JIS News

The St. Ann Parish Council continues to improve the facilities in Ocho Rios, which are used by the citizens on a daily basis.
One such facility is the Ocho Rios Market, which has been upgraded to accommodate vendors in an environment that is conducive to business transactions.
Commercial Services Manager at the Council, Ian Boyd-Brown told JIS News that late last year the Council embarked on a programme geared towards the upliftment of the Ocho Rios market district.
“Work has been carried out at a total cost of over $4 million. A paved solid waste holding area was established to the southeast end of the market, along with a weekly washing schedule for the area. The paving of the itinerant section of the market was also done. The chain-linked fence of the market was refurbished and new garbage skips for the market were purchased. All these were done to improve the area,” he said.
He also noted that the Council has simultaneously done a number of projects to ensure sustainability of the efforts in the upliftment process.
Mr. Boyd-Brown explained that a partnership has been formed with the vendors in the market to ensure that the facilities that have been put in place were well protected, and that a number of meetings have been held with the vendors to keep them informed at all times.
He said the Council was planning a training session for the vendors in collaboration with the St. Ann Health Department, to provide them with appropriate information to be better partners in the process.
“The Council has committed itself to a process of continuous improvement in the Ocho Rios market district as part of a general policy of improving all our market districts within St. Ann. This evident by the on- going work in the refurbishing and improvement of both the St. Ann’s Bay and Brown’s Town markets,” he added.

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