More road works and 100 new garbage trucks - Holness
A confident-looking Andrew Holness, leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, walks towards the podium on Sunday at the party's Annual Conference. (PHOTO: Llewellyn Wynter)
More major road works and a massive islandwide public cleansing drive are on the horizon, according to Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
"After we finish Three Miles (and) Hagley Park Road; Half-Way Tree, Hope Road, here we come with infrastructure improvement," Holness said about the roadworks which are ongoing along several major thoroughfares across the country.
The Prime Minister was speaking Sunday at the 75thannual conference of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at the National Arena.
"We nuh done yet. Yuh see Constant Spring Road, yuh see Mandela, yuh see Three Miles and Hagley Park. Yuh see Barbican, Yuh see Ferris to Mackfield. Yuh have south coast road improvement coming. You have the extension of the East-West. You name it, it's happening, but more is to come," the prime minister stated.
Buoyed by record low unemployment, a growing economy, booming construction and falling crime, Holness boasted to Labourites about what is to come.
"Look out for the bypass in Annotto Bay, look out for the bypass in Spur Tree. Look out for the bypass of Hope Bay. Look out for the bypass of Lucea and look out for the development of a new road to bypass Long Hill that will take you from MoBay to Ferris in the west." Holness said.
He said the development of major bypass roads will not be the death knell for small towns as a specific programme is being developed to improve the status of rural townships.
Meanwhile, Holness lamented that the country’s towns and cities have not always been cleaned to the required standard. He said the cities and townships should be “cleaner than they are”.
The prime minister said there is a plan in place to address the problem.
“Myself and the Minister of Finance and the head of the NSWMA, we have sat down and we have devised a programme that will place 100 new garbage trucks to the NSWMA (National Solid Waste Management Authority) that will be disbursed right across Jamaica to ensure that we can keep our surroundings clean,” he revealed.
According to Holness, “Prosperity is not just having money in your pocket so that you can buy more soft drink and then you throw the bottle on the road. Prosperity is when your environment is such that you feel at peace and so the Jamaica Labour Party is looking at, not just a unidimensional prosperity but a multi-dimensional prosperity taking into consideration your education, your health, your built environment and the security of your home and family.”
He said the ultimate goal is to secure the economic independence of the country.