JIS News

Scores of volunteers from various organisations in Spanish Town participated in a two-day clean-up of the town over the week-end, aimed at restoring civic pride among the people, and encouraging investments by the business community.
Donning T-shirts marked ‘Clean up Spanish Town’, over 400 persons cleaned the drains; cleaned and painted walls; swept, bushed and painted kerbs; and removed debris from the streets.
The volunteers were drawn from organisations such as the Kiwanis Club of St. Catherine and Caymanas Business District, the National Youth Service, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), the National Works Agency, the Fire Brigade, the Vendors’ Association, the Police Academy and Social Development Commission, Region 5.
“I feel wonderful, because as a citizen of Spanish Town, I want to see my city clean. We need some tourists here and anything to get them here, I am for it,” President of the Kiwanis Club of Caymanas Business District, Beulah Bartholomew told JIS News. Mrs. Bartholomew and seven members of the club cleaned a wall along Burke Road that was filled with stickers.
Another volunteer, Clive Morrison, who is a student at the Police Academy, Twickenham Park said that he joined the clean-up exercise because he wanted to “make a difference in the town and to help to build a better Jamaica”.
Chairperson for Community Development in Spanish Town, Jennifer Heron told JIS News she was hoping that by “changing the face of the first capital”, some of the violence and crime would be reduced. She informed that containers donated by the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce would be placed at strategic locations in the town to collect garbage. Co-ordinator of the event and SDC Officer, Patrick Watson told JIS News that work teams consisting of 25 to 35 persons were involved in bushing, sweeping and cleaning drains along Burke Road, White Church, Ellis, Nugent, Martin and Young Streets during the first day of the exercise. They were assisted by workers from the NWA and the NSWMA, who helped to clean the drains and remove large debris.
On Burke Road, a number of manholes were also covered by the NWA and no-parking areas were painted. This activity was supervised by Officers from the Spanish Town Police Department, who guided the volunteers, while helping to maintain the traffic flow.
Congested areas such as the Spanish Town market and Adelaide and Young Streets were cleaned today (Sunday, November 21).
Funding for the project was provided by the National Commercial Bank, Hi-Lo Supermarket and the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport. The two-day event was organised by the SDC, Region 5.