Friday 16 November, 2018

Government too tardy in dealing with sewerage, says UPP

Waste overflows onto businesses in Worthing, Christ Church.

Waste overflows onto businesses in Worthing, Christ Church.

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has joined the rest of Barbados In airing their concerns about the sewerage situation on the South Coast.  

UPP’s candidate for Christ Church South, Nadia Willis, says the residents and businesses there are not just concerned but upset that the situation is not getting better.

She stressed that she has been overwhelmed with complaints from persons who have been suffering for near on two years and according to her, “whose cries have seemingly fallen on deaf ears”.

Addressing the media yesterday, Willis who is part of the Lynette Eastmond led party, said that there is a common thread among residents and businesses in the south coast:

“They are concerned about the continual flooding with rainfall, raw sewerage leaking into private grounds and public spaces, unbearable stench, unsanitary conditions and major health concerns.”

Willis said that reliable sources have indicated that the equipment used in the sewerage system is outdated and the pumps too small. She added that her sources indicate that while patching has been done, there has been no regular maintenance while proper trashing or cleaning of the pumps has not been undertaken.

She further stated that residents are complaining of repeatedly asking for the Health Minister to meet with them and he has reportedly refused.

Willis asserted that the cries of residents are being ignored, while stating that the Minister responsible has been tardy in addressing the issue which has caused it to escalate to crisis proportions.

“The government has done a poor job at setting aside money in the estimates to be used for maintaining its infrastructure and no one has been brought to account,” she lamented.

She stressed that the governance mechanisms in Barbados are not working and that there is a need for a complete overhaul in this area.