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Tuesday, 16 June 2009 – The acute condition of the roads in L'esperance and Dereche in Soufriere will be urgently addressed in an attempt to bring much needed relief to those communities .


Minister for Communications, Works, Transport and Public Utilities Honourable Guy Joseph  had a first hand visit of the town and the interior of Soufriere on Monday   as  the Ministry of Communication and Works  continued a series of constituency visits aimed at identifying the most acute infrastructural  needs to be addressed throughout Saint Lucia.   He says the resources will be found in order to do so.


“If you observe the method of the budget presentation, we do not specify projects, other than capital projects where funds have been allocated specifically for these projects. In terms of our in-house road rehabilitation, de-silting and whatever small community works, there's just a vote for the amount, and we have not identified projects for it, so we have the flexibility of making the adjustments in-house.  We do have the flexibility in our structure to be able to make allocations for emergencies of this nature,” the minister said.


Minister Joseph was accompanied by Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere Honourable Harold Dalson, who expressed optimism that action will be taken to deal with the worst affected areas.


“Given the gravity of the situations specifically this one in Dereche and L'esperance  I believe that the minister is going to do his best and I am going to count on him to  deliver. The whole


idea of having those visits is for bringing relief, so if nothing is done afterwards it will be futile. At least minimally, something must be seen to happen immediately or sometime after the visit, for the kind of resonance and confidence that people will have in seeing a minister coming to visit their constituency, the Soufriere MP said.


The Ministry's team—which included the Chief Engineer, the Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries—has visited  several consistencies  represented by opposition members and expects to  embark on a visit of Vieux-Fort North soon, before visiting the constituencies of the  current administration.

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