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People's Report: Save Kingston 6 from hodgepodge construction

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

This is an open letter to Kingston Mayor Angela Brown-Burke.

Over the past 10 years or more, numerous residential developments have caused gross and egregious inconvenience to residents of my constituency. The residents are bombarded with heavy-duty equipment, unwholesome noise levels, and damaged and eroded residential roads.

Let me state very clearly that I strongly favour development, especially attractive developments that preserve and/or improve the character of the neighbourhood. However, the concerns and complaints of the residents cannot be ignored.

I bring to your attention three areas in which apartment developments in Kingston 6 have damaged the residential roads and caused unspeakable dislocation and nuisance to residents:

1. Washington Drive, Drumblair;

2. Dillsbury Avenue, off Millsborough Avenue;

3. Halifax Avenue, off East Kings House Road; and there are others.

I strongly urge that the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), which you chair, properly supervise the developments to ensure that:

(a) Heavy-duty construction is only performed during normal working hours;

(b) The roads are maintained during construction;

(c) Dust and noise nuisance is avoided;

(d) The adjoining roads to the developments are returned to a satisfactory condition and a National Works Agency certification obtained before certificates of title are issued.

These conditions, inter alia, should be normal obligations of developers. Yet, if the roads such as Dillsbury Avenue, Washington Drive, Halifax Avenue and many others are examined, developers damage them, make their profits, and move on. Surely, the KSAC is failing in its duty to impose and supervise these basic conditions on developers.


DELROY CHUCK

MP, North East St Andrew