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Some 49 projects have been registered so far in Clarendon for Labour Day 2006.
At a Labour Day Committee meeting held at the Clarendon Parish Council Chambers on Wednesday (May 17), Grandlin Fearon, Director of Administration at the Council, said that the main focus of the projects was beautification, which she noted, was in keeping with the Labour Day theme: ‘Jamaica’s Beauty – Our Duty’.
“Although the focus is really on the beautification of town centres, we are happy that our residents are making efforts to carry out beautification projects everywhere,” she said.
She noted that 33 or nearly 70 per cent of the registered projects entailed cleaning, bushing, painting, planting of flowers and trees and general beautification of community buildings, compounds/properties, playfields, parks and roadsides.
In addition, there will be drain cleaning, construction, relocation and renovation to classroom and school facilities; erection of street signs; construction of and repairs to houses for senior citizens; repairs to clubhouses; painting of pedestrian crossings; road repairs; construction of a post office and a water tank.
Included are about nine projects being carried out by Jamalco in their mining and refinery communities. Works would also be carried out in each of the 22 parish council divisions.
Projects are being registered at the offices of the Clarendon Parish Council at Sevens Road, May Pen and the Social Development Commission on Manchester Avenue.
Meanwhile, plans are well underway by the Committee to carry out the parish project. Estimated to cost about $418,000, the project will entail the beautification of the segment of roadway from the National Works Agency (NWA) office on Trenton Road, to Old Almhouse Hill on Brooks Avenue, and on to the town centre.
Deputy Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Leopold Hylton, explained that the scope of work entailed the bushing of the roadway; planting royal palm, and bougainvillea trees and other small flowers, supplying topsoil where necessary, and removing debris.
In addition, there would be painting and whitewashing of curb walls and other areas where necessary, in addition to the beautification of the library compound, which falls in the project area. “This project is going to be a success,” Councillor Hylton said, pointing out that he would take the responsibility for mobilizing at least 20 persons from the nearby communities of Canaan Heights, Sunnyside and Longbridge Avenue.
He is appealing to residents to participate in the parish project, adding that support would be sought from businesspersons. “We are trying to establish the project and then approach the business community for assistance to continue the project and maintain it,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the painting of the May Pen bridge has been excluded from the Labour Day activity, as the National Works Agency has committed to carrying out renovations on the facility as part of a subsequent project. The bridge is to be sandblasted and painted and repairs will be carried out to the rails as well.