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Mandeville facing overpopulation - mayor

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Mayor of Mandeville Donovan Mitchell.

Mandeville, the capital of Manchester, could face serious overpopulation and infrastructural problems if the areas on its outskirts are not properly developed to accommodate settlement, according to Mayor Donovan Mitchell.

Speaking with The Gleaner during a Municipal Forum in Mandeville recently, Mitchell stressed that the expansion of settlements on the outskirts of the town would create more opportunities for the business community.

"If you realise, on Manchester Road, they are putting up new buildings. The problem is that the town centre just cannot hold anymore buildings, and so we now have to look at the outskirts of Mandeville, develop the outskirts, so that the business community can spread," Mitchell said.

He said the municipal corporation will explore lands in the Spur Tree for development.

"We are hoping that in the near future, we shall have some discussion with the minister of justice to look at lands in the Spur Tree area for massive development we had planned some years ago. If we don't develop the outskirts of the town, we will have a serious problem in the town."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com