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Wilkinson talks tough

Published:Monday | April 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
  • Vows to clean-up town during his first year in office

Falmouth's Mayor Garth Wilkinson has promised to focus primarily on infrastructural development and public cleansing during his first year in office.

Presiding over the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council last week, Wilkinson prefaced his discourse by warning that he will be forceful and aggressive in ensuring that the parish gets its fair share of development.

While pledging a bi-partisan approach to governance, Wilkinson argued that the residents of the parish must benefit from any development that takes place.

Wilkinson said despite the recently upgraded Falmouth port getting international recognition, residents are not benefiting from its existence.

"I will insist that a craft market is build in Falmouth within a month. I must find a location for this craft market, so that craft vendors can have a suitable location to sell their products," stated Wilkinson.

He said the council will undertake a sustained garbage collection and drain-cleaning programme to include all primary and secondary drains, while doing a general beautification of all the towns across the parish.

Wilkinson highlighted the police station, the bus park and the market, as well as street signs, and road markings that must be completed by the end of the year.

Water abundance

In his wide-ranging address the new mayor decried the water crisis in the parish, stating that with Trelawny having an abundance of running water the residents should not be experiencing water problems.

He said some initiative will have to be worked out to ensure that yam farmers in the parish get an opportunity to export their produce so that they can get value for their crops.

Wilkinson admitted that there is a scarcity of funds to improve the roads, but he argued that a responsible approach must be taken to address this problem.

He suggested that councillors could combine resources and address one road at a time.

"I will not be a part of a piece- meal approach to fixing roads in this parish, we must be creative with whatever funds we have to make the people happy," Wilkinson stated.