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Small turn out, but Portland Mayor pleased with Labour Day work

Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 3:45 PMGleaner Writer
Volunteers constructing a bus stop at Chilly Lane in Port Antonio.
Community organiser Christopher Richards (left) and Niran Ferguson, who donated building blocks and cement towards the Labour Day project at Chilly Lane.
Volunteers painting the main building at Carder Park in Port Antonio.
Volunteers giving a facelift to a building occupied by the Portland Football Association at Carder Park.
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PORT ANTONIO, Portland:

Although only a few people turned out at Carder Park in Port Antonio, for the Labour Day parish project today, Mayor Wayne McKenzie was satisfied with the work completed.

The project, supported by business operators, residents and several state agencies, saw the repainting of the administrative building and changing room at the park.

The lawn was trimmed and the netball area given a face-lift.

"The objective was met", said Mayor McKenzie.

"The outer wall of the building, which has now become home to the Portland Football Association, was repainted after many years of neglect [and] the netball court, which was over-run with shrubbery, was cleaned. The idea is to restore a sense of pride to Portland's premiere playing ground Carder Park", he said.

McKenzie also said "additional work will be done to the playing field in time for it to host DaCosta Cup football matches this season".

The parish project aside, on Chilly Lane along Folly Road, the community spirit was palpable.

Residents joined hands to construct a bus stop for commuters.

"I have to thank these volunteers", said Christopher Richards one of the organisers to the project.

"I am not from this community, but I realised the plight of the people, and after meeting with Niran Ferguson, who donated building blocks and cement from his business, we decided to run with the project, but not before approval was given by the Portland Parish Council and the National Works Agency".

Today young men, who are skilled workers, have volunteered their services to complete this well-needed building", he added.