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  • Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, has urged residents of Rocky Point, Clarendon, to find innovative and creative ways to encourage business in their community.
  • Mayor Barnswell was speaking at the official ceremony to hand over the newly constructed Rocky Point Market, in the community on April 12.
  • The Mayor thanked the Jamaica Social Investment fund (JSIF) for facilitating the construction of the market.

Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Scean Barnswell, has urged residents of Rocky Point, Clarendon, to find innovative and creative ways to encourage business in their community.

Mayor Barnswell was speaking at the official ceremony to hand over the newly constructed Rocky Point Market, in the community on April 12.

Meanwhile, the Mayor thanked the Jamaica Social Investment fund (JSIF) for facilitating the construction of the market, which the Parish Council has leased to the Rocky Point Development Council Benevolent Association, for $55,000 per month.

“Today we are here to hand over the market to the Rocky Point Development Council Benevolent Association, and the Parish Council is expecting that good management practices will be undertaken to make the market operation a successful one,” Mayor Barnswell said.

He noted that the Council wants to move towards the best practice model of community ownership, but this can only happen if there is partnership with the citizens.

The Mayor said the Council has great hope for the project, because it has been undertaken in a community and for a group of citizens, renowned for industry, resilience, and tenacity. “It has been pursued on the important principle of community buy in, participation and empowerment,” he said.

“Rocky Point deserves this because it is a rural community and rural development should be a priority in any credible development plan that local authorities fashion,” he said.

He explained that the lease agreement sets out all the technical terms of the contract, with the Rocky Point Development Council Benevolent Association, and charged the group to effectively maintain the market building.

In his remarks, President of the Association, Arthur Coleman said a three-member sub-committee has been formed to ensure that the rules and regulations of the market are maintained.

“This committee will have responsibility for inspecting the building and compound on a weekly basis to see if it has been cleaned properly, garbage was disposed of properly, no defacing of walls, and checking fixtures and the perimeter fence, and also overhauling the books,” he explained

Mr. Coleman further informed that a market manager, clerk, janitor, and two watchmen, will be employed.

“I have no doubt that this complex will be managed and maintained,” he said.