Repair work has started on the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, St. James, with funding from the European Union (EU), under its Banana Support Programme.
The objective is to make the facility more attractive to the public and to lift the standard under which the parish’s major market is being operated.
According to Manager of the Charles Gordon Market, Serriow McIntosh, the rehabilitation works, which will benefit thousands of persons from Western Jamaica, commenced in mid-February and should be completed during the last week in April.
“The refurbishing works should include the creation of an entrance at the foremost building facing Fustic Road, repairs to the entire roofing of the facility and also the removal of all old and defective stalls on the compound,” Mr. McIntosh informed.
St. James is among six parishes to have received EU funding for the enhancement of their markets. The other parishes are: St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary, St. Catherine and Clarendon.
Residents of St. James continue to benefit greatly from the collaborative efforts between the St. James Parish Council and the European Union. The relationship has so far resulted in both the Sweetwater Road in Catadupa and the Industry Road in Somerton, St. James being extensively rehabilitated. The Kensington Community Centre and Basic School also benefited from major renovation and improvement in April of 2010.
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