The Rundown Environment of Cross Roads
In recent years Cross Roads has run down, especially environmentally.
For a major section of our city, the entrance to uptown and also to downtown, it is unfortunate that the sanitary condition remains as it is, but the authorities do not care.
Cross Roads is far cry from the Cross Roads of twenty years ago. It has become a dirty place in which there is no organised municipal action to make it a conducive place to work and live.
This is the only section of our city which has significant commerce and a preponderance of vermin and vectors invading property, and businesses such as restaurants operating on a rat infested gully.
One wonders where is the municipal body in ensuring that Cross Roads operates within the ambit of the environmental laws and town planning act.
What is also of deep concern is the presence of the political representative. He or she to my knowledge has never shown his/her face in the Cross Roads environ currently or in previous political regimes.
While some may say Cross Roads is no special case, I beg to disagree. Cross Roads has a place in our urban culture. It was more significant than many parts of the city and it represented the best Kingston and St. Andrew had to offer in the past and even presently – the best cinema , the Carib, the State, Regal, Nuttall Hospital, Imperial Optical, NEPA, HAJ, The Association for the Deaf, the historic Cross Roads Market, the iconic Cross Roads Post Office, St. Hugh’s High School, the Volvo Dealership and major commercial banks.
It is commendable that the upper limits has commercial interests of great goodwill and brand recognition but it is a disgrace that the heart of Cross Roads and lower section has been ignored especially with regards to environmental issues.
I believe the politicians and municipal authorities should give themselves a Grade F for the type of leadership they exert with respect to the governance and administration of my community.
They should realise that their jobs are to ensure the citizens and business community are guaranteed a community with quality services, amenities and infrastructure.
Instead we have total neglect, except for them appearing at doorsteps at late hours of the night, disturbing citizens with their political advertisements and promotions which seek votes for local or central government.
The Cross Roads community is last on their agenda as we know they ostensibly desire political ascendancy to benefit themselves.
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