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Committed to Port Royal revival

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Your editorial of Tuesday, January 9, 2018 rightly bemoaned the delay in the development of Port Royal into the first-class heritage tourism attraction it has the potential to be.

Few people are more committed to the development of Port Royal or the immediate and permanent improvement in its physical environment than I am.

During my tenure since 1997, I have devoted hundreds of thousands of dollars of constituency development funding to upgrading of the physical infrastructure of the town of Port Royal, including road repairs, provision of water, construction of sidewalks, cleaning of drains, building of bathroom facilities, and maintenance of verges and park.

Some years ago, I made representation and received the support of the National Housing Trust to provide a major facelift for Port Royal, including the painting of buildings in the town. Among the many infrastructure projects have spearheaded was the construction of a post office. I also lobbied stakeholders and saw to the refurbishing of the Port Royal Police Station, as well as a full upgrade of the Old Naval Hospital.

I can state categorically that the majority of the citizens of Port Royal are motivated and committed to keeping their community clean. They practise proper sanitation and solid waste disposal. However, they have not always received the support of the state agencies which have the statutory responsibility, mandate and resources (including the taxes paid by the residents of Port Royal) necessary to achieve this. Especially in recent times, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, for example, has been less than efficient and far from effective in collecting garbage.

The truth is that Port Royal's residents, including the Brotherhood of Port Royal, have been hard-pressed for personal and communal funds to carry out renovations to their properties, but they do make valiant efforts.

PHILLIP PAULWELL

MP, East Kingston and Port Royal