Sun | Jan 21, 2018

Garage nuisance on Cortina Close

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

This is an open letter to the acting police commissioner and the mayor of Kingston and St Andrew.

Cortina Close has barely eight lots, yet this diminutive road, because of a garage of dubious repute, harbours car thieves and criminals. It is all but impossible to traverse the road, as it is perpetually blocked off because of streetside parking.

This garage was closed many years ago by the police, but reopened shortly thereafter, as there was no observation or monitoring of its activities.

It is an all-too-common occurrence to find men asleep in vehicles parked at gateways and on sidewalks in the morning having slumbered in them throughout the night. The malodorous stench of urine hangs always in the air since a streetside auto shop provides no bathroom facilities. The men retreat to the nearest wall or cornerstone and relieve themselves in a manner similar to stray dogs.

Recently, raucous late-night gambling and karaoke have been added to the litany of headaches that one must endure, with tables and old cars lining the road. The cacophony generated by both runs from sunset into the wee hours of the morning when one is trying to acquire sleep.

I've had to contend with threats of violence and murder when I dare stand up for my rights by an endless swarm of vagabonds that frequent the garage. I have reported this matter several times before and can imagine how inundated the offices of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation must be, attending to other such nuisances throughout the city, but I can't help but feel that my most earnest pleas for help are falling on deaf ears.