Rodents on the run from derelict sites

first_imgNewsLocal NewsRodents on the run from derelict sitesBy admin – March 1, 2011 939 Advertisement THE sight of rodents scurrying past long-standing derelict sites is terrifying people, according to election candidate Cllr Joe Leddin, responding to a complaint from a young Limerick woman who had such an experience on the Ballinacurra road. It is claimed that rats and rodents are terrifying people, especially our senior citizens who walk in the area of the former Moloney Garage site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week, the Limerick Post received a call from a young woman who said she is now terrified to be anywhere near the site.“I was wheeling my child in her buggy and two rats ran across my path – it was obvious they were coming from the site, which attracts lots of illegal dumping – it’s a disgrace that this is being allowed fester so close to where people are living and walking”.Cllr Joe Leddin, who has requested an immediate inspection of a number of the city’s most offensive derelict sites and properties from City Hall’s Planning Department, said that on his election canvass throughout the city he has received numerous complaints from people and the business sector who are living close to derelict sites.“They have outlined to me their concerns with the continued deterioration of these sites. All kind of rubbish is being dumped illegally, and as a result, increases anti-social behaviour.“There are also serious health and safety concerns surrounding the proposed Opera Centre – many of the buildings involved are over 100 years and in a poor physical state”.Pointing out that the issue is of a more serious nature than many people perceive, he also referred to the many unoccupied derelict houses and sites scattered in Hyde Road, Quins Cottages, Janesboro and Prospect, that are causing huge concern for locals.“Urgent action, such as compulsory purchase orders by the city council are now required, and while there may be difficulties pertaining to title deeds with certain houses, the major strategic sites on main artery roads into the city can’t be left unattended – either the owners or the city council must carry out appropriate works to clean and secure these sites”. Print Linkedin Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Previous articleOutlaw Concy hot on trail of RubberbanditsNext articleRugby fans to benefit from ticket price reduction admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kingston gets “Thumbs Up” from Diaspora Delegates

first_imgDelegates attending the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference 2017 have commended conference organizers for returning the biennial event to Kingston this year. The 2017 renewal was the first time in nine years that the conference was being held in the country’s capital.“I appreciate it was held in Kingston,” said Adaoma Patterson, President of the Jamaican Canadian Association. “Most of the issues discussed affected Kingston; and it was important that we immersed in the capital city. How can you solve problems if you are not immersed in them?” she asked.A Jamaican living in New York, who only gave her name as Audia, also believed holding the conference in Kingston was a positive move. “I like that it was in Kingston. The change of venue is good. Kingston has fewer tourists; and I could enjoy being Jamaican, walking around the city and buying my own food,” she said.Untapped tourist destinationFor Gary Powell, a retired Jamaican living in London, Kingston is an untapped tourist destination.“I’m a firm believer that downtown Kingston should be redeveloped. There has been some progress in this regard; however, some people are now seeing the light. When I walk downtown, I see the beautiful architecture of the buildings, which show the rich multi-culture of the city,” he observed.Kingston’s redevelopment underwayThe Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is the government entity responsible for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston. The corporation recently disclosed it had partnered with Jamaica’s private sector to provide tourists with a “total cultural immersion,” through the development of downtown Kingston.It’s predicted the “rooms for visitors” program will serve as short-term accommodation for tourists wanting to visit Kingston’s inner cities. Some tourists have expressed interest in exploring the streets of the former home of reggae and Rastafarian Ambassador Bob Marley, and its surrounding environs in Trench Town, Tivoli and Rose Town.World Bank’s recommendationMeanwhile, the World Bank has recommended that Jamaica diversifies its enclave, “all-inclusive,” tourism product, to embrace: ecotourism, cultural tourism and farm tourism.Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, speaking at the Diaspora Conference said,“The Jamaican Diaspora has contributed to Jamaica socially, culturally and economically. For many years, it have brought much needed expertise, financial support, return visits to boost tourism; and provide an outlet for Jamaican exports, thereby contributing directly to economic growth and job creation.”last_img read more