Mayor outlines beautification plan for Montego Bay
The St James Parish Council is set to undertake a multimillion dollar beautification and upgrade of sidewalks and verges in the city of Montego Bay, at a cost of $6 million.
Montego Bay's mayor, Glendon Harris, told The Gleaner that the beautification aspect of the programme started earlier this week at the Fairfield and Barnett Street intersection and extended to the Granville road turn-off.
"We are seeking to improve the overall aesthetic beauty of the city," said Harris. "The Elegant Corridor and the Bogue area have already had their beautification. It is, therefore, the intention to look inwards at the centre of the city and other areas that need improvement."
The mayor said the targeted areas include Sam Sharpe Square and its environs, Barnett Street, Westgreen, Gloucester Avenue, (Hip Strip) and Freeport.
"Another part of the plan is to make the sidewalks more accessible or more 'friendly' to the disabled," the mayor said.
He also indicated that the council was looking at a comprehensive plan to deal effectively with garbage collection in the western city.
"We are looking at acquiring some garbage receptacles made of plastic. The intention is to also look at the possibility of recycling, so we would have blue receptacles for general and green would be used for recycling,"
The mayor said the parish council would be making a submission to the Ministry of Local Government to assist in funding this project.
- Barrington Flemming