Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, is urging investors who build structures in the parish to conform with the Parish Council’s regulations, or face the consequence of those buildings being shut down and demolished, and sanctions imposed.
Addressing a Mayor’s Forum in Falmouth on April 29, Mr. Gager said the Trelawny Parish Council is no longer prepared to tolerate the scant regard being shown to the local authority.
“I am concerned and very upset with the attitude of some investors who come into Trelawny and the scant regard they are showing to the local authority. In recent times the Council has to be placing stop orders on a number of constructions, where developers have failed to conform with the Parish Council’s regulations. I don’t know if they have been doing so out of sheer ignorance or whether it is deliberate, but my warning is, those who have ears to hear, better listen,” he said.
Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Dr. Patrick Harris, making his contribution to a Mayor’s Forum, held in Falmouth, Trelawny, on April 29.
“Any development, be it commercial or otherwise that is found to be in breach of the Parish Council’s regulations, will face the strongest actions of the Council. If you start to build without the requisite permit from the Council and other agencies of government, you are on your own. We will be demolishing the structures and we might even look at imposing stiffer sanctions by not granting a permit to you in the future for any kind of development. I have no intention to lead this Council and accept this kind of ‘bare faced, don’t care’ approach to the regulations which govern orderly development of this parish,” the Mayor warned.
Citing the massive infrastructural development of the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier, at a cost of $7.5 billion, Mayor Gager commended the contractors for the “tireless and disciplined” programme of work being undertaken since the commencement of construction over a year ago.
“I want to commend the contractors, sub-contractors and workers, especially those from the parish of Trelawny, you have been doing a great job, without anyone questioning your competence and capabilities,” he said.
He called on the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which was now officially represented in the parish, to ensure that the citizens were integrally engaged in the programmes of work now being undertaken.
Government Senator, Dennis Meadows, speaking at the Mayor’s Forum, held in Falmouth, Trelawny, on April 29.
“There are sufficiently skilled persons in the parish who can undertake this responsibility. We need to better utilise the skills that we have here in Trelawny. We need to educate and inform our people about what we are doing at all times and the only way we can do this, is through effective communication,” Mayor Gager said.