Thursday 26 November, 2020

Students of St James community get tablets from DR Foote Construction

Phillip Foote of DR Construction (right) and Councillor Anthony Murray participate in the presentation of tablets to one of 10 students from the Grange Pen community with a tablet recently.

Phillip Foote of DR Construction (right) and Councillor Anthony Murray participate in the presentation of tablets to one of 10 students from the Grange Pen community with a tablet recently.

Businessman Phillip Foote, the Chief Executive Officer of DR Foote Construction, has partnered with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor for the Rose Hall Division in St James, Anthony Murray, to provide 10 students from Grange Pen in the division with tablets to facilitate their online learning.

DR Foote Construction has been contracted to carry out infrastructural upgrade work in the Grange Pen community, which is in the Rose Hall Division.

Murray thanked Foote for his philanthropic endeavour, and implored the recipients to protect the devices.

"You must make sure that you take care of the tablets that are given to you," Murray implored.

For his part, Foote said he was compelled to provide assistance for the students in the community where his company is engaged in a project.

Last year it was announced that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is investing a little under $J1 billion for the Resort Squatter Settlements Upgrade Project for the community of Grange Pen.

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is overseeing the infrastructural upgrade for the regularisation of 535 households in the community. This is equivalent to approximately 8,000 square feet per lot.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project in March last year, Tourism Minister and Member of Parliament for the area, Edmund Bartlett, said the project was started in 2010 as part of the then government’s mission to provide housing solutions for workers in the tourism industry through the TEF.

The general scope of the works includes: road scribing and paving, draining infrastructure, construction of a sewage treatment plant, water supply connection to the National Water Commission (NWC), electricity distribution, and land titling.

A highway is also to be created from Grange Pen through Barrett Hall to Greenwood, signalling the next phase of the development for the area.

Bartlett also shared at the time that upon completion, the community of Grange Pen is to be renamed.

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