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Parish council seeks to restore fishing village's electricity

Published:Thursday | January 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer

OLD HARBOUR, St Catherine:

The St Catherine Parish Council is to address the issue of electricity at the Old Harbour Fishing Village, St Catherine.

The electricity supply at the fishing village was removed by the Jamaica Public Service Company more than a year ago because of irregularities.

Fishermen using the facility have complained about not having electricity supply, which they say hinder their ability to store their catch.

"I have instructed my parish manager to write to the Ministry of Local Government and the Jamaica Public Service Company to solicit a direct response as to how the electricity can be restored," chairman of the parish council and mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, told The Gleaner.

He added: "The complete restoration of this fishing village I want to accomplish during my tenure. It is part of my legacy."

Scott said he wants to see the inclusion of floodlights to illuminate the expanse of the beach for the benefit of fishermen who do night fishing and members of the public who want to purchase fish at any time of the day. He revealed that the poles are already in place to facilitate this process.

The parish council chairman said individuals have already bought space to erect 40 additional storage shops on the fishing beach, but could not say what has stalled this project. He said he will be revisiting the issue to determine what is causing the delay.

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