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  • The Mayor informed that some of the facilities to be repaired include: Heywood Street (market), Constant Spring Arcade, Pearnel Charles Arcade and the Stony Hill market.
  • Repairing bathrooms and garbage bays within the markets will result in a cleaner environment for both vendors and shoppers.
  • The Mayor emphasised that the sanitary conveniences are of critical importance in the facilities.

Repairs will be carried out at several markets and arcades across Kingston and St. Andrew this year, says Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Angela Brown Burke.

Making the announcement at the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), at its Church Street chambers, in downtown Kingston, on January 14, the Mayor informed that some of the facilities to be repaired include: Heywood Street (market), Constant Spring Arcade, Pearnel Charles Arcade and the Stony Hill market.

She added that repairing bathrooms and garbage bays within the markets will result in a cleaner environment for both vendors and shoppers.

“We have some work that we have committed to do on Heywood Street…so we are doing that. We had also given some undertaking to look at the Constant Spring Arcade and to repair the bathroom,” the Mayor said.

“There are some outstanding issues at the Pearnel Charles Arcade that we need to (address). We are also looking at the Stony Hill Market and are in discussion as to what can happen there,” she told journalists.

The Mayor emphasised that the sanitary conveniences are of critical importance in the facilities. “We really want to take the bathrooms one by one, going through all our markets, because we believe that anywhere there is a market or arcade, we should have a bathroom with acceptable standards,” she said.

Mrs. Brown Burke noted that the work is a continuation of gains made last year to restore several facilities across Kingston and St. Andrew. “We did some work on the bathrooms in Queens and we did some work in Papine,” she added.

The Mayor said the matter of garbage collection within the markets is also a matter of significance.

“We want to make sure we have a clean, safe and viable place to shop. As Jamaicans, we need to show pride in our surroundings, as we grew up believing that cleanliness is next to Godliness. We can’t throw that out now,” she emphasised.