The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) on Sunday evening met with residents of `C’ Field Sophia, in a continuation of their ‘Road Network Upgrade and Expansion Programme’ consultations.
A release yesterday from the Department of Public Information (DPI) said at the meeting held at the `C’ Field Washbay Tarmac residents were apprised of developments that will take place in their community. The proposed works include the building of roads and sidewalks, installation of street lights, upgrades to community grounds and buildings and subsidies for the construction of core homes and home improvement.
DPI said that the CH&PA is in the process of finalising the Reformation and Upgrade of the rehabilitation programme, this is according to Senior Community Development Officer, Donell Bess-Bascom.
She said that funds have been diverted from the Mandela/Sheriff Street project for the development of existing communities, and one of the requirements of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the CH&PA is to intensify the community development approach.
Bess-Bascom also said following requests from residents, particularly community leaders the authority will tackle the issue of assigning the correct names for respective areas.
Anthony Ragnauth, engineer attached to the CH&PA project, will oversee the construction and rehabilitation of 17KM (55,000 ft.) of new roads which will link major hubs there; the rehabilitation of playgrounds and health centres and the construction of Core Homes. The designs for the home are to be approved and confirmed by residents.
After being apprised of what the projects entails, a number of concerns were raised by residents during the interactive sessions. Many were vocal about the removal of squatters from the government reserve and drainage issues. Desilting of the major culverts was also addressed.
More importantly, DPI said that the residents appealed for the involvement of young people in the community, in the implementation of the project, through the provision of jobs.
Communities to benefit from the project include: Pattensen/Turkeyen (Section B), Turkeyen (Section C &D), Block X Liliendaal (Section A), Block AA &BB Sophia (Plum Park), Section C Cummings Lodge, Block E Sophia and Blocks F and R.