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Big plans afoot for Salt River

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Scean Barnswell

The Clarendon Parish Council is taking steps to streamline operations at the Salt River Mineral Spa as plans are being put in place to convert the now open facility into a secure health tourism attraction. The facility, which is located on Clarendon's south coast, will be developed in a way that will provide ease and comfort of access for recreational activities. Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell said the shacks will be converted and reorganised to user-friendly shops which will either be rented or leased to the vendors to do business.

"The Salt River Project has been in the pipeline since 2007, and the intention of this project is to formalise activities at the Salt River Mineral Bath, because as is now, there are shacks on the property, a lack of proper parking, improper disposal of solid waste, and poor sanitary conveniences."

He said that all these issues would be addressed under the new development plan.

He said the council had already entered into a 21-year lease agreement with the Sugar Company of Jamaica. The lease will cost the parish council JMD$120,000 yearly and is renewable every 10 years.

Funding will be secured from the Tourism Enhancement Fund to develop the facility and is estimated to cost approximately $32 million.

Plans will also be put in place to ensure safety and security for patrons who will be using the facility.