Jamaica — Away With Zinc Fences!

The government has set aside $345 million this year to remove zinc fences from certain communities.

Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke underscored the importance of the budgetary allocation while opening the debate on the first supplementary estimates of expenditure for 2020/2021.

“It is just not right that in 2021 or 2020, we have major thoroughfares or Washington Boulevard on both sides. We shouldn’t have zinc fences; this is Jamaica,” said Dr. Clarke. Previous budget allocations for this activity were between $30 and $40 million,” said Clarke.

Dr. Clarke said zinc fences would be replaced with more aesthetically pleasing material.

He said the program would focus on communities along major thoroughfares.

“[The] idea is to do it in a way where certain public interest benefits,” said the Minister.

Pollyanna Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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