Drainage issue in Campbellville soon to be addressed

Drainage issue in Campbellville soon to be addressed

Georgetown, GINA, July 21, 2016

Residents in Campbellville, Georgetown will soon be relieved of drainage problems as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure is currently working along with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to address this issue.

A team of councillors from the M&CC, along with Community Coordinator, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Neilson McKenzie today, visited the communities of Bel Air Park, Section K, Campbellville, Lamaha Gardens and D’andrade Street, and Newton, Campbellville to assess the drainage problems that are affecting the communities.

Community Coordinator, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Neilson McKenzie, Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, Councillor Alfred Mentore, Councillor Phillip Smith and Councillor Akeem Peter assessing the drainage at Bel Air Park

Community Coordinator, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Neilson McKenzie, Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, Councillor Alfred Mentore, Councillor Phillip Smith and Councillor Akeem Peter assessing the drainage at Bel Air Park

Mc Kenzie told the media that the inspection was a “fact finding exercise to determine what are the persistent problems that have been plaguing these communities for a long while and how we could work together to remedy these situations to ensure that citizens benefit from improved drainage, improved desilting mechanisms to ensure the yards are not flooded, the streets are not flooded, the businesses are not flooded, and to ensure a better quality of life for all.”

McKenzie, Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, and Councillors, Alfred Mentore, Phillip Smith and Akeem Peter participated in the visit.

Silted drain in the Bel Air Park community

Silted drain in the Bel Air Park community

From observations, it was discovered that many of the drains in the communities are in a poor state and need urgent attention. The team first visited the Bel Air Park area and found that many of the drains were blocked with weeds and were heavily silted preventing proper drainage in the community.

When they visited Section K, Campbellville, this area had a similar issue. “It is a priority because it has been this way for a number of years,” McKenzie explained.

At Lamaha Gardens, even though the community is not in a bad state as the other areas work will be carried out McKenzie noted.

Blocked canal at Lamaha Garden

Blocked canal at Lamaha Garden

“We came to the Newton Area, D’andrade Street and this area we looking at the drainage system and we are looking to remedy this issue,” McKenzie said.

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure determined that there is need for proper drainage before the road is constructed. When it rains the street is heavily flooded due to the drainage issues, McKenzie explained.

Poor drainage at D’Andrade Street, Campbellville

Poor drainage at D’Andrade Street, Campbellville

“So we (are) looking at the drainage system and once that is remedied, we will amend very quickly these other issues,” McKenzie said.

Councillor Mentore said that the communities are in his constituencies and this is a fulfillment of his promise to the residents. The councillor said, “I will try my best at the council level to bring solution to their problems.”

Deplorable D’Andrade Street road

Deplorable D’Andrade Street road

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