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McKenzie urges council to get tough on litterbugs

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:58 PM
Local government minister Desmond McKenzie.

Local government minister Desmond McKenzie is demanding that the Portland Parish Council act more decisively to stop illegal dumping of waste in drains and gullies.

Recent heavy rains caused $69 million worth of damage to the parish.

McKenzie says it’s clear that a great percentage of flooding was caused by unwanted and improper dumping of garbage in drains and gullies.

He argued that despite the cleaning of drains and gullies by the parish council, politicians are blamed and this is unfair.

 

Minister of local government, Desmond McKenzie

McKenzie, who is on a tour of Portland, met with several representatives of state agencies and other stakeholders at a town hall meeting last night to discuss aspects of the national clean-up program.

Several communities in the parish are to be targeted for a period of eight days with the aim of searching for and destroying mosquito breeding sites in the fight against the Zika virus.

Meanwhile, McKenzie says the local government ministry will be releasing funds to the Portland Parish Council shortly to deal with the damage caused from the rain.

However, he says it will not cover the $69 million in damage estimated.

Additionally, McKenzie says funds will be allocated to parish councils in Portland, St Thomas and St Mary parish for emergency infrastructural repairs and that a further $250 million will be provided to parish councils island-wide for drain cleaning.