough of the town in late December.

Declaring that the honeymoon was over with the passing of the festive season, newly installed mayor of Port Antonio, Paul Thompson, said the perennial problems of untimely garbage collection, road repairs, malfunctioning street lights and improper drain cleaning will be high on the agenda of the municipal corporation this year.

Thompson, who was installed as mayor on December 9, following the Jamaica Labour Party's victory at the polls, called for unity and transparency among councillors, noting that they all had the same mandate of serving the people irrespective of their political allegiance.




At Thursday's sitting of the Portland Municipal Corporation, former mayor Wayne McKenzie highlighted the need for the corporation to press for immediate repairs to be carried out on the Caneside River Bridge at East Palm Avenue, which was ordered closed to vehicular traffic and pedestrians by the National Works Agency (NWA) nearly two years ago.

According to McKenzie, who is councillor for the Prospect division, frustration is mounting among residents, business operators and motorists in the area as they now have to take a detour to get to their destinations.

"It is a great inconvenience for just about everyone," said McKenzie.

His request was accepted by Thompson, who pledged to continue lobbying the NWA to address the matter.