JIS News

A sum of $8 million has been allocated for the construction of a transportation centre at Spalding in northwest Clarendon.
Portia Simpson Miller, Minister of Local Government, Community Development and Sport, made the announcement at Wednesday’s (Oct.22) meeting of the Clarendon Parish Development Committee (CPDC) held at the Spalding United Church.
She said the new transportation centre would accommodate about 20 minibuses and 28 taxis and was expected to ease traffic congestion and improve organization in the town.
Minister Simpson-Miller stressed that the facility was not to be used as a parking lot. “I want to challenge the Mayor, the councillors, and all the officials in the parish to ensure that it is used for its intended purpose so that we can receive value for every cent that is spent to construct it,” she stated.
In a JIS News interview, Member of Parliament for Northwest Clarendon, Richard Azan, said that the request for the construction of the centre had been submitted to the Ministry in March this year.
He said the design for the facility was completed and work should begin by November.
Residents of the communities of Spalding, Alston, Bailleston, Santa Hill, Spaulding Hill, Bryants Land, Kyle and Nine Mile are expected to benefit from the development.

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