Drain cleaning a continued effort in Portmore

May 22, 2019
Desmond Walker is happy for the drain cleaning, but said residents need to do better to keep them clean.
Desmond Walker is happy for the drain cleaning, but said residents need to do better to keep them clean.
A drain in Gregory Park.
A drain in Gregory Park.
Some residents of Christian Pen are unhappy that persons love to dump their garbage in the areas like this.
Some residents of Christian Pen are unhappy that persons love to dump their garbage in the areas like this.
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The Sunshine City in Portmore, St Catherine, is also known as the mosquito city, and with the outbreak of the Zika virus in 2016, the Government rolled out cleaning and debushing programmes to ensure mosquito breeding sites were eradicated.

Since then, the project only got better, according to the residents of Gregory Park and Washington Mews, in the areas which were targeted at that time.

According to one resident, Desmond Walker, the programme has been running non-stop since Labour Day 2016.

He added that even though work is being done on a regular basis, the residents littering habit makes the issue a recurring one.

"A the residents dem mek the place look bad. Men come to clean the drains and when dem go, dem find faeces and me nah talk animal faeces. Sometimes the drains will clean today and by tomorrow you can't believe seh a it clean," he said.

Another resident in the Christian Pen community, where the work was extended, said that they have seen continued work being done over the years.

"Dem clean the drains dem man, we can't complain. There is not much bush here but them clean up and the garbage truck come and collect weh dem clean up," one resident said.

"They have been doing work because one time you couldn't see from one scheme to the other. But now they have cleared out the field and we can see," a woman told The STAR.

Councillor for the Gregory Park Division, Jody Brown, said that once money is available to undertake the project, she would ensure that things are done in the communities.

She said that she has been working hard to ensure that the cleaning and debushing project, which started in 2016, continues because it benefits the members of the community.

"We always clean the drains and clear the bushes. Like when we see that the bush grows, we try to attack it same time," she said.

Brown pointed out that the project was one that was undertaken by the Member of Parliament Alando Terrelonge and he takes pride in ensuring that it continues.

She added that people should be mindful of the work that they try to do and not make it harder for the workmen.

"People need to stop dirty up the place when we clean it. It nuh fair fi as it clean, dem throw the trash dem inna the drains and dirty up back the place," she said.

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