No to relocation

by Kimberley Cummins

Hoyte’s Village residents are concerned about B’s Recycling relocating to that district.

In light of yesterday’s fire at the Reece Road, Cane Garden, St. Thomas depot, which caused an environmental threat and left many in western areas of the island blanketed by clouds of black smoke for the majority of the day and night, they are even more concerned.

Many who spoke with Barbados TODAY when the team visited the Hoyte’s Point and Hoyte’s Terrace communities this afternoon said they were very worried that a similar event could occur there.

Trevor King in his garden
Trevor King in his garden

Sixty-nine-year-old Trevor King, who suffers from asthma said that for his personal health and those who lived closer or downwind to the purposed lot, it should not be brought to the area. He stated that yesterday’s experience with the fire was “terrible” and highlighted that†such businesses create problems, even if only down the road, so consideration should be made to their locations and proximity to the residents.

King, who has lived in the area since the 1960s recalled the inconvenience caused to many residents as a result of the “Costain Quarry”, which was the proposed location of B’s Recycling.

“When the highway was being built everybody around here†houses was sheet in white, vegetation everything. So I am wondering when the plant get there, in spite of the new technology, what will be the inconvenience to people who live in this short proximity to it?” he queried.

“I thought they would have gone to Vaucluse, where there is a whole lot of recycling being done there, because at least there is a buffer between the houses and the plant; there is no buffer here. You don’t have a problem like now or when they were being stored by Government when you would only get activity during the day. I am concerned that when it is night then you can hear the sounds when a plant is operating on a 24-hour basis. What is going to happen at night when you are trying to rest, because don’t care how quiet the machinery is, you gonna hear it and then if something similar happen then what is it going to be like?”

King also had further concerns: “They claim that they will bring the cars and they will put a machine so many and so many feet down in the† ground but if it is down in the ground and it is keeping noise and vibrating you gine feel it. I wonder if it will have an effect on the people who build houses out here because I always remember when the harp gun was at Seawell, people all in Gall Hill [Christ Church] houses crack up, and you can see how far the training school is from Gall Hill.

“All these things have implications down the road. I don’t have a problem with the reusing and the recycling but I have a problem with bringing it into established communities then when something happens then you want†all the community to move out. At my age where I gine move and go?”

Gregory Worrell, whose house was located less than 50 feet away from the depot, had similar objections to it moving to the neighbourhood. His greatest apprehension, though, was because of, what he called, its “untidy conditions”.

He said that having seen the state which the Cane Garden depot was kept, he believed that the intended Bagatelle dump would also be kept in a similar state.

He added: “I believe if you are having something like a recycling plant you need to have some place that is kept tidy.†I don’t know how the fire started but my thing is to try to keep the place clean and tidy so as to prevent such occurrences. I went up there in Bagatelle where Mount Stinkeroo is and it look beautiful.

“I’m not saying it isn’t going to be tidy down here because I don’t know… but I believe that it shouldn’t come here. If a fire like that occur out here it will affect so many people. I believe in building an industry but here it is you move from Cane Garden, come down to a more populated area, you never know what is going to happen, look at what has happened; that was not their doing.”

Victor Patrick
Victor Patrick

One resident who had no complaints about the plant’s relocation was Victor Patrick. He told this newspaper that when he move to the area some five years ago there was another dump and that too caught ablaze so it would make no difference to him if what occurred in Cane Garden yesterday happened there.

Patrick said: “At the end of the day for me people got to do work. If somebody helping somebody and employing people, I ain’t got no problem with it because if you driving your car that just as hazardous as any dump.”

Speaking to Barbados TODAY this evening via telephone, Managing Director of B’s Recycling, Paul Bynoe, said he could not say whether he would still be moving the recycling depot to Bagatelle. He said he was presently making sure that the fire at Cane Garden was brought under control so that those affected people could get back to their regular daily business.

Bynoe, who reiterated he too was a victim of the fire, further said that in spite of all the “finger pointing” businesses like his were needed on the island or “we will drown in our own mess”.

“We have to have a plant, it has to happen in Barbados. As long as we have a [stores] we must have a dump… as long as we have people, we will have a dump. We always want the best things in life but we got to understand that garbage cannot go in the ocean so we have to keep it on land, we have to get real. We have to stop complaining, we have become a complaining society,” he said.

“I felt real bad yesterday but a gentleman said Paul, ‘let the Lord have his way with you’. When you belong to the Lord you have to be tested and this is my test. I will not lose my faith. The land in Bagatelle belongs to the Government, the piece of equipment there that I pay the bank for every month belong to the Lord and everything else in my name,” said Bynoe.

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