St. James Parish Council to Improve Sidewalk Access for Physically Challenged

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  • The St. James Parish Council will be spending $15 million to improve access to sidewalks along major thoroughfares in Montego Bay, particularly for persons who are physically challenged.
  • Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, told participants at the recently held Jamaica Inclusive Education Conference, in Montego Bay, that the project, which is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will begin as soon as the procurement process is completed.
  • He said a number of sidewalks along thoroughfares, such as Barnett, St. James, Market, Union and Harbour Streets, will be repaired and retrofitted with ramps for persons using wheelchairs as well as others who are otherwise physically challenged.

The St. James Parish Council will be spending $15 million to improve access to sidewalks along major thoroughfares in Montego Bay, particularly for persons who are physically challenged.

Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, told participants at the recently held Jamaica Inclusive Education Conference, in Montego Bay, that the project, which is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), will begin as soon as the procurement process is completed.

He said a number of sidewalks along thoroughfares, such as Barnett, St. James, Market, Union and Harbour Streets, will be repaired and retrofitted with ramps for persons using wheelchairs as well as others who are otherwise physically challenged.

“Accessibility is one of the major components of this programme. We will be beautifying, making them more accessible to those with special needs. We hope to continue this programme for a while until all of the city of Montego Bay is accessible,” the Mayor said.

He noted that special emphasis will be placed on ensuring that the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Sam Sharpe Square is completely accessible to those with special needs. “We have received the quotes for the elevator and in short order that will be in,” the Mayor added.

Meanwhile, the Mayor said innovative ways must be found to ensure that members of the physically challenged community are fully integrated in programmes which are aimed at developing the country.

“Our differently abled community and those among us with special needs form a critical part of the structure of the Jamaican society that requires practical and innovative programmes for their full involvement in our efforts for growth,” he said.

The Mayor argued that the provision of facilities and programmes to aid members of the physically challenged community will put Jamaica on display as a civilised country, which caters for everyone.

“Our ability to provide the care and guidance for these individuals to participate in the development of our nation reflects our level of civilisation and highlights our ability to assimilate every human being, regardless of their challenges, into the thrust of accomplishing the Jamaican vision,” Mr. Harris said.

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