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Gov’t dumps plan for road through Bodles Research Station

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Everald Warmington during a tour of the Bodles Banana Breeding Station in St Catherine last Friday.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Everald Warmington has committed to providing an alternative access route to residents of Colbeck in St Catherine.

The residents have had to access their community through the Bodles Research Station after a bridge leading to Colbeck was destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

The National Housing Trust, which is to construct a housing development in the area, had received approval to build an access road through the Bodles Research Station.

The road would also have provided access for students of two schools that are to be built in the area.

The Banana Board raised concerns about the course of the road after it was found that it would have destroyed more than 16 acres of production and nursery fields in the Bodles Banana Breeding Station.

Noting the concerns, Warmington toured the area last Friday with a team from the Banana Board as well as officials of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and said the plan to carry the road through Bodles would be scrapped.

"They deviated from the plan. This is not what was agreed. I would never have allowed them to run a road through the Banana Breeding Research Station," said Warmington.

He instead committed to constructing a new bridge on the Lennonsville Road to replace the previous one.

This should ensure the preservation of the integrity of the banana production area in the research station, while providing access to Colbeck, the two proposed schools and the planned housing development.