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  • Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, said public spaces within the Corporate Area, including sidewalks and recreational parks, will be reclaimed to increase and maintain order.
  • The Mayor was speaking at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) monthly meeting on January 13, held at the Council’s offices in downtown Kingston.
  • As it relates to sidewalks, the Mayor said reclaiming these areas will ensure that pedestrians, including persons with disabilities and children, have access to these areas.

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke, said public spaces within the Corporate Area, including sidewalks and recreational parks, will be reclaimed to increase and maintain order.

The Mayor was speaking at the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) monthly meeting on January 13, held at the Council’s offices in downtown Kingston.

As it relates to sidewalks, the Mayor said reclaiming these areas will ensure that pedestrians, including persons with disabilities and children, have access to these areas.

“We want to make sure that individuals are not forced into the streets because some selfish persons have decided that their garage, their shops or their stalls have priority and should be built on the sidewalks,” she said.

The Mayor informed that through a collaborative approach last year, 18 sidewalk garages were closed and 1,000 illegal structures removed.

“This year, we intend to be relentless. We believe that someone has to take up the crusade and insist that public order prevails. It is not a popular decision (but) we have to create a balance between those individuals who are eking out a living under trying times and the public order that is required for a city and a country to progress,” she said.

Turning to parks, she noted that renovations which have started at St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston will continue throughout the year.

She said the renovated facility will provide a user friendly environment that will allow individuals to visit the location more frequently.

“We will also be introducing some new programmes in the park. The idea is to make sure that there are far more activities that are held in the park and that will attract visitors and residents alike,” she said.

The Mayor  further committed to identifying community spaces that can be invested in, so that individuals can enjoy recreational facilities within their communities.

“This is going to be done where we are able to confirm that our communities are willing and able to take responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of these spaces, whether they are kiddies’ corners or community parks,” she said.

The Mayor said the KSAC will continue to put people at the forefront of all its activities, while ensuring that they are treated with respect, dignity and professionalism.

“We will ensure that our services to the vulnerable, in particular, are designed to maintain the dignity of all whom we serve. In our drive to create that clean, safe and thriving Corporate Area, we are committed to ensuring that public order is maintained. We are also committed to increasing our support for local economic development,” she emphasised.

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