The Government will continue the removal of zinc fences from communities, with a sum of $345 million set aside in the 2020/21 Budget for the undertaking.
This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, during the debate on the First Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for 2020/21 in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (June 10).
He said that the removal of zinc fences not only enhances the aesthetics of communities but serves to ensure the safety and security of residents.
“There are certain corridors where you have main roads… [and] it is just not right that in 2020/2021 we have major thoroughfares [such as] Washington Boulevard… and Rockfort… [that] have zinc fences,” he contended.
Dr. Clarke said that the increased allocation for the community beautification programme is significant, as in previous years the amount allotted was capped at approximately $40 million.
“In this time of COVID (coronavirus), we are saying to the people that we haven’t forgotten, that we care about them and we not only care about giving them a compassionate grant but we want to improve their environs,” he said.