Residents’ budget ideas invited

Next district council meeting is March 31

If a track is added to the school playground, residents could use it in the evenings. - Photo: Carol Winker

Residents of North Side are invited to submit their suggestions for government projects in the district during the coming financial year.

At a public meeting held by the District Council on Thursday, Feb. 25, MLA Ezzard Miller said he expected to be called to Cabinet with recommendations for work that needs to be done in North Side.

He will have to make his list well before government ministers propose the country’s budget for 2016-2017, he noted. The new budget year starts on July 1.

Mr. Miller discussed with council members some projects to be put forward. He urged residents to attend the next meeting – Thursday, March 31 – and bring forward any ideas they have.

He noted, for example, that the junction with Old Robin Road in Old Man Bay needs improvement, but he thought it should not cost a lot of money. He named other roads that, in his opinion, need attention. Further Road, for example, needs work, he said. That is the road people use to get to the north end of the Mastic Trail.

Mr. Miller pointed to some work previously undertaken, such as improvements at the Edna M. Moyle Primary School. The open area next to the school, between the civic centre and the road, has been fenced off as a playground for students, he pointed out. He would like to see further facilities there, such as a multi-lane track. Lights have already been installed so he hoped the public could use the track in the evenings.

North Side District Council meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month in the Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre, starting at 8 p.m.