Residents of Mountain Spring Drive in St Andrew are complaining that their community is being invaded by hordes of joggers, some of whom park their vehicles in a manner which hinders residents from exiting or entering their properties during the jogging periods.
The residents of the community handed out compliance notices to several joggers over the weekend. The notice decried the lack of ‘social distancing’ that is being observed between the joggers in the community, and asserted that the roadway has been reduced to “single-lane traffic in some instances”.
It continued that “We therefore ask that these practices be discontinued by Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Vehicles found in contravention will be wrecked and, consequently, drivers will be prosecuted.”
The Disaster Risk Management Act provides for prosecution if the orders issued under the legislation are not being observed or practised.
The notice was signed by Inspector E Grant of the Matilda’s Corner Police Station in St Andrew.
In response, one of the joggers said she has never observed anyone acting in contravention of the law or parking in a manner that blocks residents’ driveways.
“I live pretty close by and I have never seen anyone parking to block anybody’s driveway. There are areas to park and they (the authorities) can’t legally do that because there are no yellow lines that would restrict parking. Further, if the parking area in front of the vendors is occupied, there is sufficient parking along the Widcombe Avenue thoroughfare,” the jogger told Loop News.
Mountain Spring Drive is one of the most popular jogging trails in the Corporate Area because of how the 2.1-kilometre roadway inclines steadily up a hill to a dead end in the mountain. It is also a popular walking trail because of the scenery it offers, this along with a nice paved surface and very little traffic.
After getting to the top of the road, joggers normally zip downhill back to the Widcombe Avenue bus stop.
“How are we breaching the road code? I admit that the area has gotten more crowded recently because the gyms are closed and there are persons who are fitness freaks, and other who, because of the level of stress with COVID, want to get exercise and blow off steam,” said the long-time jogger.
The Mountain Spring trail is said to be a popular haunt of some high-profile national figures, including Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, and Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.