Thomas calls on PM Browne to account for grant funds received – but not spent on promised Booby Alley housing project

Alister Thomas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City West, wants accountability for the grant funding that Prime Minister Gaston Browne has received for a number of initiatives, including the housing project at Booby Alley.

Thomas recalls that PM Browne announced, in Parliament, that he had received grant funds amounting to $120 million for the construction of low-income homes.

However, while the relocation of Booby Alley residents began since 2019, it has not been completed, and construction of the promised apartments has not yet begun.

Excuses for the inordinate delay have included the reluctance of some residents to move and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Thomas is calling on Browne to account for the funds, since his announcement spoke to having gotten the money – and not waiting to receive it.

Meanwhile, the UPP Candidate says that residents of Booby Alley are in dire need of housing, and every effort should be made to ensure the promised project is executed and done so properly.