St Catherine East Central MP Alando Terrelonge is urging state agencies to do more to develop infrastructure in parts of the constituency.
Terrelonge stressed that two communities in Gregory Park, known as Gulf and Mexico, need urgent attention. He said the areas “are threatened by the disease of violent crimes.”
“Madam President, there are two communities – the Gulf and Mexico – which have presented particularly difficult challenges to the police. Despite their best efforts, police are constrained by the labyrinth of zinc and ‘hectic’ escape routes in some communities that offenders use to evade the law, ”Terrelonge said.
He recently contributed to the debate on the state of the constituency in the House of Representatives.
The MP, who is also Minister of State for Culture, Gender, Recreation and Sports, said that “good community planning and the provision of decent housing are among the best tools we have in the fight against criminality”.
He said he would continue to work with partners from the National Housing Trust (NHT), the Jamaica Housing Agency and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in the hope that they are funding a “radical multi-million dollar project to tear down zinc fences.” of our communities, to rebuild our city centers and turn them into navigable communities that offer our people the peace and security they deserve ”.
Sections of Gregory Park have been rocked by violent crime, including several murders, in the past two months. The latest fatality is Police Sergeant Averel McCollin, who was shot and killed by a group of gunmen around 1.30am on September 19, while playing a game of dominoes on community premises.
A police vehicle is parked in Gregory Park in Sainte-Catherine following the murder of Police Sergeant Averel McCollin in September.
At least three other killings took place over the past two months, and police imposed several curfews in the area while maintaining a presence there.
Meanwhile, Terrelonge said his office launched zinc fence removal and beautification projects in Gregory Park and Newlands last year – giving those communities a facelift.
“We cleaned 25 drains across the riding and launched education campaigns to educate our residents about the dangers of dumping garbage in our drains and waterways,” he said.
“I am doing my part to build a proud riding. I ask the National Works Agency to help us. We need concrete drainage systems to provide more sustainable and sanitary solutions. We desperately need concrete drains in West Cumberland, ”argued Terrelonge.
The MP is also calling for better roads in the community of Hamilton Gardens.
He said: “We are planning to start road works at Hamilton Gardens, Lime Tree Grove, Southborough, Caymanas Gardens Site A and D. I call on the respective agencies to help us complete the work as we build our pillars towards the prosperity. “