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Public Works cutbacks will cause minimal impact, assures Shakir

Budget cuts at the Ministry of Public Works will cause minimal impact for the public, according to Government Senator Cromwell Shakir.

Speaking during the Senate debate on the budget of the Public Works Headquarters and the Department of Public Works, Sen Shakir said that training would remain a high priority of the Ministry.

He also listed a number of projects moving forward, including major work at the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy facility, the construction of a new sluice gate for Mills Creek and moving forward with the disposal of stored asbestos.

However, because of the current economic climate, other projects like major work on the Causeway, would have to be put off for the future.

Opposition Senator Suzann Roberts Holshouser said she understood the rational behind putting back the project, and agreed that training was vital, but questioned some of the Ministry's actions.

She noted that in St George's and Flatts, reflective slow-down strips had been placed, and replaced just a short time later with speed bumps.

“Where was the forethought?” she asked. “That was time consuming. Are we putting more thought into where we are putting our money? It doesn't seem like efficient management of time at all.”

She also called for Government to devote more time and effort to encouraging recycling in the community, including looking into the possibility of a cardboard recycling scheme.

“There are companies in the US which purchase cardboard because they recycle it,” she said. “I want to see the Government looking for other ways to encourage people to recycle.”

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Published March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am (Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am)

Public Works cutbacks will cause minimal impact, assures Shakir

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