Latest Jamaica News (McKoy’s News): Rural Jamaicans Demand Housing Schemes – Even as Prime Minister Andrew Holness continues to declare what he says is his Government’s committed to solving Jamaica’s housing and land settlement issues, some folk in rural communities are dissatisfied that they have been left out, as most of the emphasis has been placed on Kingston and other urban centres such as Montego Bay.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James on Friday, the Prime Minister, his administration holds the strongest record in housing and the National Housing Trust (NHT) is on track to build 22,000 homes by the end of this financial year, the most housing solutions built by a single administration.
He also said that in less than a decade the Government will be able to solve the housing and settlement problems in Jamaica. However, for Peter Christie the Prime Minister’s assurances are not able to solve his immediate housing woes.
“Need some housing development in St. Elizabeth. As a young teacher I cannot get a house or piece of land to buy,” he told the Prime Minister in response to a post on the Prime Minister’s official Facebook post.
“This is great. Please now consider rural areas also,” Neshalla Hanson said while St. Catherine resident Sherril Ellis posted: “Mr Holness when are you coming to bog walk with housing solutions somewhere to live?”
For her part, Doreen Dyer expressed concern about the road network and transport system and called for concomitant bus service system to accompany whichever new developments are to take place. She cited the Helshire area in St. Catherine where inadequate provisions were made.
“Congratulations indeed. But please be mindful that we need public transportation in these areas for example in the Hellshire area. The numbers one bus serviced other areas before its final stop in Hellshire. We the people in Hellshire are presently deprived of adequate buses especially in the evenings to reach our destination,” she said.
According to the Prime Minister, the NHT is now on track to build 22,000 housing solutions by the end of this financial year. He said the Housing Agency of Jamaica which was on his “chopping block” due to being plagued by corruption, had seen a turn-around for the better, moving from a loss-making agency with bad audit reports to an agency that is about to make a surplus and one that has now started to deliver housing solutions at the price point that people can afford.
A mixture of 754 one to three-bedroom townhouses, apartment, and single-family units are being built by the Housing Agency of Jamaica at Rhyne Park Estate in St. James. The project will be completed in three years.
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