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Toll increases an 'unconscionable act' - Hellshire group

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2013 | 12:24 PM

A group of residents in Hellshire, St Catherine are contemplating how they will respond to next Saturday’s increase in toll prices.



Motorists using the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 will have to pay approximately 15 per cent more in toll, while motorists using the Spanish Town, May Pen and Vineyards toll plazas will pay 20, 16 and 12 per cent more, respectively come Saturday.



Speaking with The Gleaner/ Power 106 News Centre this morning, president of Hellshire Park Estates, Leonard Cowan, said the community group is gathering its thoughts on the matter.



Cowan has called the increase an “unconscionable act” noting that several people are facing wage freezes and therefore are unable to absorb further price increases at this time. He says people should protest the increases.



Meanwhile, Howard Hamilton, chairman of the Greater Portmore Joint Council, has said that while the increase is not acceptable, it is inevitable and there is not much Portmore residents can do.



However, he says Portmore residents must benefit more from the operation of the toll road pointing out that there was need for infrastructural support for residents.



He says government should also address environmental concerns regarding the use of the highway.



Portmore residents have long been in battle with the Government over the implementation of the toll road, having taken the State to court twice over the matter. But the residents lost both cases.



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