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Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Holness

Councillor wants faulty drains rectified

Councillor for the Moneague division in the St Ann Parish Council, Lloyd Garrick, is calling on the National Road Operating and Construction Company Ltd to ensure that China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) rectify faulty drains in the division that have led to flooding in some areas.

Over the last few weeks, during heavy showers in St Ann, sections of the Phoenix Park road was flooded as, according to Garrick, the drains constructed by CHEC are too small to manage the volume of water coming off the highway.

"There is a lack of proper drainage," Garrick told The Gleaner on Monday. "You must put in adequate drains to deal with the water that is coming off the highway, and that is just 1-2-3.

"With the drains that they put in, we told them (CHEC) that they would have to do something else because whenever we start getting heavy rains we're going to feel it, and we're feeling it now. The drains are too small and not properly constructed."

Efforts to get a comment from NROCC were unsuccessful.

PM to reduce bureaucracy in land ownership process for Jamaicans

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the Government intends to simplify the subdivision application process in order to make land ownership easier for Jamaicans.

Subdivision is the process of dividing a parcel of land into a number of lots and obtaining individual titles (splinter titles) for each lot.

A subdivision can be useful for residential, commercial, agricultural or industrial purposes.

Concerns have been raised that the process for approval is often cumbersome and challenging, involving assessment and review of application by various agencies, and needs to be simplified.

The prime minister said in order to make the process more expeditious, consultations and partnerships will be required with various stakeholders.

Falmouth to undergo major 

PAJ-funded beautification project

The town of Falmouth in Trelawny is to benefit from a major beautification and upgrading project to be carried out by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).

The project, for which a budget is being finalised, is intended to enhance the town's image as a major cruise shipping port.

Manager of the Falmouth Cruise Ship Terminal, Mark Hylton, said the scope of works entails cleaning and beautification, social and community outreach, and the enforcement of public-order statutes.

He said the project area would include Falmouth Street, from the intersection with Seaboard Street to the Lower Parade Street, and Water Square.

"The designated areas will be cleaned, washed and the curb walls repainted. The garden in Water Square will be landscaped and plants replaced. Planters (flower containers) along Falmouth Street and Lower Harbour Lane will be repaired and the plants replaced. Additionally, missing pavers will be replaced," Hylton outlined.

The work, he added, is expected to be completed before the end of 2016.