Terri-Ann Thompson was one in all scores of customers who crammed the Bathroom Stroll city centre on Saturday as commuters stocked up on meals and different provides earlier than the second section of the lengthy Easter weekend lockdown that began at midday.
The prolonged curfew was imposed to curb the unfold of COVID-19, the extremely contagious respiratory illness that has already killed 622 individuals right here and contaminated greater than 41,000.
However Thompson and others within the bustling enterprise district may scarcely discover parking.
“After I come out right here this morning, I feel it was grand market because of the quantity of individuals out right here. You possibly can’t get inside, plus no parking area,” Thompson instructed The Gleaner.
Grand market is the Christmas Eve procuring extravaganza that pulls 1000’s of customers yearly.
Thompson lamented that extra time had not been allotted for customers, which triggered a rush for items and companies. The lockdown break compounded the danger of contracting COVID-19, she believes.
“It tough, man. It tek mi about half-hour to get dem grocery gadgets right here fi di pickney dem. Dis used to tek about 5 minutes,” she stated.
Her view was corroborated by Patrick Brown.
“Di place full, hardly any area to show because the street pack wid automobile and other people,” Brown stated.
Public passenger automobiles with routes to Troja, Linstead, Riversdale, Giblatore, Sligoville, and Spanish City all jostle with non-public and business operators, in addition to pedestrians, for area. Motorists additionally use the thoroughfare in its place path to the Linstead Bypass.
That makes for a cocktail of confusion, one in all many semi-urban centres throughout Jamaica that’s marred by site visitors and parking woes. Bathroom Stroll has a police station, market, manufacturing unit, financial institution, well being centre, and submit workplace.
PLEADING FOR INTERVENTION
A number of motorists who use the hall are imploring the municipal authorities to intervene.
That’s additionally the opinion of Marvin Duggal.
“If there’s an emergency and a automobile have to hurry alongside this street, as a substitute of saving lives, there’s the danger of taking life, as there isn’t a area to drive because it (the city centre) is a park and every part in a single,” Duggal instructed The Gleaner.
Peter Abraham, councillor of the Bathroom Stroll division, acknowledged the necessity for a structured parking system.
“For years, I’ve been making illustration to the related authorities for a correct parking facility. I’ve but to get any constructive headway, and the issue continues. It was steered that part of the railway property may very well be used, however that, too, has hit a snag,”Abraham stated.
Describing the parking woes as continual, he stated that it was “a miracle” that pedestrians have been ready navigate the site visitors. He warned that it’s “a catastrophe ready to occur”.
Abraham stated that he would proceed to foyer the St Catherine Municipal Company for a everlasting repair.
In the meantime, personnel on the close by Bathroom Stroll Police Station stated there was want for correct preparations to enhance site visitors management and parking within the city.