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Permits suspended for events along Palisadoes strip

Published:Wednesday | January 3, 2018 | 9:05 AM
Parties on the Palisadoes Road strip on New Year's Eve and again on Monday, New Year's Day, brought traffic to a standstill for hours on both days. On Monday, the situation caused chaos at the Norman Manley Internatioinal Airport.
Parties on the Palisadoes Road strip on New Year's Eve and again on Monday, New Year's Day, brought traffic to a standstill for hours on both days. On Monday, the situation caused chaos at the Norman Manley Internatioinal Airport.
7th Harbour on the Palisadoes strip. - Ricardo Makyn Photo
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Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams says the council will be suspending all events along the Palisadoes strip following the New Year’s Day traffic gridlock.

Traffic build up on the Palisadoes strip, which is the gateway to the Norman Manley International Airport, resulted in multiple flight delays as airline crew members and would-be passengers were stuck in the gridlock.

The traffic nightmare has been blamed on the party, Sandz, which was held in the area.

Williams has said a breakdown in enforcement caused the hours of traffic delay.

Responding to questions on social media yesterday afternoon regarding what will be done, Mayor Williams said the country could not afford a recurrence.

He said as a result, he’s taken the decision to suspend all permits along the corridor until further notice. 

According to Mayor Williams the Kingston And St Andrew Municipal Corporation has already been receiving applications for events in the Palisadoes area.

Up to last night National Security Ministry Robert Montague was yet to receive a report from Police Commissioner George Quallo on the traffic pile-up that shut down the Palisadoes strip leading to the Norman Manley International Airport for several hours.

Yesterday morning, Montague instructed that the report be placed on his desk by 5 o'clock in the afternoon.