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The St. Ann Parish Council is staging a series of town hall meetings to hear the concerns of residents and to discuss ways in which service to communities can be improved.
Secretary/Manager at the St. Ann Parish Council, Clinton Gordon, said that the meetings were in keeping with the need to reach out to communities and to encourage greater participation by residents in local government.
“Transparency, equity and participation are hallmarks of the new face of governance in local government. Eminent in that operation is how we involve our citizens in the process, how we interact with them, how we hear from them and how we communicate with them,” he stated.
He was addressing the second in the series of meetings held recently at the Anglican Church Hall in St. Ann’s Bay, where councillors, heads of departments and representatives of utility companies were on hand to respond to the queries and concerns of residents.
The main concern of residents at the meeting was the poor state of roads in areas such as Charles Town, Seville Heights and Windsor Heights.
Superintendent of Roads and Works, Ivor Earl, assured the residents that the Council was aware of the problem and was working to correct the situation. He explained that priority was being given to the “worst off” areas.
“We are aware of the problems but we ask that you, the residents, be patient as we do our best to make things better. Everybody wants their roads to be repaired and we understand that, but we cannot repair everybody’s road at the same time, so that is why we have to work on the roads as they appear on our list for attention,” he stated.
Eva Murdock, a resident of St. Ann’s Bay and former Council member, told JIS News that she was happy that the Council was conducting the meetings and reaching out to the people across the parish.
She however expressed disappointment with the low turnout of residents. “Ever so often, community members complain about the problems they face and when the opportunity arises for them to come and air their views they do not turn up,” Mrs. Murdock lamented, noting that the meeting was nevertheless informative and it was evident that persons benefited tremendously from the dialogue.

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