McKenzie leads St James clean up
Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, led a massive clean-up initiative in sections of St James on Saturday, where several hundred truck loads of solid waste were removed to the Retirement Landfill.
The project, which started last Wednesday, targeted communities which had a pile-up of solid waste to include large old household appliances, derelict vehicles, and other items which were no longer useful.
McKenzie said he was delighted that through the initiative, communities were a lot cleaner. He said the project resulted in the removal of waste which was fast becoming a health hazard for the residents.
"The official start of the clean-up has gone very well. The response from the residents has been overwhelming, they have been taking out the bulky stuff. The trucks have done more than 20 trips within the first two and half hours of the exercise," the minister said.
He also toured the Railway Lane area where it was observed that the main drain in the community was blocked by domestic garbage. McKenzie said the drain will receive attention as it not only sits in the heart of the Montego Bay Transport Centre and the People's Arcade, but runs directly into the sea.
"This is one of the areas of concern . ... As you notice, work has commenced on this ... it's going to take some time because of the depth of the drain. It is an earth drain so it tells you the challenge that it poses," he stated.