White Hill residents plead for new road
The residents of White Hill, St Andrew want a response from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart or some other relevant authority to their plea for
a new road.
A team from Barbados TODAY visited the area this afternoon and spoke to residents who said they were still in the dark about what, if anything, would be done to help them.
The road became impassable last November after heavy rains created large cracks. Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley visited the area and said the road would be abandoned while alternative measures were found to facilitate travel and residents would be relocated.
But outspoken resident Carlitha Andrews who has lived in the area for more than 30 years said they have heard nothing.
“Right now nobody came to us and tell us anything. All that we are learning we are learning through the media, as usual,” she said.
“We need some answers, that is all we are asking for. We would like a town hall meeting to know what is going on; if that is what it takes we need to know what is going on.”
Many of those living in the community said it felt like they were in a world by themselves and they were becoming increasingly concerned about their safety.
“Yuh couldn’t even go to the supermarket because they wouldn’t let the bus come down here and you cannot trot down [the road] with all of those bags,” Andrews said.
“Everyday you used to see two ice-cream trucks coming down and not even that the children can’t even see now. Yuh can’t get any bread from the bread van. My phone went bad and I had to spend almost a month before I could get it fix. The men from the utility company said they got to come all around and they can’t find you. You have to park your vehicle way back up there [up the road] and walk. After nine o’clock the buses do not come down here because the cars have to park on the road because they cannot drive down in here. You don’t know who will break into your car because you live miles away from your car. It isn’t easy and these are the situations which we face here and everybody just turning their backs on us!”
Some of them said their plight made this past Christmas horrible as they insisted that their situation is an urgent one that should have been addressed a long time ago.
While one of the solutions put forward was relocation, one resident Randolph Springer told Barbados TODAY he was not interested.
“I like White Hill and I ain’t really got any plans on leaving White Hill. I would like the system to get this road fix because the main problem is the road and once the roads do the people alright,” he said.
“This is a water works problem that they never come and deal with it and now it really start to deteriorate but right now it [water] seems to be settling and this is the time that the people should come and deal with it . . . Do the road before the rain come that is all I asking.”
Cyril Jordan, 64, added that since living in White Hill he has never seen or experienced a problem like this and all he was concerned about was Government fixing it to make life easier for himself and his neighbours.
Despite their problems, the residents thanked the Ministry of Transport and Works which came to their rescue and sent trucks to collect their garbage when the Sanitation Service Authority did not during the Christmas season.