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Entertainment ban hurting Spanish Town, says Mayor

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott says the police ban on entertainment activities is having a negative effect on the economy of the parish.

The ban was implemented recently arising from a spate of multiple murders in Clarendon, St Catherine and St James.

However, Mayor Scott says the ban is affecting the income of the parish council as well as small business operators.

Speaking at a town hall meeting last night he pointed out that many persons rely on entertainment activities for a livelihood.

Mayor Scott also revealed that the council will be forced to refund fees that were collected from persons who applied for permits to stage entertainment events because the police have refused to sign off on them.

Mayor Scott said while he understands the need to curb crime in the parish this should not put law-abiding individuals at a disadvantage.
According to him, gang-related murders are concentrated in about two per cent of the parish.

He made an impassioned plea to the police high command to reconsider the ban.

His call was supported by Member of Parliament for Central St Catherine, Babsy Grange,  who said the ban is not helping the situation.

Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams, has promised to discuss the matter with his commanding officers in the parish before making a decision.