Expelled Executive member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter David has expressed concerns about the pace allowing for occupancy by locals at the newly constructed housing units in Mt. Gay, St. George’s.
The 353-unit low-income housing project, sponsored by the government of China, was officially handed over to government in August.
But, a combination of applicant screening for units, and the cost to government to installing certain utilities, are said to be holding up the transfer of apartments to tenants.
“I hope the government would do something to ensure that the housing units are delivered urgently to the people who are waiting to move in to them,’’ said David, the current Member of Parliament for the Town of St. George constituency.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs also commented on the current proposal before government to buy majority shares in the Grenada Electricity Services Limited (GRENLEC).
“Government must seriously take on board the proposal and seek to address the high cost of electricity in the country,’’ he said
David made the remarks while attending the first in a planned series of constituency Christmas parties for children.
The party was also the first event held at the Queen’s Park Community Centre, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
The MP made a commitment to rebuild the centre and solicited support from volunteers in the River Road and Darbeau communities, Grenadians in the Diaspora, nationals at home and local businesses; and the Embassy for China in St. George’s.
His rival in the main opposition New National Party (NNP), businessman Nicholas Steele recently opened a makeshift community center for residents of Darbeau and River Road citing failure of the incumbent to fulfill on his promise to build a facility for the area.
MP David said he was “very happy’’ at the reopening of the facility, and thanked the volunteers and donors who assisted with the completion of what he described as a “wonderful centre.’’
“I do hope all of you make use of it and also take care of it,’’ David urged.
“Merry Christmas and I look forward to working with you in the New Year.’’
It is not clear whether MP David would be seeking re-election to Parliament for a third consecutive term in light of his expulsion from Congress on September 30 along with nine other dissidents.