Tough conditions in St Andrew district
The people of White Hill and Hillaby, St Andrew say they have had to suffer the twin inconveniences of dry taps and an impassable road, making life in the northern parish uncomfortable.
A massive landslide last November cut off the main vehicular access road in White Hill, and a month later Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley announced that he had been advised by experts that the road should be abandoned. Earlier this year Lashley announced that it could cost some $2 million to provide a new road.
When a Barbados TODAY team visited earlier today residents complained that the poor state of the road was presenting a headache that was compounded by the fact that they had been without water for four days.
Sheep farmer Theodore Jordan of Hillaby, St Andrew said it was difficult for anyone in the area to function without running water.
“We in Hillaby continue to have water outages. The pipes were locked off from Saturday to Tuesday morning. This means that I cannot water my eight black belly sheep. This is a problem that we in Hillaby have been experiencing for some time. Very seldom do water tankers visit the district and as a result we have to wait until the water supply is restored to cook, wash and bathe,” Jordan said.
White Hill resident Jaffa McAdam said she has had to send her son to spend time at his grandmother because of the water outage.
McAdam added that even cooking proved challenging.
“Our taps were dry from Saturday morning until Tuesday night this week. A Barbados Water Authority tender came out on Tuesday but it did not visit White Hill. I find the water supply out here is very unreliable and frustrating. I find it difficult to cook and do my laundry, but I have acquired some barrels to store water for use in the bathroom. It could be very frustrating for someone who has a steady job. You cannot tell your employer that you were unable to come to work because there was no water in your district.”
Shopkeeper Neville Lowe who also lives at White Hill voiced similar concerns.
He complained that the taps had been dry since last Thursday, and although the supply was restored on Tuesday, he faced major hurdles as a small businessman.
Meantime, while taking the Barbados TODAY team on a tour of the badly warped road, Leo “Cold Air” Greaves contended that something would have been done already to reconstruct the road or relocate the families if persons of a higher social class were living in the district.
At the same time, Marguerite Bellamy voiced her frustration at the poor quality of service being offered by the by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), but was adamant that the majority of the 85 households in White Hill had no interest in relocation.
“This land was developed by our parents and grandparents. They planted all kinds of fruit trees that can be processed and made into rich fruit juices. On any plot of land in the district the home of a son, a daughter or an aunt can be found,” she said.
White Hill provides a panoramic view of the rolling hills of the Scotland District.