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Still waiting on that Pear Tree River Bridge

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Let me use this opportunity to welcome news, again, that a new bridge is to be constructed to replace the broken-down and dangerous Harbour Head Bridge in Pear Tree River. I think residents can, again, breathe a sigh of relief and not have that fear anymore when traversing the bridge.

We, however, take this news with scepticism, again, for fear that this could just be another trick on us residents of St Thomas. For so many years, we have been promised this and that from politicians and as far as I can remember, this is not the first that residents have been promised a new bridge in Pear Tree River.

The member of parliament, Dr Ferguson, in a newspaper article in 2014, stated that after discussions with the Ministry of Transport and Works, the bridge would have been included in 2014-15 Budget. There was a big blue and white sign at the entrance of the community from as far back as 2010 which said that there would have been a new bridge under the JDIP programme. Some years before 2010, there was an announcement that some millions had been allocated to the construction of a new bridge. When will these pronouncements upon pronouncements stop and when will we see actual work being done?

I am particularly pleased with the MP Caretaker, Delano Seiveright, for the work he has been doing so far and the lobbying that he has done for the infrastructure in the constituency. Never before has Eastern St Thomas, got this much attention and positive lobbying. You can see and hear from his statements that he is well researched into the history of the parish and the constituency, hence when he speaks, he speaks facts and data which are irrefutable. I think that this is very refreshing, especially from a young person. He brings a new focus and vision to the parish and the constituency that we have not seen in a long time and I do hope that he wins.

ROSHELLE MURRAY

St Thomas

Jamaica WI