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February 19, 2013
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New Market residents protest poor roads

Residents again blocked the New Market main road and other roads leading to the community yesterday to protest against the poor road conditions in the area. The protest caused great inconvenience to those commuters who use the Newmarket route to and from work and school.

The Lewisville High School was one of the schools that was badly affected by the protest action.

Audith Forbes, principal of the school, said that less than half the student population was able to attend classes. She said teachers reported that of the 670 students registered at the school, only 240 were present.

"Those students would have come from the New Market end going back into New Works, New Roads, Shantily ... the neighbouring districts," she added.

She added that many members of staff were unable to attend work and that she too was absent as the residents ensured that alternate routes were blocked as well.

"Only six teachers were at work and those teachers were teachers who live around the area plus two from the cottage," she said.

She said her school was not the only one affected as many teachers and students from other institutions were either unable to leave or enter the community.

It is reported that the road was blocked sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Monday, until the police were able to clear the road sometime in the afternoon.

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