Senator Richard Lewis, the United Progressive Party Candidate for the Rural West constituency, has announced several of his and the Party’s plans for the community, including the creation of recreational parks in Grays/Green and Five Islands.
The renowned King George V Grounds will be renamed and the constituency’s sporting icons will also be honoured, Lewis says.
Going beyond recreation, Senator Lewis promises that a music academy will be opened, along with other education, training and job placement programmes to tackle the constituency’s unemployment challenges.
Lewis says the Party will work to establish housing for low-income families, to include a rent-to-own option; to expand the satellite clinic in Five Islands; and to upgrade the Grays Farm clinic into a polyclinic.
Other plans, he says, include the regular cleaning of the constituency, in particular the washing of drains and gutters, and the timely repair of the roads.
The distribution of land in Rural West is another issue the Senator plans to address. He says that constituents must be given first preference, while referencing the lands that were earmarked by the Browne Administration for an Iraqi settlement.
Lewis says a constituency Youth Advisory Council will be established, enabling young people’s perspectives to be presented at the highest decision-making level of the constituency.
As has been done in Barbados and St. Lucia, the Senator also has plans to establish a “food strip” at an appropriate location in Rural West. This will help to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and drive commerce in the constituency, he says.