The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, is advancing work under the Zinc Fence Removal Project for which some $42 million has been allocated.
Minister with responsibility for Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 21, informed that the money was made available through the Petro Caribe Fund, under the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP).
He said the Government is committed to eliminating zinc fencing from sections of some communities, particularly those in the Corporate Area.
“Zinc fencing has become a feature of many inner city communities, which isn’t commensurate with the pride that ought to be afforded to our citizens wherever they live,” he stated.
Dr. Guy said the general scope of works entails removing the existing zinc fences and replacing them with concrete block walls 1.8 metres high, reinforced with steel. He said that priority has been given to areas “where the need is most manifest at this time”.
The Minister informed that seven fences have been completely replaced along Payne Avenue in South West St. Andrew while work on 16 others along Uganda and Lagos Avenues, also in the constituency, have already commenced.
He informed that the project has been extended to improve the security of students at places of learning, with $3.5 million spent to extend and strengthen the perimeter wall at the Trench Town Comprehensive High School. The works are almost complete.
Success Basic School in Central Kingston is also benefitting from the programme where $2.7 million was allocated for the construction of a concrete block retaining boundary wall. That project is also near completion, Dr. Guy informed.
“Plans are in place to have the programme extended to Haile Selassie Avenue, 263 Spanish Town Road, Maxfield Avenue and Bedward Gardens,” he said.
Contact: Chris Patterson