Town Hall Meeting - Old Harbour High School
A Town Hall Meeting was hosted by The St. Catherine Municipal Corporation at the Old Harbour High School, South Street, Old Harbour on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, where stakeholderswere invited to participate in discussions on compliance and other matters relating to Old Harbour Town.
Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission, Samuel Heron moderated. He informed attendants that in keeping with the commitment of the Corporation and agencies represented, their questions and concerns would be addressed as best as possible.
Chairman of the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation and Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott in his greeting, said the Corporation was pleased to have initiated a meeting of this nature for Old Harbour where the topical issues affecting the township could be aired and solutions given where possible.
Among the panelists were the Police,Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP) and Ministry of Health. Present too were St. Catherine Municipal Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Andre Griffiths and his team; Councillors Lloyd Grant and Steve Graham, Old Harbour South and Central Divisions respectively.Community groups, business owners, vendors, taxi operators, trade and commercial services workers came out in their numbers.
Other issues discussed included:
- The purpose of JACAP and its relevance in the entertainment industry
- Traffic congestion in the town and how this can be alleviated.
- The state of the roads
- Inconsistent/infrequent garbage collection
- The need for private parking facility
- Illegal removal of Directional Signs
- Dengue outbreak
- Revenue collection
Following a vibrant and spirited discussion the meeting ended with Mayor Scott assuring the gathering that their concerns and recommendations would be given careful consideration by the Municipality, and all efforts would be made to find amicable solutions where possible. He also indicated that follow-up meetings would be held to provide an update on the progress made.