Something wrong with system, says Boyce

Health Minister John Boyce has conceded that something has gone wrong with the south coast sewerage system, and he believes he knows who is to blame.

Addressing a political meeting of his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Boyce, who is the parliamentary representative for Christ Church South, which encompasses the sewerage plant at Graeme Hall, pointed the finger at the former Barbados Labour Party administration, accusing it of years of neglect.

However, he said it now falls to the DLP Government to correct the problem.

Minister of Health John Boyce
Minister of Health John Boyce

“You see that sewerage plant at Graeme Hall, that was . . .  ignored for 15 years,” he told the gathering of the St Michael West branch on Sunday night.

“And I’m not surprised that it has fallen on us in the Democratic Labour Party, at a time when there is not a lot of fiscal room, . . . to find the couple of million dollars that it will take to bring it back up to a standard that it can be used,” he told the gathering.

Boyce, who is an engineer by profession, revealed that he was part of the initial team when the plant was constructed.  And he said he would be willing to take part in any national discussion on the subject.

Just last week, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley warned that all was not well with the sewerage system.

Addressing her party’s annual conference, the BLP leader said she was in possession of a report by biochemist and water quality consultant Patricia Inniss titled, ‘Funds are needed for our collapsing sewerage system’.

Mottley quoted Inniss as reporting, “If funds are not urgently sequestered to correct the multiplicity of problems plaguing both our sewerage treatment plants and their surrounding networks, we face the real possibility of their soon collapse.

The report also revealed that “the South Coast Sewerage Treatment plant has been virtually non-functioning for over a year, as over 90 per cent of the sewage entering the plant is now being diverted  from the influent pumps to the effluent pumps”.

According to the Opposition Leader, the report was sent to BWA Chairman Dr Atlee Brathwaite and copied to the Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick on September 10.

6 Responses to Something wrong with system, says Boyce

  1. carson c cadogan November 4, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Just fix the thing John.

  2. jrsmith November 4, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Again , a whole lot of talk, talk , this thing had problems for the past year , this government in power should have fix the problem, are you all a bunch of school boys playing with bajan people lives, treating us like fools.( Mr, Boyce ) you claim to be an engineer this plant was ignored for 15 years, so the DLP, knew this and did nothing.

    You all came to power and still do nothing , the minister got the front to talk this crap in public, he need to sacked. but then again they are all the same. This just show us all they have no real interest in Barbados or its people. he is trying to score political points , making himself look a dam fool.

    This is beyond belief.

  3. Mac10 November 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    It’s the BLP’s fault.

    That excuse ran out 18 months after you took office in 2008. By now anything wrong is firmly the responsibility of the current Government, mostly definitely after 7years.

    The environment is an issue that does not require any particular colour from Bay Street, as long as the policies you are promoting are green.

    Likewise the sluice gate on worthing Beach has been broken through both parties neglect of the are.

    Stop the blame & truly protect the environment of this country.

  4. Bajan boy.. November 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    He like he now wake up too. For eight years these jokers were in office and he now come to tell and bajans bout neglect from last administration. He has done nothing to it in 8 years so what is that lazy..everyone one of them know wha t is wrong and not one ever give a solution..stupseeeeeeee…guh way….

  5. Rev. H. Malcolm A. Gibbs-Taitt November 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Having been my Minister at MTW, I know Minister Boyce is no fool.
    Anyone reading what he said, after being in Government for close to 8 years, should be forgiven for thinking the Minister has to be a fool.
    Whatever the problems and whatever reasons are the causation, the present Government has to own them and put in place the corrective measures to deal with them.
    There are few foolish people in Barbados, so stop wasting precious time.
    Rev. H. Malcolm A. Gibbs-Taitt.

  6. Alex 3 November 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Mac10 is right on the money with his observations.
    Any government can claim it was the fault of the previous government for a period of time but as he noted after 18-24 months in power where was the plan? Where is the action.
    Typical Barbados political double speak.
    Let a situation grow to untenable proportions and then talk it to death and do nothing.


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