Rural development is integral to Jamaica’s prosperity – Cuthbert-Flynn | New

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT (MP) for West Rural St Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, says rural development must be an integral part of the government’s prosperity agenda for Jamaica.

“To enable West Rural St Andrew to thrive, the focus must be on water, roads, security and access to appropriate infrastructure,” she said in her contribution to the debate on Tuesday. the state of the constituency in the House of Representatives.

The second-term MP said it was no secret that her constituency suffered from “major water issues”, which include frequent water blockages that last for days or even months.

Since being elected in 2016, Cuthbert-Flynn said he has made access to water a priority, with the recent construction of a community reservoir and upgrade to a pumping station that will help bolster water supplies. water in the Cavaliers region.

The MP added that tanks will be purchased for the Cavaliers and Mount Airy district in the Brandon Hill division, which will serve residents and those around Mount Prospect, New Garden, Mount James and Mountain Spring.

“I am happy to state also that we will see pipeline upgrades in the Padmore areas of the Red Hills District…The National Water Commission has been working hard to upgrade the pipelines in the constituency and focus on counting new customers, and I welcome these efforts,” she said.

Cuthbert-Flynn told parliament that the $800 million Essex Hall water project, which will solve the long-running water crisis at Lawrence Tavern, Burnt Shop in Border, is on track.

She said when completed, it is expected to produce 0.75 million imperial gallons of drinking water per day, which will serve around 20,000 residents.

“Water for all of these communities must be a priority for sustainable development and I look forward to more communities being upgraded with larger pipelines and a consistent water supply,” she said.

Meanwhile, the MP said her constituency has an extensive network of roads which are heavily used on a daily basis and are in disrepair.

She said that several road repairs had been undertaken in all four divisions and that since its presentation last year, an estimate of $103.6 million had been prepared for the complete rehabilitation of the road from Mount Salus to East Kirkland Heights to Red Hills.

Cuthbert-Flynn, who is also Minister of State for Health and Welfare, assured her constituents that their complaints had not fallen on deaf ears and pledged to continue to do so. pressure on their behalf.

She called on the Government to ensure that the full rehabilitation of the main thoroughfare from Manor Park to Toms River, St Mary’s is included in plans for the next financial year.

“This road is a major network and does not just pass through my constituency, but connects five MPs in this house to their constituencies,” she said.

The MP named the following roads as needing attention: Belvedere to Red Hills, Seaview Road to Stony Hill, Temple Hall to Border to Lawrence Tavern Square and Mount Ogle to Tavern. She added that all Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) routes needed “serious attention”.

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