JIS News

Beaches and popular tourist areas in Manchester and St. Elizabeth were cleaned and beautified on the weekend, as residents and volunteers participated in the post-Hurricane Dean clean-up exercise.
When JIS News visited Alligator Pond in Manchester on Saturday (Sept. 29), a number of persons including small children were busy removing debris from areas of the fishing community. Heavy equipment such as trucks, front-end loaders and garbage units, were engaged in the movement of items that could harbour rats, cockroaches and mosquitoes.
Secretary Manager for the Manchester Parish Council, Winston Palmer, said he was impressed with the day’s activities.
He informed that Alligator Pond was chosen for attention “because of its importance as one of our primary tourist hubs and also because of the importance of maintaining and preserving our beach.”
The Secretary Manager commended the local disaster committee and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), which through Southern Parks and Markets (SPM), collaborated in the clean-up exercise, which was held on September 29 and 30. “We have to commend their efforts as well as those of the many community-based groups that made a significant effort,” he said.
Some 15 communities in the parish were given attention over the two days including Old England, Comfort, Broadleaf, Asia, Victoria Town, Plowden, New Forest, Downs, Rose Hill, Webbers, Devon, Newport and Bloomfield.
A few miles away, in the neighbouring parish of St. Elizabeth, residents participated in the removal of debris from the Great Bay area of Treasure Beach.George Dillon, president of local community group Citizen’s Alert, told JIS News that there was strong community support for the exercise, noting that cleaning up activities began on Friday (Sept. 28).
“Our group members have been out in the field from last night and early today organising and sorting debris along the way for pick up by the trucks provided by the NSWMA. I would say that over 90 per cent of the people responded in a positive way and all our members came out and helped to pile up great mounds of refuse all over the place,” he said.
Mr. Dillon lauded the Prime Minister for undertaking the initiative, which, he said, “is needed to help bring back this area to its former state It is a good gesture on the part of the government as I am sure that we have gotten rid of a number of vermin such as rats that live in that sort of environment. As we are approaching the new winter tourist season, the place is really going to look very nice as a result.”
He also commended government agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC), which assisted in the mobilisation of resources.
NSWMA/SPM Zonal Manager, Clive Lyttle, said he was “very heartened by the support from the residents of St. Elizabeth.
Not only their response but also our contractors, who have come forward to give back to the community in which they operate by providing six tipper trucks and a backhoe for the Great Bay and Calabash Bay areas.”
He noted that the “SDC and the National Works Agency has been out here with us from very early this morning and so far, I would say that it has been very successful and so we are pressing ahead”.
Work was also done in Newcombe Valley, Billy’s Bay, Crawford Fisherman’s Beach, Myersville, Holland, Braes River, Junction, Malvern and Russell’s in the parish.

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