Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Garth Wilkinson, is reporting that the Trelawny Parish Council achieved a $1.9 million surplus during the last financial year, without cutting back on critical services to the residents.
Highlighting the surplus at the monthly meeting of the Council on May 9, the Mayor pointed out that the main focus during the year was on the rehabilitation of roads in all nine Divisions.
He noted that the Council rehabilitated some 12 kilometres of roadway, with each Councillor doing at least one kilometre of parochial road.
“We had a surplus, because we were prudent in the way we managed the affairs of the Council,” Councillor Wilkinson said.
The Mayor said that the road from Falmouth to Rock was an urgent priority for the Council, as “there was serious erosion taking place along that roadway, and we got that road fixed.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Wilkinson explained that work will be done at the Clarke’s Town Market with the priority being the addition of a transportation centre to ease traffic congestion. He informed that the town serves as a major link to other town centres and parishes.
“We are going to upgrade Burwood Beach, and put in a play area and parking. The beach must be readily available to the public, as it is the only public beach that we have in the parish and we have to make it work, and work well for the citizens,” he said.
Mayor Wilkinson also reported that the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has been invited to be an “integral” part of the Council, to ensure that agriculture gets full attention from the Councillors.
The Mayor is also calling for investment in ginger production, and orchard crops for the local and export markets.
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