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  • Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson has called for patience as the government continues with its development programme for the town.
  • Mayor Wilkinson pointed out that the Council is in dialogue with other agencies and stakeholders, with which it has partnered for the improvements.
  • Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill outlined to the nation, a number of enhancements to, and plans for, the town.

Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson has encouraged Trelawny parishioners living overseas, as well as locals, to exercise patience as the Government, and the Parish Council, addresses the challenges facing the historical town.

He was addressing Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA) at its 33rd annual reunion and picnic held at the Bear Mountain Park in upstate New York on Sunday, May 25.

“We understand the frustration…however, we are asking for your patience as well as your assistance towards making our town the beauty it can be,” the Mayor assured.

He noted that with the advent of the cruise ship pier, many a persons’ expectations had escalated.  However, he called for patience as the government continues with its development programme for the town.

Mayor Wilkinson pointed out that the Council is in dialogue with the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Urban Development Corporation, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and other agencies and stakeholders, with which it has partnered for the improvements.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, on Tuesday, May 27, outlined to the nation, a number of enhancements to, and plans for, the town. This includes the Hampden Wharf Development, which will create an open experience that will accommodate craft vendors and other business people from the town.

The development will feature restaurants, an entertainment centre and shops in an inviting environment that harmonises with the development at the pier. The budget for this project is $585 million.

Additionally, he informed, the Falmouth Streetscape Project will involve aesthetic and structural improvement to roads and lanes in the vicinity of Water Square, thereby enhancing the ambiance in Falmouth town.  Some $330 million has been budgeted for this project.

“We have made certain, as in all our developments to date, that consultation with the stakeholders has been central to the development of the projects.   This is done to ensure that there is buy-in from the broader community into all the work that is undertaken,” the Tourism Minister stated.