St. Peter Member of Parliament Asot Michael is once again highlighting what he describes as the total neglect of the constituency by successive administrations over the years.
According to the MP, since he was elected as Parliamentary Representative for the constituency in 2004, successive governments of the United Progressive Party (UPP) and Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) have failed to provide adequate resources to meet the educational, health-care and economic development needs of constituents.
“This constituency has received no roads, no infrastructure, no street lights, while the other constituencies have benefitted from these necessities,” Michael said.
“I had to spend millions and millions of dollars out of my pocket to repurpose the sporting facilities in the constituency.”
The neglect of the area was highlighted by a constituent, who lives in Lightfoot, in a letter to Michael on Wednesday, appealing for roads to be fixed.
“I am a member of the St. Peter’s constituency, I have been for the past 7-plus years,” Noel Whyte wrote in his letter.
“I have had my land for close to 10 years and I built here for the past seven years. I am reaching out to you as our MP to do something about the roads in the area and also the overgrown lands around the neighborhood.
“My house is surrounded by four parcels of land that are vacant and are overgrown with trees and bushes, which is an eyesore and pose a security and safety risk,” Whyte added.
According to Michael, the last time St. Peter got any new infrastructure was in 2002 when he was Minister of Public Works.
The St. Peter MP said it is a crying shame that the successive administrations have neglected the constituency and he is appealing to the Minister of Public Works to fix the roads without further delay.