Portland MP denies accusations from Vaz
Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
PORT ANTONIO, Portland:
MEMBER OF Parliament (MP) for East Portland Dr Linvale Bloomfield has dismissed suggestions that he, along with parish council officials, sat comfortably while Portlanders were forced to encounter dust, mud, and slippery conditions in the town during the festive season.
The MP's comments were made at a press conference at the Portland Parish Council on Monday and comes on the heels of statements made by neighbouring MP for West Portland Daryl Vaz, who on December 30 chided Bloomfield and other councillors for ignoring the plight of the people in the parish capital and for failing to hold contractors accountable for the $1.8-billion water, drainage, and sewerage project.
"The project encountered serious and lengthy technical challenges, and no doubt, the people of Portland, and Port Antonio in particular, endured levels of inconvenience along the way. As MP, regular consultation was held with the contractors, Vinci Construction Company, and the parish council, where the many concerns and inconvenience suffered by residents were discussed. Whilst I will admit that there was a breakdown in communication where residents are concerned, the project was carefully monitored by us, and consideration was given to those concerns," said Bloomfield.
According to the MP, like every major project, there are challenges and delays.
"For persons to be making statements that we fell asleep and that the present condition in the town is a disgrace, I am saying it is a little too late. There was a period when several streets were either blocked or partially blocked as a result of the ongoing work. However, nobody saw it fit to comment then. We are nearing the end of the project, Phase 1, and contractors are gearing up for the completing of resurfacing and asphalt work," said Bloomfield.