Mar 20, 2016 News
Town Clerk of Georgetown, Royston King, on Friday admitted that it was an oversight that residents of Lamaha Gardens were not consulted on a project to build a playground on a reserve that runs parallel to the canal that supplies the city water.
Kaieteur News has learnt that residents were subsequently consulted and have agreed to the enhancement.
The construction works were halted on Thursday after residents protested that they were left out of the loop. During a visit to the area on the same day, Mayor Hamilton Green reportedly advised workers to halt activities until he learnt more. Workers and heavy equipment arrived on the reserve, located opposite Komoa Street, Lamaha Gardens, late last week.
Residents like accountant Ronald Alli, sporting executive Alfred Mentore and retiree Roy Mc Arthur, all at first thought it was part of the extensive clean-up that is taking place in the city. However, they became concerned this week after trucks started to dump sand and equipment started to level land.
They complained and a number of officials, including the Mayor visited the area.
The Town Clerk, said that the project is similar to the playground facilities of Merriman Mall and it is coming at no cost to the city.
“We should have consulted with the residents. In hindsight, it was an oversight. But we have a number of beautification projects across the city and did not foresee any problems.”
King said he was the one that gave a private contractor the go-ahead. The private contractor was donating his time and equipment and materials.
“Yes, the Mayor was not properly informed. He was subsequently briefed.”
The reserve area borders the Lama Canal, which feeds water to the Guyana Water Inc. The reserve area was overgrown with bushes. It is the plan to fence it and create walkways and a playground for children, King explained.
“What we designed is in concert with the cohesive communities that the administrations have announced for the country. The residents will have a place to relax and children, a play area. Some residents even said that it will reduce the mosquitoes that breed in the bushes.”
King said that reserves of the city are under the control of the council. It is the intention that these are beautified.
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