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$15 million allocated for infrastructure works at Brown’s Town Market

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie - File photo

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has announced the allocation of $15 million for infrastructure works at the Brown’s Town Market in St Ann.

McKenzie made the announcement during a tour of the facility on Tuesday.

“This is a very popular market. Over 700 vendors operate here, and that gives a clear idea of the customer volume that passes through in order to create a profitable and sustainable living for them. The conditions are unacceptable, and so works are going to be quickly done to create a proper, functional market. The technical team will finalise the design and related aspects for the improvement works and $7 million will be made available immediately for the most urgent repairs. The remaining funds will facilitate other infrastructure needs once the normal approval procedures are completed,” said McKenzie in a statement today.

Mayor of St Ann’s Bay Sydney Stewart, who also participated in the tour, said a preliminary estimate for works was done by the St Ann Municipal Corporation.

“We visited the market last week and our technical team developed a costing on that basis. We are elated at the speed of the minister’s response. He has charged us to ensure that all procedures are adhered to, and we will ensure that everything that is done will not only serve the people of Brown’s Town and its environs, but will also stand up to scrutiny.”

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