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Aug 24, 2017

Beautifying ‘the Valley’

We caught up with Leslie at the basketball court on Flamboyant Street in Lake Independence constituency, where residents were hard at work laying plants and cleaning up the neighborhood’s basketball court. Residents told us they wanted to see more of their representatives at work and today aspirant Dion Leslie and a few helpers swung through, having met with residents previously. Aaron Humes has more.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

Brandon Smith, known as Battery, was out supervising residents of his neighborhood this morning at the basketball court on Flamboyant Street. Though previously in the news fairly often for a criminal past, he says he is playing a part in transforming his neighborhood.

 

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith, Supervising Community Project

“Just di try clean up di place and mek di place look lee better than how ih usually look. Dion [Leslie] di fix up some a di streets weh got big pothole and ting; clean up some a di garbage from out a di neighborhood.”

 

This is the ‘Peace in the Valley,’ better known as P.I.V., section of the Lake Independence constituency, which has been anything but peaceful until fairly recently. Councilor and Mayoral Aspirant Dion Leslie has been working hard over the past two weeks to change that.

 

Dion Leslie

Dion Leslie, Belize City Council

“What you see here is the culmination of about two weeks of work, where we picked this area in Lake I, between Jasmine to Oleander [streets] and riverside to Mahogany, to do extensive works, which falls under what myself and my team are campaigning under – a social master plan. We sent in to dig the drains and cut the grass; we sent in a sanitation team along with help from private contractors to pick up all garbage – we had the residents bring in all their garbage that they’ve had in their yards for years, or were left over from the hurricane, we had them bring all of that out and we picked up all their garbage. After that, we fixed four streets that had some serious potholes in them, and through again help from private contractors we were able to get the material and we spread the materials in the holes so we’ve upgraded four streets in the past two weeks here. And now we’ve teamed up with the landscaping crew from Samuel Haynes Institute – which last week we gave them a sizable donation to expand on their project – and we’ve teamed up with them, they’ve come here and you can see behind me that they’re planting and beautifying the place.”

 

Leslie told us that the project is a combination of private and public effort, and the kind of partnership the Council wants to keep going.

 

Dion Leslie

“It’s a mixture of both. City Council of course has to be on board. We are going into a convention, but at the end of the day we are city councilors and we do work for the City Council and for the residents and the people of Belize City. So it is a joint effort between myself, between City Council and between private contractors who’ve donated their machinery, donated their material, so we’re glad about it, and it’s cooperation like this we want to have throughout the entire city. The Council cannot do everything on our own; so this is just a glimpse, an example of what we want to do, where we want to carry the city to, with the vision we have.”

 

Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

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1 Response for “Beautifying ‘the Valley’”

  1. Bealizean Comedy says:

    Whatta joke! Nobody buys your altruistic bull Deon all you care about is money.
    What have you really done in all your years as councilor??? can’t even list one thing. Why did you have all the lightweight portfolios? Its easy you like titles but not the work or maybe they were smart enough to not trust you with the $$. Enjoy your win. That’s right you will win because we trust Darrel but he is wrong about you and he knows it. sad sad sad how you take advantage of this people for politkal mileage. wait, werent you responsible for sanitatioN? how come your never notice the filth in this place before? BELIZEAN COMEDY

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