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Town hall meeting on Cholera cemetery development plans set for later

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:25 AM
A homeless man dressed in plastic bags is spotted on the old Cholera cemetery lands in St Andrew

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is to host a town hall meeting this evening to address concerns about plans to develop the old Cholera cemetery lands in St Andrew.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 o’clock at Mayfair Hotel on West Kings House Road.

Victims of an 1860 cholera outbreak are buried at the cemetery, located at the intersection of Waterloo and West Kings House roads.

Concerns have been raised that developing the land could pose health risks.

However, Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie says the health ministry issued clear written advice as late as last year, indicating that there is no such risk.

He says the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) sought and received formal advice from the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Health before approving the project.

He says he’s satisfied with the decision of the Kingston KSAC to approve a private development on the lands.