Member of Parliament for St Michael North Ronald Toppin believes it is time for the Warrens area to be officially designated a town.
With that in mind, he has called for the establishment of a police station, a post office and a bus station at the location.
“It is high time that the Warrens area be designated a town; that needs to be done. It is too highly developed and commercialized for it not to be designated formally as a town,” he said while speaking in the House of Assembly today.
The debate related to Government’s plan to compulsory acquire land for the public purpose of improving the road infrastructure under the Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project.
Toppin pointed out that the St Michael area had two commercial banks, a major car dealership, a megastor, two fast food outlets and a restaurant, a mall, a transnational membership club, a polyclinic and a private medical clinic, several large Government departments and offices, a gas station and major warehouses.
“This is strong and very serious commercial activity and it really needs to be designated a town. Having been designated a town, certain other facilities need to go with it to make that process fully complete,” Toppin said.
“I am calling for the installation or the setting up of a police station in Warrens as that’s an integral part of any town. We need a post office as well and maybe even a bus station to go with the amount of pedestrian traffic that takes place in and around the Warrens area.”
While insisting that there needed to be proper planning for the development of Warrens, he also contended that the Warrens Project was moving too slowly.
“The Warrens Traffic Safety Improvement Project is really moving too slowly and really and truly it is perhaps not even moving in the right direction.
“I remember attending a town hall meeting several years ago… and so many issues were raised then and so many assurances were given by the administration at the time that work would have been done for the betterment of residents in Warrens and the surrounding areas, but I am somewhat aghast that several years later, we are here today being able to hear so many grievances on behalf of the residents of Warrens,” he said. (RB)