Thursday 15 November, 2018

Seaview Gardens’ road demonstration draws Anthony Hylton’s attention

Member of Parliament for Western St Andrew Anthony Hylton speaks with residents of Seaview Gardens.

Member of Parliament for Western St Andrew Anthony Hylton speaks with residents of Seaview Gardens.

Bus operators on the Seaview Gardens to downtown Kingston route, along with other public passenger vehicle (PPV) operators on routes into the Western St Andrew community, with the support of the residents there, jointly mounted a public protest on Tuesday morning over the poor state of the roads leading into the community.

The demonstrators used old household items like fridges to block sections of the roadway, and also jam-packed it with their parked vehicles to present a traffic snarl that quickly drew the attention of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Anthony Hylton.

Amid the demands of the demonstrators, Hylton first tried to allay their concerns by offering to go on a tour of the affected roadways with some of the demonstrators to gain a first-hand account of the extent of the problem.

Seaview residents protest bad roads

But the demonstrators would have none of it, contending that a tour at this stage was irrelevant, as the MP must have known of the state of the roadways by now, as he has representatives living in the community, who have been experiencing the daily challenges of commuting into and out of the area.

With the tour being rejected, Hylton opted to address the concerns in a meeting outside the Seaview Gardens Police Station, where, with the support of the police, some order was brought to the protest, so the parliamentary representative could give some indications of the way forward

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