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FNM MPs: New Providence is filthy

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 05, 2013

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Several Free National Movement (FNM) MPs have hit out at the government over the deteriorating state of New Providence, with one member calling it an "embarrassment" and another describing it as “filthy”.

Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn lamented the unkempt sidewalks and verges around the island but particularly in his constituency, which he claims has been largely neglected for months.

"We have to get our priorities right," he said in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.

“We need a change in attitude because when you leave the island in the condition that it’s in at this moment, it is a disgrace and it is an embarrassment. It's certainly an embarrassment to me, and it should be to this government.”

Lightbourn said he is extremely disappointed about the condition of his constituency.

Pointing especially to the park near Uriah McPhee Primary School, Lightbourn said the state of the park poses a danger to the children who use it.

"If you go to Uriah McPhee park, which is right next to the school, you can literally lose the children in the grass. The grass is this high," he said, pointing to his waist.

"This is a school that has young children in it. It's hard to conceive. I've made numerous complaints to the ministry about the condition."

The Nassau Guardian visited the park yesterday and noticed that it has now been cleaned up.

Lightbourn said he did see some work being done on some of the verges in his constituency on Sunday. But he said the efforts need to be increased.

"Probably the whole of this island is an absolute disgrace,” he said. “I don't know whether the ministry has given any contracts, but certainly if they have, they (the companies contracted) are not performing their duty."

He also spoke about the slow place of garbage collection. He noted that garbage sometimes goes uncollected for weeks.

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis also complained about the state of his Killarney constituency.

He said the state of the Tropical Gardens park is deteriorating, adding that residents can no longer use the park as the grass is overgrown and garbage has accumulated.

He said garbage has also accumulated on the beach west of Saunders Beach, which is a popular spot for beach-goers.

Minnis said the Gambier community is also facing serious issues.

He said the roads have fallen into a state of disrepair and the verges are unkempt.

"What exactly is going on?" he asked. "We are all aware of the song ‘Funky Nassau’. They did not mean it literally, but we are all exposed to funky Nassau. It's now a funky Nassau.”

St. Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman offered similar criticism.

"The country is filthy," he said.

Chipman said he has written to several officials in the Ministry of Works on the issue.

He said the minister of works needs to address the problem immediately.


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