Gov’t turns attention to developing Spanish Town

Gov’t turns attention to developing Spanish Town

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has outlined plans to make infrastructural repairs and improvements to the historic old capital, Spanish Town, in St Catherine.

Allocation for the improvement work has been made in the 2019-2020 Estimates of Expenditure, a recent release from the Office of the Prime Minister has said.

Speaking on Sunday in Spanish Town at the ‘Ten Thousand Men and their Families March’, which was organised by the churches in the community, Prime Minister Holness said significant repairs will be made to the roads within the town centre and adjoining communities, as well as infrastructural development, including to buildings.

Prime Minister Holness believes that Spanish Town should be a centre of knowledge for visitors and citizens alike to garner a wealth of history about the famous town, the release said.

“You have so many heritage sites that in any other country, this little town would be a tourist destination. There are not many towns within the Caribbean that has the architecture, Victorian and later, that Spanish Town has, and it is a sad thing to see it deteriorating and the citizens not getting the full value of the history.

“The real estate that the prison is on, is valuable estate, and it could well be a museum or some other attraction and, in time, these things will be done,” Prime Minister Holness is quoted.

In the meantime, the prime minister said he has noted that with the discontinuation of the state of public emergency, crime and violence is trending upwards. He outlined the Government’s commitment to restore law and order in Spanish Town.

“The justice system must now split justice and send a signal to the criminal that they cannot maraud through Jamaica and get away with it. I want you to know that I will do everything in my power, and I want you know that I’m trying very hard to ensure that you are safe. It is not an easy job, but we are not daunted, and we will not give up because we know we are right,” said Holness.

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