Minister Lake does walk through in Dutch Quarter

Residents pleased with work so far

Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry of VROMI) Hon. Maurice Lake did a walk-through on Wednesday of Nazareth in Dutch Quarter to assess the work carried out to repair the Christopher Maccow and Felix Marlin road.


Minister Lake was very pleased with the work carried out to date. NV GEBE has drafted a plan to add 20 to 25 extra street lights in the area which would complete the first phase of the project.

Minister Lake is looking forward to see the finalization of the other phase of the project which entails the placement of milled asphalt next to the intersection of John Philips and Christopher Maccow road and the continuation of Nazareth road.

Waste in Place has been busy cleaning the grown up grassy areas of Nazareth road.

In early March residents of Nazareth road, Dutch Quarter invited Minister Lake to discuss issues of concern within their neighbourhood.

The residents pointed out their main concerns which were the upgrading of the Nazareth road (main), Christopher Maccow, Monrovia road, Amsterdam road, John Philips road and Felix Marlin roads, additional street lighting in the neighbourhood, and a better structure where it concerns the pick-up of garbage in the area by the designated waste hauler.

"The residents of Nazareth brought forward their concerns, and I am very pleased that I was able to address them within a short time. The work is not complete, but much has been accomplished since the initial meeting.

"In my back to basics approach, I listened to the people; they said that nothing was done over the years in their neighbourhood. I drafted a plan of action and worked closely with other stakeholders such as NV GEBE and we have and continue to address the concerns.

"The additional street lights will bring safety and security to the neighbourhood. Along with the aforementioned and better roads, an improvement is made in the daily experience of the quality of life of the people in the area. Everyone is happy with what has been done so far and I thank the people for bringing the issues to my attention.

"We need to work together and address the needs of the residents in the different districts with the scarce resources budgeted within Ministry VROMI, but every little job makes a world of difference for the people," Minister Hon. Maurice Lake said on Wednesday.

PHOTO CUTLINE: L to R, Otmar Jonis (Cabinet of Minister VROMI), Minister Hon. Maurice Lake

(4th from left), Claudius Buncamper (Ministry VROMI, right) along with residents of Nazareth, Dutch Quarter during the walk-through in Nazareth along with residents from the area. Not in the photo but also part of the walk-through is NV GEBE representative Lucien Benschop.