Residents forced to use cow pasture for recreation

June 11, 2019
Chilon Whyte, sports coordinator for the Tangle River Community Development Committee.
Chilon Whyte, sports coordinator for the Tangle River Community Development Committee.
The Tangle River football field is located in a cow pasture.
The Tangle River football field is located in a cow pasture.
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The absence of suitable facilities has been robbing residents of Tangle River of the opportunity to exhale. According to Chilon Whyte, sports coordinator of the Tangle River Community Development Committee (CDC), there are no suitable sporting facilities in the community for the people to play.

"All we have here is a plot of land that is privately owned. We are not able to develop it," Whyte told the WESTERN STAR.

Several years ago, the owners of the land reportedly granted residents permission to use the land for sporting activities.

"The land, as it is now, is in need of grading, but under the verbal agreement, we can't build any structure on it. We are not allowed to even put a tractor on it, " he said.

Whyte said that the CDC, with the support of Member of Parliament Derrick Kellier, approached the Digicel Foundation to develop the property. They were unable to strike a deal.

Gregory Wint, councillor for the Welcome Hall Division in the St James Municipal Corporation, says the unavailability of suitable lands is one of the chief reasons the community is without sporting facilities.

"Tangle River is very hilly and does not render itself suitable for facilities such as a football field and other playing surfaces; and even if there are lands, the owners are not willing to offer them for such uses," Wint said.

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