More potholes than asphalt - Alligator Pond residents tired of bad roads

October 23, 2019
The Downs to Manchester mainroad in south Manchester is in a terrible state.
The Downs to Manchester mainroad in south Manchester is in a terrible state.
Alligator Pond residents want better roads in their communities.
Alligator Pond residents want better roads in their communities.
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Residents of Alligator Pond are crying out to the government for better roads. According to them, they have had decrepit roads since as long as they can remember.

Silvester Morgan, who has been living in the south Manchester community for more than two decades, says he doesn't remember a time when the road was good.

"A long time we woulda want something to be done ... if a even fi pave it off. A 25 years me live here and nothing nuh change ... dis is it. When rain fall, nobody caan pass ... di likkle schoolers dem caan pass when rain a fall. It affect everybody. When the rain fall, yah fi walk way over ina the bush or kotch yuh self against the wall fi pass and go and come.

Very bad

If a vehicle a come, yuh affi stop and mek the vehicle pass ... yuh nuh have nuh space ... A either you or the vehicle. It very bad so if any person at all can help we, we would appreciate it ... We would love it," Morgan told THE STAR.

Another resident, 'Bolo', says he has been living in Alligator Pond for 35 years, and has heard his fair share of promises that the roads will be repaired.

"Me born and grow yah suh and a suh the road always stay. Everyday me vehicle damage because a di road. The road leading from Downs to Alligator Pond is very, very bad. It is in a more than deplorable condition," Bolo said.

"Years now and all we get a promise seh it a go fix. When yuh a drive yuh have to act like seh yuh mad cause yuh a fi a go cross and cross the road fi get outa pothole. Right now a nuh pothole inna the road, two piece a road inna the pothole, and it a get worse and worse. Dem seh it a go fix but all now, we nuh see nothing. All now."

South Manchester has been loyal to the People's National Party for much of its existence, and has been orange territory since 1989.

"A must because some a we a call dung here 'Back Bush' mek dem a treat we suh. When it a go stop? We wah better road ... a wah? We nuh deserve road? We a nuh part a Jamaica too? A tru white people nah come round here come book hotel mek our road caan fix up too? The road bad, bad, bad!...Dem need fi do something," a resident said.

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