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Tuesday, January 17, 2006 

Local Government, Commmunity Development & Sport

Parish Council to Implement Development Plan for Hanover

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Hanover Parish Council is spearheading the implementation of a development plan for the parish of Hanover, and has contracted the services of the University of Technology (UTech) to assist in putting the plan together.

This comes against the background of the large number of development projects, which are slated to take place within the parish over the next two years and the need to properly plan for them.

According to Secretary/Manager of the Hanover Parish Council, Alfred Graham, as recent as December 12, a meeting was held between the Parish Council and representatives from the Ministry of Local Government, Community Development and Sport; the Hanover Parish Development Committee; the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and representatives of UTech, to look at the way forward in drafting the plan.

"Where we are now is that the University of Technology is to send us the proposal costing after which we will look at that and then prepare a terms of reference based on which the university will proceed to complete the work towards preparing the development plan for the parish," he told JIS News.

He noted that UTech should respond within the next couple of weeks after which another meeting would be convened with the Parish Development Committee and the Chamber of Commerce to plan the way forward. He expressed the hope that the cost to implement the project would be within the reach of the Parish Council.

Reiterating that the plan would ensure the orderly and sustainable development of Hanover, Mr. Graham said, "we would not want to see these developments taking place in an adhoc manner, and in order for this not to be so, we have to ensure that we have a blueprint of the way we would like to see the parish move forward in terms of tourism, agriculture and any other form of development that is suitable for the parish."

He emphasized that consultations would be held, to get the residents views and comments on the development plan.

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