‘No road, no vote’
Residents of Dodd’s Tenantry, Padmore Village, St Philip have sent a strong warning to their Member of Parliament, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley, that he should not expect their votes in the next election if they did not have a well-paved road by then.
The residents, some of whom have been living in the rural St Philip North district for up to 40 years, said they had waited for over four decades for a proper road and they did not intend to wait much longer.
“No Road, No Vote!” exclaimed Andria Maynard, who complained that the 20 homeowners who make up the district paid taxes and should benefit from Government’s services and amenities.
Septuagenarian Sheila Bailey who has been living at Dodd’s Tenantry for the past 40 years complained that she had to think twice about wearing new shoes on the unpaved and rugged road.
“When you are about to wear a new pair of shoes to church or any special occasion you have to think twice. You have to wear a pair of slippers until you reach the main road which is over 300 metres away. Officials of the Ministry of Transport and Works have been visiting the district since 1970 to take measurements for a new road, but the road is yet to materialize,” Bailey told Barbados TODAY.
Damian Franklyn, 33, is the owner of a spanking new sport utility vehicle. He said it was costly to maintain the vehicle because of the state of the road.
“It is impossible to keep your vehicle in good shape on this road. Owners of vehicles in this district have to replace tyres, shocks and suspensions on a regular basis . . . This road is so bad that drivers prefer to use the cart road to reach the paved road. When the rain falls parts of the road near my home is extremely muddy,” Franklyn said.
Forty-seven-year-old Kenville Maynard offered a temporary solution which did not involve residents having to walk or drive. He suggested a bus service through the community until the road is repaired.
“Why should the residents of the area have to walk over 300 metres over rugged terrain to access the bus service. We deserve better from a Government which takes our taxes,” he said.
When contacted this evening, Minister Lashley said he would get back to us with a comment. (NC)