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Holey road to Mount Zion

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Councillor Jason Cummings
From left: Mount Zion residents Angella Spence, Monica Russell Jackson, and Wislin Greyion are pleading for repairs to be effected to the pothole-riddled road leading to their community. The road has been in a deplorable condition for almost a decade. - Photo by Mark Titus

Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:Jason Cummings, the new councillor for the Rose Hall division, and residents of Mount Zion in St James are combining efforts to repair pothole-riddled roadway leading to the community.

The historic village, located on the outskirts of Montego Bay, is affected by the deplorable condition of the roadway.

"Taxis have refused to take us home. We have to walk from the drop-off point by the junction," Wislin Grenyion told Western Focus. "This situation could see someone losing their life in case of an emergency because no vehicle wants to come on this road."

According to the residents, representation was made to the St James Parish Council and Member of Parliament Edmund Bartlett, but nothing was done.

Cummings says the road situation has to be dealt with as a matter of priority.

Potential disaster

"The road situation is a burning issue. It is a long-standing situation, and my main concern is that if there should be a fire or some form of illness in the night, losses could be significant," he said on Monday.

"In the interim, we have a workday planned, along with the members of the community. We are going to get some donations to ensure that we have a respectable surface to drive on until we come up with a permanent solution."

Although it is a small step, residents have welcomed the efforts of the new councillor.

"You might not be able to do everything, but show you care, even temporarily. I am sure our life will be made a bit easier after this," said resident Angella Spence.