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St James Health Department to serve notice on JRC

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 7:17 PMChristopher Thomas
The People's Arcade in Montego Bay, St James

The St James Health Department says it will be serving a notice on the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to improve the sanitary conditions at the People's Arcade in Montego Bay or face court action.

The chief public health inspector for St James, Lennox Wallace, says over the past five years, the facility has been converted by squatters into a residential area.

He says a letter had previously been sent to the JRC to address the problem of squatting and improper waste disposal in the commercial facility it owns.

However, Wallace says the JRC has not responded fast enough to that letter.


Chief public health inspector for St. James, Lennox Wallace

Last October, the JRC voiced its intention to take charge of the People's Arcade, where squatters had converted several shops at the facility into dwellings with illegal electricity and water connections.

Household waste was also being dumped into the nearby gully.