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  • Enthusiasm was high among a group of 65 persons on Friday morning, May 23, at the Bethel Town Community Centre and Basic School in eastern Westmoreland.
  • The facility was chosen as the parish’s Labour Day project for 2014.
  • Leading the large group of workers were Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, and Chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Bertel Moore; and Councillor for the area, Deputy Mayor, Danree Delancey.

Enthusiasm was high among a group of 65 persons on Friday morning, May 23, at the Bethel Town Community Centre and Basic School in eastern Westmoreland, as men, women and children turned out from as early as 8:00 a.m. to refurbish and beautify the building.

The facility was chosen as the parish’s Labour Day project for 2014.

Activities including the replacement of the roof and laying of a new ceiling; eradication of insects; and the refurbishing of windows and doors and painting of the building, were carried out under the national theme, ‘Take a stand … beautify our land’.

Leading the large group of workers were Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, and Chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Bertel Moore; and Councillor for the area, Deputy Mayor, Danree Delancey.

“There is quite a bit of work to be done here as we are changing the roof and replacing the ceiling …we are (also) going to paint the building…we are really going to rehabilitate this community centre, because there is quite a number of children who come to school here,”  Mayor Moore told JIS News.

He expressed satisfaction with the large number of residents who are working on the project.

“I am very pleased to see the way they are working. I have given the Councillor my commitment that if the work is not completed today, we will be back here on Saturday to close off and complete the project,” Mayor Moore assured.

Meanwhile, Councillor Delancey expressed satisfaction at the quality of the work being carried out on the facility, noting that pre-Labour Day activities had completed over 65 per cent of the project.

He noted that approximately $460,000 will be spent on the project, expressing appreciation to all contributors and volunteers.

“This project is expected to have a positive impact on the entire community, as this building is like a monument for the community,” he remarked.

Councillor Delancey said there was a genuine need for the facelift and repairs. “I believe that has resulted in the turn-out to the project this year and I am confident that this structure will be more conducive to the teaching-learning process,” he said.

Meanwhile, in St. Elizabeth, the Maggoty Police Station was selected as the parish project.

According to the Communication and Outreach Manager at the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, Carla Morris, all the projects have received “tremendous support” from private and public sector companies. She said work on all the projects had commenced early, and was progressing satisfactorily.

Ms. Morris expressed appreciation for the level of financial support the committee had received, of which some $500,000 was been allocated for the parish project.

She informed that the scope of work being carried out at the police station include the replacement of the floor and ceiling; installation of windows; establishment of  a new female bathroom, and general painting of the exterior of the building.

Ms. Morris further reported that pre-Labour Day work had commenced as early as Wednesday on all the registered projects, with the aim of completing them on Labour Day.

All Members of Parliament for the parish are participating in activities across the constituencies, as well as the parish project.

More than 60 projects have been registered in Westmoreland while 16 have been registered for St. Elizabeth.

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