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  • Attorney General and Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, says there are plans in place to spruce up the town of Falmouth.
  • Among the initiatives which will be undertaken are the Streetscape Enhancement project.
  • This will take place on Harbour Lane, Market Street, and Tharpe Street.

Attorney General and Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, says there are plans in place to spruce up the town of Falmouth.

Among the initiatives which will be undertaken are the Streetscape Enhancement project, which will involve: traffic management; proper signage to assist tourists; overhead lighting on decorative light posts; hanging plant baskets; major façade improvements; and attractive and colourful shops and kiosks.

He noted that this will take place on Harbour Lane, Market Street, and Tharpe Street.  In addition, the old Hampden Wharf will be developed to provide a clean artisan and craft village, as well as a small park.

Mr. Atkinson made the announcement during his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18.

The Attorney General also disclosed that the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is currently in the process of having Falmouth declared a resort area.

Mr. Atkinson also noted that the relocated Falmouth Market and a transportation centre are well into the procurement process, and that ground is expected to be broken later this year.

In the meantime, he said the Jamaica Emergency Employment (JEEP) has provided significant relief for unemployed persons in the constituency.

He also commended the Minister of Transport, Works, and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, for improvement projects undertaken on several roads.

“I will forever be grateful to him, on behalf of the people of Northern Trelawny, for setting up the Falmouth Committee, which meets regularly under the Chairmanship of Dr. Paul Robertson to address the divide or lack of nexus between the Falmouth Pier on one hand and the town of Falmouth and its people on the other hand,” he said.

The Falmouth Committee consist of representatives from the Port Authority of Jamaica; Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Trelawny Parish Council, National Works Agency (NWA), the National Water Commission (NWC), and the Jamaica Heritage Society, as well as Mr. Atkinson, as the Member of Parliament for North Trelawny.