‘Green’ lights for Linden

— Linden Mayor and Town Council spearheads initiative to improve street lighting

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 5, 2019   

The Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is taking steps to implement energy-saving measures across the mining town. One such move is the replacement of old street lights with new solar-powered lights.

Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arrindell has been leading the efforts to improve night-time visibility while helping to make the town greener. She told the Department of Public Information (DPI) approximately 350 street lights were donated to the LM&TC by the Ministry of Communities and distribution has already commented in eight constituencies.

“We have started in Constituency 5 in Wismar; however, each constituency counsellor has received their streetlights and is expected to ensure their installation. My council has been working closely with the Mackenzie electricity service provider, Linden Electricity Company Incorporated and the Wismar provider the Linden Utility Services Coop Society Limited [LUSCSL] to ensure this is done.”

While noting her appreciation for the assistance of the companies, Mayor Arrindell also highlighted that lights have already been installed in Silvertown, Green Valley, and Canvas City. She added that installation exercises will be conducted in the second week of July in West Watooka and One Mile, which would complete Constituency 5’s light installation.

“There is also going to be a focus on the Silvertown Community Centre Ground where we are going to install four lights around that ground to cater to persons who practise football and basketball in the night,” she said.

Residents are happy with the installation of the street lights.

Virgil McBean, of the Silvertown Community Development Council (CDC), gave the council’s commitment to having a continued working relationship. “I’d like to thank Mayor Arrindell; we’ve received the lights, and they’re up on the posts. We, the CDC of Silvertown, are looking forward to working with you on the community’s further development.”

Pleased that her community is on its way to being well lit, resident of Canvas City, Shundel Minty also commended the Mayor and Town Council on behalf of her area.

Mayor Arrindell noted that the government’s initiative ensures that not only are the communities in Linden better lit, but the environment also benefits.

Images: Stephon Gabriel