Early last month (May, 2015), Dr Morais Guy, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing announced that 448 million was allocated for the development and rehabilitation of the town. The funds were sourced from the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and an allocation from the PetroCaribe Fund. The announcement was made during a tour of Falmouth.
Of the amount, 200 million is budgeted for street repairs. We are already seeing the money being put to work in the repair work done to Upper Parade Street and Falmouth Street.
Upper Parade Street has been an eyesore for years, and I had twice written about it on the old FalmouthPO.com website. Now writing for the third time, it is with pleasure that I am witnessing the transformation.
The old Upper Parade Street sewage system was for the most time not flowing. The result was unhealthy, pungent, muddy water that seemed like it was there to stay. Here is a picture I took back in 2011, showing the state of the sewage.
You can see what residents, businesses and pedestrians had to face. Bear in mind that this is very close to the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier.
Here are photos showing how far the work has progressed. So far, they are building the sewer system which will be covered to prevent contact with humans. The road itself will be raised to take advantage of gravity, so that when the water runs off, the force will be strong enough to eliminate stagnation.
We have been waiting for several years, but as they say, better late than never!