CH&PA to look into La Harmonie residents’ concerns

GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Adams-Patterson has promised La Harmonie residents that government has not forgotten them. The Ministry’s officials will soon be in the community to address their concerns.

Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Adams- Patterson

Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibility for Housing, Valerie Adams- Patterson

The Management Committee of La Harmonie’s Community Development Council (CDC) visited Minister Adams-Patterson on November 8, and shared some of the many challenges that residents face. During that meeting, the Minister committed to visit the community accompanied by a team from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA.)

When the Minister and team attempted to visit the community today, they were unable to, due to the deplorable and impassable state of the road, which was not helped by early morning showers.

Following the attempted visit, the Minister told the Government Information Agency (GINA), that she will encourage Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson to examine in what way he could bring some relief to the community. “I believe that if the road is done, because they have a lot of vacant lands, we would probably be able to influence population growth in the

One of the vehicles carrying the Minister and team navigating one of the few passable sections of the La Harmonie road

One of the vehicles carrying the Minister and team navigating one of the few passable sections of the La Harmonie road

area,” the Minister said.

Minister Adams-Patterson said that she plans to return to the community and assess the situation as part of providing interventions to the many other concerns raised by the CDC. “They feel as though they are a community forgotten, but I want to encourage them that this, APNU+AFC (A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change) administration, we are not forgetting anybody. We might not be able to touch every community in this first one-and-a-half year, but we are coming your way,” the Minister committed.

In addition to the state of the road, other issues the CDC hopes to have the Ministry address include the state of the community’s multi-purpose building. The building is still without water and electricity though it has been in existence for many years.

La Harmonie is a six-mile stretch from Veebu to Georgia on the West Bank of Demerara, Region Three.  The population of the farming community, which was once home to over 60 residents, has dwindled due to the lack of infrastructure, including roads.

 

By: Macalia Santos

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