Sunday 26 January, 2020

Montego Bay Mayor to put health spotlight on Old Shoe Market

Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis (right), and his Deputy, Leroy Williams, during a tour of the Old Shoes Market in Montego Bay on Monday.

Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis (right), and his Deputy, Leroy Williams, during a tour of the Old Shoes Market in Montego Bay on Monday.

Mayor of Montego Bay, Holmer Davis, has indicated his intent to call in the St James Health Department to inspect the sanitary condition at the Old Shoe Market in the resort city in St James.

Speaking with reporters after a tour of the market on Monday, the mayor said his concerns stem from the visit to the market, during which he did not see any toilet facility.

"I did not see any toilet facility, and that is why we will be writing the Public Health Department for them to pay a visit there," Mayor Davis said.

"I don't know if there is any elsewhere, because we have seen where they have turned pipes down into the gully chamber, so there might be other pipes that deal with sewer," he elaborated.

Davis also indicated that he will be seeking financial assistance from Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, to improve the conditions at the Old Shoe Market.

"I will be talking to the Members of Parliament (MP), specifically Dr Horace Chang and Ed Bartlett, to see how we can pool some funds to see if we can make things better there. But, at this time, there is no move afoot to displace anyone over by the Old Shoe Market," assured the mayor.

He said the tour of the market was primarily to see what is happening there.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: