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Jamaicans weigh in on Heroes Circle development - RJRGLEANER/Don Anderson poll

Pollster Don Anderson
 
The latest RJRGLEANER Group Don Anderson poll has found that while Jamaicans are divided about the relocation of the parliament building to National Heroes Circle, a majority are in support of development of the area with government buildings and park facilities.
 
The poll was conducted from February 15 to March 3 across the island. There were 1,000 respondents. 
 
Mr. Anderson said the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent, found that the number of Jamaicans who support the relocation of the Parliament building to National Heroes Park was only one percentage point higher than those who did not. 
 
"Forty per cent of the persons we interviewed said 'yes', (the relocation) a good idea, as opposed to 39 per cent who said 'no'... Another 16 per cent weren't sure, couldn't decide and five per cent really didn't know enough about the issue to comment on it," he revealed. 
 
Mr. Anderson said 61 per cent agreed with redevelopment of the area around the park into government circle with new buildings.
 
This number grew to 69 per cent when respondents were asked whether there should be facilities similar to Emancipation Park in St. Andrew. 
 
Twenty-three per cent did not agree with the Government circle plan, while 16 per cent were against having a similar development to Emancipation Park.
 
There has been push back in relation to the decision to build the new parliament in National Heroes Circle.
 
There have been concerns about the loss of another green space in the Corporate Area as well as disruption to residents who live in the area.


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