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Coming and going

Major break at White Hill repaired.

by Latoya Burnham

Residents of Mount All and White Hill, St. Andrew are happy that their road, which was closed for months following heavy rains and an underground burst main in the area, has been reopened.

But now the concern is that the road between two previously closed areas is once more falling apart.

One male resident close to the bridged area which had broken away, said he was relieved that full access had been returned to the area.

“It was really bad for people when they get here and realise they had to turn around and either go all de way round Bawdens or Farley Hill to get where they going,” he said.

He noted that the bridge had taken a while to repair – so long, that work on another access point close to a church in the area started well after the bridge work and was completed within about three weeks and the bridge had been still under construction.

A woman from the area said work was completed about mid July, two weeks after children were released from school on holiday, but they were told that there was still a bit of work left to be done.

“I think they still have to apply a second top coat and there was a pipe sticking up there that [Barbados Water Authority] had to come and take care of, but what they do was to run de pipe around de other side, so I think now they just have to pave that area too,” the male resident rejoined. “It is a relief.”

Other residents though were still a bit concerned about other areas of the White Hill stretch which seem to be still slipping and sliding under the pressure of heavy rains. There is evidence of several deepening cracks in the road, particularly along the edges that have begun to slope downward.

One man, who referred to himself only as “Cheesecutter”, said he was born and raised in the area and he had known it to only get worse over time. He said because of the state of the stretch, other than the minibuses, there was no transportation, particularly for the elderly into the area.

Transport Board buses, he noted, could only go so far and no further.

“I don’t worry for myself because I drive. I worry about de people that got to walk from all de way up dey. De bus does turn around up they,” he said, pointing in a southern direction.

“So they get off and walk, particularly de old people. If I come along I would pick up who I can, but it hard. Up de road dey got a house that falling down wid people still living in it. That is what we have to live with,” said the young man.

Another former resident though celebrated the fact that he had been able to move out of the district some 15 years ago before the road got to this state.

He said his house had been similarly falling into the gully, but representative George Payne had paved the way for him and his family to move into the Farmers, St. Thomas area.

Another resident though claimed their MP was not doing enough for the remainder of residents in the area, given that the roads seemed to be deteriorating even more over time, without repairs.

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