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Businessman says he’s under attack

Businessman Anderson Cherry is crying out that he has been under attack for the past week and is suggesting that damage caused by fire to his Belle, St Michael office complex of Jose y Jose is just a continuation.

Though Cherry has begun to count his losses, quick action by a team of seven fire officers from Probyn Street, under the command of Station Officer Denton Foster, averted total disaster last night for the businessman, who had already suffered significant financial losses this week on account of the Government’s new tipping fee for garbage disposal.

Damage to the two-storey commercial building was contained to the lower level by the firemen who responded with two water tenders to a 12:27 a.m call. They were able to bring the blaze under control within 20 minutes.


A burnt out section of the Jose y Jose office complex in the Belle, St Michael.

Arriving on the scene around 1:30 a.m. after being informed by a neighbour, Cherry said the fire seemed to be the work of vandals.

Here, Cherry points to the burnt out section of his building as officers and professional colleague Dave Hinds look on.

Here, Cherry points to the burnt out section of his building as officers and professional colleague Dave Hinds look on.

However, the interim chairman of the Waste Haulers Association doubted there was any connection to this week’s protest action by members of the group. They have been off the job since Monday demanding that the Government removes the controversial $25 tipping fee, which they say puts their survival at stake.

The action by the private operators, who are responsible for about 65 per cent of the island’s garbage collection, has already resulted in several unsightly pile-ups across the country, even as Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe refuses to budge to the movers’ demands.

“I don’t want to get into trouble. For the whole week, them lambaste me. I have been attacked the whole week. Even Minister of Environment Lowe said he instructed Sanitation (Service Authority) to buy skips, so he is attacking me.

“It is not about me, please take me out of it. Take Anderson Arnold Cherry out of it,” he said.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY this morning at the Warrens, St Michael site, which has been home to the protestors for the past five days, Cherry assured that he would still be putting much effort into the strike action because it was important
to him.

“It is not about Jose and Jose and who doesn’t like me personally or who have been offended by me, I am not speaking on behalf of Jose and Jose, I am speaking on behalf of the waste haulers and I am speaking on behalf of the people of Barbados,” the businessman stressed.

4 Responses to Businessman says he’s under attack

  1. fair trade May 16, 2015 at 7:32 am

    I fail to see the connection between the action and the arson.. the action in question is the tipping fee. Is he or the reporter insinuating that the ministry is responsible for the fire? What is the ministry to do about the wildcat strike, except find a way to avert a possible health hazard by assigning the essential pickup , including purchasing of equipment to protect the health and safety of the citizens of barbados,

  2. fair trade May 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    fire appears to be the work of vandals, why is this so repetitive? Is this an attempt to cover up arson? If the collection and disposal of medical waste from the QEH was contracted to this company and they agreed to pick up that waste, it could easily cause dissension between the haulers whom he represent, and the,reaction could be retaliatory

  3. villager. May 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    MR. CHERRY, please stop ,i repeat again i am not buying this story about vandals trying or attempting to burn your business, this seems to me to be an orchestrated act intended to create some sort of sympathetic result.Again MR. CHERRY are your premises being located in a remote area to some degree,have security cameras, or any other form of security devices,if not, then why? Do you have security guards on the premises? Were they on duty?Given the size of your property and the apparent value of your property and equipment, would it not be the sensible thing to have security?YOU see MR. CHEERY i have quite a few reservations about your story and a good investigation into to these circumstances might find someone wanting, another thing such a large property and only the office burnt? Given the location and obviously no security do you not think someone who had in in for you would have had enough time to create more havoc to the premises? I am curious who called the fire service,and who called you as well?

  4. Mac10 May 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Why are the police officers not wearing shirts under their jackets???? I know it’s the uniform but it just looks beyond scruffy & unprofessional!!


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