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McNeill lobbies for NHT funds to be used to build new water generation facilities

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Opposition spokesman on Tourism, Dr Wykeham McNeill

Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has proposed that the National Housing Trust (NHT) be allowed to invest in water projects as part of its housing initiatives. 

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament last week, McNeill suggested the government's $3 billion plan to expand the Roaring River and Bullstrode water facilities in western Westmoreland, for example, could be better implemented if the NHT was allowed to invest in the project.


McNeill says the arrangement would allow the National Water Commission to expand services; while it would position the NHT to confidently build housing knowing that future occupants have access to adequate water supplies. In addition, he says it would generate employment and provide a return on investment for the NHT.

The NHT is slated to build 1,000 housing units in Negril. Another 1,000 units are to be built by a private developer in Green Island, Hanover.