MPs set to hear statement on plans for North East Hamilton
The House of Assembly is set to return today with plans for the future of North East Hamilton.
Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs, is expected to table the North East Hamilton Local Plan, which is intended to establish a framework for the Department of Planning to help to determine future planning applications in the area.
A draft version of the plan — released for public consultation last year — proposed efforts to encourage improved lighting, street art and green spaces, along with the preservation of architectural history.
While the writers of the draft plan said improvements to the environment and infrastructure in the area would require “significant financial investment”, such investment would be difficult to achieve through public funding alone.
The plan divided the North Hamilton area into seven districts, including Court Street, the historic Princess Street area, Uptown, North Street Corridor, Victoria Gardens, Parker’s Square and Union Square.
Development opportunities in each of the districts are highlighted, but any development proposed on existing public open spaces will be required to maintain and enhance the space, or provide alternative public open space in North East Hamilton.
Lawrence Scott, the Minister of Transport, is expected to speak on the continued effort to modernise the island’s public service vehicles.
The island’s first batch of electric buses came into service this year and a spokeswoman has said they had been performing well despite some “usual teething issues”.
Meanwhile, Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, is expected to speak on both cybersecurity and hurricane preparedness.
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on Wednesday, with early forecasts suggesting a busier-than-average season.
Today’s sitting of the House of Assembly is also expected to include a statement by Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy and Labour, on the island’s Youth Employment Strategy in the wake of a press conference on the same subject yesterday.