Major rejects new Falmouth market
Mayor of Falmouth and chairman of the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, Colin Gager, says he is unwilling to accept the new Falmouth Market in its current form, as it does not have enough space to facilitate vendors in the parish.
"I cannot accept a market with 200 stalls and I have a vendor amount of 700. That is totally inadequate. I have had meetings with the vendors and we are on the same page," Gager told Western STAR.
According to the mayor, discussions are ongoing with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) to arrive at an amicable solution.
The market, which is located on Market Street, has been mired in controversy from day one. In the initial stages, environmentalists expressed concern that it would be constructed on land reclaimed from the mangrove.
When the $175-million contract was awarded in March 2015, the completion date was set for November 2015. At the time, rumours circulated that it would be abandoned because of flooding. These rumours were denied by the then mayor, Garth Wilkinson, who gave the assurance that the project would continue.
The completion date moved to December 2016 and the budget moved to $200 million. However, the PAJ informed at a town hall meeting last October that there were some areas, including the ceiling, which needed to be worked on and another $40 million would have been needed.