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Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, has commended the island’s parish councils for their “resilience and determination” in fulfilling their mandates in 2012/13, and their performance so far, for the current fiscal year.

Making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 11, Mr. Arscott said that a significant number of councils “have exceeded their expectations”.

Among those highlighted, was the Westmoreland Parish Council, which the Minister said, spent just over $5 million to improve a minor water supply system.

Additionally, he advised that the St. Elizabeth Parish Council initiated the delivery of over 3,000 loads of water to some 280 communities that were impacted by severe drought conditions earlier this year.

The Minister informed that several councils also undertook maintenance work on parish catchment and wayside tanks, while the Clarendon Parish Council initiated the installation of several tanks to serve 10 communities.

Mr. Arscott said that with the Ministry’s help, “we expect that others will follow suit.”

Contact: Douglas McIntosh