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TEF to fund major facelift for Lucea

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

A MAJOR beautification project involving four government agencies and the Hanover Parish Council is to get under way in Lucea, Hanover.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill, who toured the town and its outskirts on Tuesday, announced that the Tourism Enhancement Fund will be underwriting the project, which includes the resurfacing of roadways, construction and repairing of drains and sidewalks, landscaping and general beautification of the town.

He said that following discussions with Lucea's Mayor Wynter McIntosh and Member of Parliament Ian Hayles, it was agreed that the state of the town was unacceptable and needed to be immediately addressed.

The town is currently experiencing traffic congestion due to remedial and upgrading work being carried out on water mains by the National Water Commission, through its K-Factor Programme. The project is expected to be completed before the start of the winter tourist season on December 15.

McNeill said the parish council has collaborated with the Tourism Product Development Company, National Works Agency, National Solid Waste Management Authority and the National Environment and Planning Agency to undertake the project.

"The aim of the project is to enhance the tourism potential of Lucea's natural beauty," the Minister noted.

Hayles, who accompanied McNeill on the tour, said the project is a welcomed start to the long-term needs of the town.

He called on residents and business operators to be patient with the ongoing National Water Commission project.

Hayles said the development of Lucea's tourism potential has a $1.2 billion price tag, and that plans to transform the town into a historic tourist attraction are currently under revision.

It is estimated that more than 200,000 visitors traverse the town to and from Negril and Montego Bay annually, giving it great potential for tourist attractions and travel halts.