May Pen market to get urgent attention in 2017
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
Mayor of May Pen Winston Maragh has said he is expecting full cooperation from all stakeholders to make Clarendon a parish persons will want to live, raise families, and, do business.
To this end, Maragh has proposed several short, medium and long-term measures which he plans to use to improve order in the town centres and enhance the lives of all residents of the parish.
For the short term, Maragh said improvements are expected to begin this month in the parish's largest market (May Pen). Maragh noted that the project has long been on the books to pave the market compound and repair the roof in critical sections of the market.
"This is intended to add value to one of the Corporations most used service points which will encourage vendors and shoppers to use the facility in a more comfortable space," he said, noting that regular consultations with vendors will be held with the aim of having the town centres remain an orderly business-friendly space for all business people.
Maragh added: "The improvement of the town centre's waste-water disposal system is a major imperative for us and we intend to begin exploring solutions to this long-standing problem very early in the New Year." He further noted that Clarendon Health Department will be an integral part of the process.
The Corporation's local sustainable development plan is also slated to be launched in short order, and the mayor is to issue instructions to engage the services of project writers to implement the solutions, innovations and recommendations of the plan to ensure that it does not become another shelved grandiose hope for Clarendon.
"The municipal corporation will immediately begin to lobby for the extension of street lighting across the parish based on our committed role in assisting to curb crime and violence in the parish.
Criminals often use the cover of darkness to carry out acts of violence on our citizens, and so we will be working overtime to ensure we get street lighting in as many areas as possible."
Mayor Maragh, who is also the councillor for the Rocky Point division, told The Gleaner that a revitalised Civic Mandate Committee will engage the local business community in beautifying and maintaining already existent public spaces in a bid to engender greater public order.
"It is also my personal dream to have public children's parks constructed at strategic locations across divisions to serve that cohort."