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Following an on-site inspection of the lower Sandy Gully, focusing on the West Bay Farm Road and Seaview Gardens areas, Opposition Leader Mark Golding said his visit had revealed severe damage to both the base of the gully and its retaining walls – damage that now poses a serious risk to residents and their properties on both sides of the gully.

“The current state of the ravine is the result of years of neglect. This neglect puts even more lives and property at risk in the Washington Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Waterhouse communities. Urgent action is needed to address these problems,” Golding said, stressing the urgent need for immediate intervention.

In a press release, Golding said recent efforts to clear a section of the ravine had improved water flow somewhat under the Spanish Town Road bridge, but stressed that the problem remains. “Tree overgrowth in the Seaview section continues to impede water flow and poses a significant hazard to local residents.”

“This condition in the canyon existed long before Hurricane Beryl passed through. Major repairs and further cleanup work can no longer be postponed,” Golding said, calling for rapid and comprehensive action.

In addition to Sandy Gully, Golding also visited New Haven in the West St Andrew constituency, an area plagued by chronic flooding. He praised the efforts of local community members and MP Anthony Hylton for their proactive measures in clearing sections of the Duhaney River to reduce the risk of flooding.