Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
The St James Parish Council has slapped the National Water Commission (NWC) with a seven-day notice to clean up and secure its old pumping station located at the intersection of Harbour and South streets in Montego Bay, St James, as the site has reportedly become a haven for illicit sexual activity at nights.
The order was served on the utility company last Thursday, the same day the issue was highlighted by Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris during the monthly parish council meeting.
Harris said the situation has become untenable and can no longer be tolerated as the city has suffered too long from disorderly conduct.
"This particular situation is simply outrageous. We cannot continue to have this type of behaviour here, so it must stop, hence the order was served by the health department. I have been walking the streets of the city and observing certain practices by the citizenry, which I see have not been keeping with what is considered to be acceptable so, the council has taken the decision to tackle these head on as we seek to clean up the city and restore order."
NWC 'moving with haste'
Acting head of community relations for the NWC's Western Region Cordel Daley acknowledged that the commission has received the notice and would be moving with haste to clean and secure the site.
"We have received a notice from the parish council. The technical people are today (Monday) going to be doing some welding to the metal works at the site as well as to have it cleaned to ensure that it will meet with the required standards set by the authorities."
Daley however expressed concern that the site is constantly vandalised, with the gates ripped off and garbage constantly dumped there.
Quizzed as to what plans the company has for the site, Daley said he was not aware of any particular plans at this time for the site.
One person who operates a business in the vicinity said the site is a haven for all sorts of 'immoral' sexual behaviour.
"This place should be condemned. It is a disgrace. All sorts of people, all kinds of sexual acts, nothing is taboo at this place. People dump garbage; these people, are too nasty. I have nothing more to say on this; this is too much," the business operator said.