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  • Construction will begin shortly on a new fire station in Port Maria, St. Mary at a cost of US$1 million.
  • The fire station is one of three to be constructed this year as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Project, funded by the World Bank.
  • The others are to be built in Yallahs, St. Thomas; and Montego Bay, St. James.

Construction will begin shortly on a new fire station in Port Maria, St. Mary at a cost of US$1 million.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, made the announcement yesterday (February 17), while addressing a ceremony to open a recently rehabilitated road in the Lyndale Housing Scheme in the parish.

The fire station is one of three to be constructed this year as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Project, funded by the World Bank. The others are to be built in Yallahs, St. Thomas; and Montego Bay, St. James.

The Minister also informed that a new market will be built in Port Maria at a cost of $40 million. He said the project, which will be undertaken in phases, “will start very soon.”

The Lyndale Housing Scheme road was rehabilitated by the St. Mary Parish Council at a cost of over $13 million through funds provided by the Local Government Ministry.

Mr. Arscott commended the residents for setting an “excellent example” in being property tax compliant, which allowed them to benefit from the road improvement project.

Lyndale is in the top six in terms of property tax compliance across the island at a rate of more than 80 per cent. Residents have consistently paid their property tax over the last three years.

“I want to congratulate you for your civic duty,” Minister Arscott said.

Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Levan Freeman; Councillor for the Richmond Division, Richard Creary; and Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary,

Dr. Winston Green, all welcomed the initiative and praised the community members for their high level of property tax compliance.

Over the past four years, the Ministry, in partnership with the local authorities, has refurbished and built over 1,500 kilometres of roads across Jamaica at a cost of $4 billion.