Sunday 21 April, 2019

San Fernando is no shanty town, Mayor says

The description of the City of San Fernando as a shanty town by Senator Allyson West is “extremely unfortunate”.

That’s the view of San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello who sought to disagree with the statements made by the Minister in the Ministry of Finance during the sitting of Senate on Tuesday.

He noted that much work has been undertaken in the past two years while a number of projects are still in the pipelines to improve the southern city.

Some of the projects in the cars for San Fernando are expected to commence as early as March.

In defending San Fernando, Regrello said he believed that the city is on the cusp of development that will redound to citizens, improving standard of living.

Below is the San Fernando Mayor’s full response to the Senator’s statement on Tuesday:

“I humbly beg to disagree with the statements made by the honorable Senator Allison West. Her description of the City of San Fernando is extremely unfortunate.

Over the past two years the San Fernando City Corporation has worked assiduously with both members of Parliament for San Fernando East and West to improve the esthetics of San Fernando to alleviate traffic to improve productivity in the City. This is a work in progress as we patiently await the projects that are coming on stream such as the waterfront development, upgrades to Skinner’s Park, the Chancery Lane multistory car park and two high-end multistory residential complexes by the private sector.

These projects in conjunction with the Phoenix Park Industrial park will all yield positive returns to San Fernandians and southerners, by extension.

It is my view that San Fernando is on the cusp of development that will redound to our citizens, improving standard of living. If there is any merit in statements recently made, I remain hopeful based on this knowledge as some of these projects are due to commence by the end of March.

San Fernando has attracted billions of dollars of investment over the last 5 years including the C3 and South Park Shopping Complex. In the near future further investment will take place changing the landscape of both the entrance to our City as well as the area from the highway to the bypass.”

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