PROTEST UPDATE: Fairy Hill Residents call for urgent paving of main road in their community
Residents of Fairy Hill and adjoining communities in East Portland are calling for the urgent paving of the main road in their community.
The residents mounted roadblocks this morning (March 6) in the vicinity of Poinciana Park and other sections of Fairy Hill, in protest over the dust nuisance which they say is caused by works on the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project.
Residents used downed trees and other debris to block the main road which connects Port Antonio to Boston, Long Bay and Manchioneal.
The residents say the dust is unbearable and has resulted in people becoming sick.
Several schools were affected by this morning’s protest including Titchfield High, Fair Prospect High, Happy Grove High and several primary schools.
IRIE FM news saw some students walking to get past the roadblocks.
Businessman and Fairy Hill resident Collin Bell told IRIE FM news that among those sick from the dust nuisance are elderly people.
Meanwhile, resident Patrina Simpson said her children have become sick due to the dust.
She was supported by Shaneil Lewis another parent who said her children have also been immensely affected.
Meantime, People’s National Party Councillor Caretaker for the Fairy Hill Division, Natalie Wright is calling on the authorities to address the dust nuisance.