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    • During the current fiscal year, the Government will be improving five markets across the island at a cost of $75 million.
    • Making his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 19, the Minister said $20 million will be spent on the Clarks Town market, following a $6 million project at the facility, which included perimeter fencing, the installation of sanitary conveniences, paving, and the construction of parking bays for the transportation centre.

    During the current fiscal year, the Government will be improving five markets across the island at a cost of $75 million.

    Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the facilities slated for upgrades are the Buff Bay Market in Portland; Clarks Town, Trelawny; Black River, St. Elizabeth; Linstead, St. Catherine; and Charles Gordon, St. James.

    Making his contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 19, the Minister said $20 million will be spent on the Clarks Town market, following a $6 million project at the facility, which included perimeter fencing, the installation of sanitary conveniences, paving, and the construction of parking bays for the transportation centre.

    Meanwhile, the Minister explained that work should have commenced at the Port Maria Market, in St. Mary, but due to bidders not meeting the required standards, the work had to be retendered.

    “With a revised scope of works, we expect to move forward with the project this year,” he said.

    Mr. McKenzie noted that last year the Ministry financed the repair of 100 kilometres of road, and rehabilitated 12 kilometres.

    “Additionally, over $400 million was spent on drain cleaning and repair, to mitigate against flooding,” he told the House.

    The Minister said that discussions are taking place between his Ministry and the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation, for the building of a modern multi-purpose civic facility, in Church Pen.