On Friday, the Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill, engaged several Linden stakeholders at the Watooka Guest House, to identify works that could be undertaken to modernise the waterfront there.
Some $30 million will be released to begin the first phase of the waterfront enhancement project at Wismar and Mackenzie in Linden, Region Ten.
The consultation saw contributions from Regional Chairman, Deron Adams; Linden Mayor, Her Worship Waneka Arrindell; Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, Kevin Samuel; Engineer, Brigadier (ret’d) Gary Beaton; Project Manager Jermaine Braithwaite, among others.
Following the exercise, the team visited the prospective sites at Wismar and Mackenzie shores where works are expected to begin.
Engineers attached to the Public Works Ministry are tasked with crafting the enhancement proposal for both locations and that document would be delivered to Minister Edghill on Monday.
The projects will include proper sanitary blocks, adequate lighting and recreational facilities. The Minister said all construction will cater for senior citizens and persons living with disabilities. The Minister assured that very soon, works will commence.
“Whatever we do must be able to impact the people of Region Ten. It must bring immediate benefits to the people of Region Ten. We cannot do development in a way that doesn’t bring impact, and the policy direction that we are governed by … whatever we do must answer the felt needs and the desires of the people, no matter how small it is,” the Minister said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Arrindell said among other enhancement projects, the municipality has put together a plan and scope of work to develop a children’s park along the bandstand route. The Council also wants to recommission the bandstand to host recreational activities. (DPI)