MP calls for relocation of police station
Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds wants the Holetown Police Station moved due to fears that the facility’s location in a flood-prone area would affect the ability of lawmen to provide much-needed assistance during a flood or hurricane emergency.
Symmonds expressed his concern, while noting that too many of Barbados’ essential and emergency services are located on the coast.
“Case in point, Holetown Police Station is on the beach. It is on the flood plain of Holetown,” he said at the annual general meeting of that district’s Disaster Emergency Organization held last evening at Queen’s College.
Symmonds reflected on drainage and other flood prevention work done in the area, which, he said, has “helped to offset and mitigate the difficulties that the poor policemen down there face.”
In spite of this, the Opposition MP noted, he has since had to join others in placing sandbags in the affected area.
“So it is still a problem and the police, as you would appreciate, have to come and work with you when there is a disaster pending. Now, if that disaster is of a nautical nature or hurricane type, then the police can’t come and help you or me if they busy first of all trying to help themselves,” Symmonds said, adding, “the location first of all doesn’t make sense.”
During the AGM, several awards were handed out to volunteers of the St James Central Disaster Emergency Organization.