The St Andrew Post Office which has fallen into disrepair over the years is set to undergo major repair works.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley made the announcement today as she delivered remarks during the re-opening of the St Andrew Outpatient Clinic, where she also indicated that Government was committed to renovating the police station located just a short distance from the clinic, and turning it into an outpost that would reflect the changes and dynamics of policing.
“Community-based services that the people of St Andrew deserve, should be made available. And what we have seen regrettably over the years has been a tug of war between those who want to centralize and carry everything to town or Speightstown, and those who want to decentralize. And I have shown that I come from a tradition and have participated in Governments that consistently believe that services must be carried to the people rather than bringing people to the service,” Mottley said.
Mottley also announced that within two weeks, construction will start on a temporary bridge at Bruce Vale, St Andrew. “A bailey bridge” that will take the place until we can build a permanent structure would be constructed, she said.
“What hurts me, is that the deterioration of that bridge has been evident for some time. It is part and parcel of regrettably that tug of war that sought to centralize services, rather than to recognize that services ought to be delivered to people where they are. So the bridge at Bruce Vale, will be done”.
She also indicated that she has met with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir to engage in discussions regarding rolling out projects related to the rationalization of the Soil Conservation Unit, including expanding the pond at Haggatts to make the area more appealing.
“This notion that Haggatts is to look like a pop down fruit farm has to stop,” Mottley told the ceremony. “I remember growing up as a child and coming down here and fruits bountiful enough; the place taken care of with a sense of pride.
“We must return to that in St Andrew at Haggatts, not just for the people of St Andrew to benefit but for the people of Barbados to benefit. Because it was a worthy purpose when that orchard and agricultural framework for fruit trees was established and we must return to it.” (AH)