September 24, 2020
St Barnabas MP Shanendon Cartwright is lauding the recent road paving exercise in his constituency, noting such works are examples of the government spending tax dollars “wisely”.
Mr. Cartwright said, “Particularly in the over the hill areas it is very important for any government to continue to show that the taxpayers’ dollars are being spent wisely particularly for infrastructure.”
“And nothing reflects a governments efficiency in my view than its ability to make sure that the infrastructure is maintained, and improvements are being made so whether it’s paving of roads or establishing sidewalks. Anything in that lane is vitally important so the people know that their tax paying dollars are working.”
The MP said the people in the constituency of St. Barnabas have been very appreciative of responsive the Ministry of Public Works has been.
“Anytime the residents make myself aware or the ministry aware directly of various need they have been addressed. Some projects obviously weather permitting or impacts of when it’s completed but overall the response to how the Ministry of Works has conducted the affairs and all the public works issues has been embraced now by the people of St. Barnabas,” he said.
Works Minister the Honourable T. Desmond Bannister said the safety of residents, motorist and pedestrians is the Ministry of Public Works top priority.
“A major benefit of newly paved roads is the reduction in erosion and maintenance. Properly paved roads enhance these qualities, especially maintenance. Smooth roads are safer to drive on, rough or uneven surfaces can result in car damage or worst traffic accidents,” he noted. “A well paved road can be maintenance free for years after construction. The Ministry is working diligently on improving roads and sidewalks throughout the island.”
The Ministry canvassed the St. Barnabas area and spoke to a number of residents who applauded the government for the works being done in their community.
St. Barnabas resident Nelson Bowe said he felt very good knowing that the government is engaging in projects that will benefit the community and the people at large.
“The road works being done in my area is quite good especially Coconut Grove Avenue which was deteriorating quite a bit and the government came in and made some repairs there that made the road a lot safer for residents, motorist and pedestrians so I feel very well about that,” he said.
Donella Thompson, St. Barnabas resident said the Ministry of Public Works is doing a good job repairing the issues within their constituency.
She said, “I’m very happy that the road works were done because it was inconvenience to the residents particularly when it would rain. But I do feel like the Ministry of Public Works is doing a good thing and I thank God it’s done.”