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  • A perimeter wall is to be constructed for the St. James Infirmary for Labour Day.
  • The St. James Labour Day Planning Committee decided that the grounds of the infirmary will receive attention as part of Labour Day activities for the parish.
  • Mayor of Montego Bay, and Chairman of the committee, Councillor Glendon Harris, outlined that the infirmary has always been a priority of the Parish Council.

Residents of the St. James Infirmary will soon be living in a more secure environment, as a result of works, which are to be carried out at the facility on Labour Day, to construct a perimeter wall.

At its first meeting held on April 24, to plan Labour Day activities for this year, the St. James Labour Day Planning Committee decided that the grounds of the infirmary will receive attention as part of Labour Day activities for the parish.

In an interview with JIS News following the meeting, Mayor of Montego Bay, and Chairman of the committee, Councillor Glendon Harris, outlined that the infirmary has always been a priority of the Parish Council.

As such he said, the Council has been exploring ways to make improvements to the facility.  He pointed to the recent security breach at the St. Mary infirmary, noting that the incident has heightened the issue of securing the compound in St. James.

Mayor Harris informed that the Labour Day work at the facility will, therefore, involve an extension to the present perimeter wall, by approximately 300 feet.

“Putting labour into Labour Day doesn’t have to go in accordance with what the national theme is, what is necessary to be done, and what will impact the most on people’s lives are what is necessary,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Harris pointed out that the problem of informal settlers now living on a portion of the property will also be addressed.