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BUILDING BILL TABLED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Published: Friday | January 22, 2016

The Building Bill will also regulate building activities by requiring permits, regulate change of building use, give effect to the National Building Code, facilitate the adoption and application of internationally recognized building standards, as well as the accreditation of building products, construction methods, building components and building systems.


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Main Address by Noel Arscott M.P., Minister of Local Government and Community Development, on the occasion of the Inaugural Launch of Earthquake Awareness Month, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Earthquake Awareness is being promoted by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) within a MONTH of activities for the very first time. Portfolio Minister, Noel Arscott recently delivered the main address at the launch of Earthquake Awareness Month, 2016.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE SENATE

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Three Strategic Laws, designed to give practical value to and enforcement of the Local Government Reform process, have now been passed in the Senate (January 8).

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NEW ST. ELIZABETH MUNICIPAL BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PLAN LAUNCHED

Monday, December 21, 2015

According to Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott, the new building sends “a vital symbolic message that the Parish Council is renewing itself, and is under construction to emerge with greater vigour to serve the people of St. Elizabeth. It sends the signal that Local Government, especially in rural Jamaica, is no longer to be seen as operating from ramshackle, parochial, outpost-like structures, but is instead, modern, corporate-oriented and convenient to all who interact with it…this new building will be a modern, contemporary landmark, a symbol of pride for parishioners, and a physical beacon of the modern, reformed Local Government that we are working to implement throughout Jamaica.”

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NEW ARRANGEMENTS COMING FOR IMPROVED SOLID WASTE EFFICIENCY AND SECURITY AT RIVERTON AND OTHER DISPOSAL SITES

Friday, December 18, 2015

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is reporting significant improvements in its waste collection and accountability activities, since the current Board of Directors assumed office six months ago. In noting that the tenure of the Board commenced shortly after the extensive fires at the Riverton Disposal Site in St. Andrew in March this year, Board Chairman Dennis Chung says the NSWMA has been trying to dramatically improve service delivery and corporate governance, with a view to recovering public confidence. With regard to service delivery, Mr. Chung noted that improvements are not being limited to the Riverton Site: “The Board has visited most of the other landfills to see the condition they are in. The next one we will focus on after Riverton is Retirement in Montego Bay, as this stores the next highest amount of waste after Riverton and is in need of some attention. Doctors Wood is being deactivated and plans are afoot to install a transfer station instead. All other Disposal Sites will be given attention thereafter. Enforcement activities have been ramped up and the enforcement team is focusing on regularizing commercial disposal, and also will be focusing on enforcement against individuals. We have already been ticketing persons for offences such as urinating in public and illegally storing garbage.”

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