Drinking water in Licorish Village under threat – Prescod

Opposition parliamentarian Trevor Prescod has made an impassioned plea to the Freundel Stuart administration for urgent help in addressing the threat to the drinking water of the densely populated district of Licorish Village, St Michael.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Prescod complained about the scarcity of water in the community and suggested that the little water available was contaminated.

“All I want to do is make sure you get the contamination or the bacteria out of the water and allow people to be able to sleep at night comfortably,” he said.

The Member of Parliament for St Michael East also asked about plans to erect a reverse osmosis plant and a sewerage plant in Belle, St Michael, designed to tackle any potential contaminants to the water.

“I want to know if a reverse osmosis plant will be made available to us in St Michael East; that is what I want to hear about. My politics is Government and people. Probably one of the most densely populated areas in urban communities is Licorish Village [and] people can’t have access to water.

“I need to know something now about the sewage plant. I am told that you can’t just put in the reverse osmosis plant without putting in a sewage plant as well . . . one must compliment the other,” Prescod declared.

The Opposition legislator said he had tried to secure land from the National Housing Corporation for his constituents who might be in a water zone but none land was available, yet, he said, some residents were being threatened by bulldozers and the Town Planner.

“I don’t care who is the Government, I don’t care who is the Prime Minister, I don’t care who is the Leader of the Opposition. It is wrong and I am not going to entertain anybody including the Town Planner coming in my constituency and treating the people that I represent in that manner,” he declared.

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