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St Ann’s taxi drivers threaten to block the road again on Wednesday | News

Carl Gilchrist / Gleaner Writer

ST ANN, Claremont – Taxi drivers using the road from St Ann’s Bay to Claremont in St Ann are planning another protest on Wednesday following Monday’s protest against poor road conditions, particularly between Higgin Town and Claremont.

Monday’s roadblock prompted South East St Ann MP Lisa Hanna to issue a press release demanding answers over the $30million allocation to repair the road.

Hanna said taxi drivers and locals blocked the hallway to express their frustration at the failure of the government and the National Works Agency (NWA) to repair the roads as promised from June 2021.

“On June 29, 2021, I received official communication from the Warden of St. Ann NWA Parish that $30 million has finally been allocated to repair sections of this road,” Hanna said in the statement.

“It has now been over six months, and still no one from the ministry or the NWA can tell us when work will start and, worse, if a contractor has been selected to do the work. I call on the government to publicly address this issue as we are kept in the dark and we see other major roads being repaired in neighboring constituencies.

DRIVERS LAUNCH AN ULTIMATE

On Tuesday, a driver plying the road blamed the government and MP for failing to fix the road.

“Government and MP, di two dem fi blame cause we a license fi pay; car license and insurance, so weh di money what do they collect? Tomorrow we will block it again,” he said.

“We gi unnu 48 hours from yesterday, if we don’t get a good conversation by tonight, ah I’m going a block away, which is true.”

Another driver issued a similar warning, saying the gleaner“If people don’t have a form of argument in the next 44 hours, we’ll come back and do the same thing and maybe worse.”

He added: “The road is very bad, man. That’s why yesterday we went out and did what we could do because this road yah now, a decade now, so we knew what a gwaan is.

Efforts to get an update from Hanna on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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