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JEEP drives into South West St Ann

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann:

Projects costing more than $34 million were presented to the people of South West St Ann last Thursday by Member of Parliament Dr Dayton Campbell during a tour of the constituency that culminated in the opening of the Discovery Bay community centre.

The centre was repaired at a cost of $7.9 million, covering work including electrical and plumbing repairs, installation of new doors and windows, reinforcement of concrete walls to accommodate roof slab, demolition of lintels and painting of building.

The project was funded by Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme and 65 persons gained employment, according to information released by Richard Azan, minister of state, transport works and housing.

Other projects included the construction of a classroom and bathrooms at the Runaway Bay Basic School, at a cost of $5.41 million; work on the Addison Park roadway in Brown's Town, at a cost of $6 million, obtained from the Road Maintenance Fund; and rehabilitation of the Chester to Spicey Grove road, which cost $15 million.

At the opening of the community centre, Campbell made it clear that the facility was for the entire community, and was not meant to be politicised.

He said he identified repairs to the centre as priority, and made a request to the St Ann Parish Council, which sought and obtained funding from JEEP.

Food For the Poor also came on board and provided computers, chairs and tables for use in the centre.

Azan, in the meantime, underscored the importance of the centre, saying it must be a facility that will make people's lives better.

Tourism Minister Wykeham McNeill reiterated the gains made in tourism, and said the industry is going to need more workers in the areas of plumbing, electrical, masonry work and other areas.

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