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‘One last letter’

Mottley wants to talk water with minister

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley plans to write to Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick to request a meeting to discuss the water shortages facing residents of the northern parishes.

Mottley announced her intention last night at a town hall meeting organized by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at the Boscobel Community Centre, where residents vented their frustration at the frequent water outages.

The BLP leader said a select number of residents from each affected parish would be invited to join her at the meeting, her tone suggesting it would be a final effort before a march by disgruntled water-starved Barbadians.

Dr David Estwick

Dr David Estwick

“I am going to write one last letter – not to the [Barbados] Water Authority, I will copy them. I am writing the Minister . . . and I will ask the minister for a meeting, not just with the political class, the MPs and the Cabinet.

“I will ask some of you to join us. Some of the people from Tuesday, and last Thursday [town hall meetings] will join us,” she stated.

She also revealed plans to seek meetings on the issue with other agencies and organizations, including the trade unions and civil society.

“This is not a political issue. This is an issue that affects thousands of workers who live in the north of Barbados. It affects their ability to get to work on time, to plan, but above all else, it affects their health.”

A BLP official told Barbados TODAY the letter would likely be delivered to Dr Estwick as early as Monday.

“The time for talking and promises is over. There must be an agreed plan with the Government, the Opposition, civil society, the unions and the residents,” she stressed.

The Opposition Leader did not say what the next steps would be if the minister turned down her request or if the meeting produced no tangible results.

However, her announcement came against the backdrop of Tuesday’s disclosure by Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall of plans for a march outside the BWA’s headquarters.

“We have to have careful and lawful protest,” he said at St Bernard’s Primary School in Lammings, where residents from his parish and neighbouring districts gathered for a similar town hall meeting.

“We have to ramp up. No point in us doing a march by ourselves because St Andrew has the problem, St Thomas, St Peter, and St Lucy. It is important for us that whenever we take that step that we make sure we mobilize as many people as possible.

“It is going to come, but we just want to make sure that we get everybody on board so that we can have an impactful march. And this time we will be marching to the Pine [BWA headquarters],” Marshall said.

7 Responses to ‘One last letter’

  1. Pat Lucas
    Pat Lucas January 9, 2016 at 7:36 am

    More talking. How about finding a resolution to the problem?

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 9, 2016 at 8:07 am
  3. Kahfee Ann Mayers Cheeseman
    Kahfee Ann Mayers Cheeseman January 9, 2016 at 8:22 am

    We (in Rock Hall, St Andrew) endured this problem from Christmas 2014 until around February-March 2015….they couldn’t find the problem then and I’m almost certain they won’t now. I actually find it interesting that we are once more enduring the same thing at approximately the same time.
    I always believed it was just being turned off and I say this because one knows when pipes are being worked on the water will have some sort of discoloration or something indicating such… I could be wrong. It I could also be right.
    For those with running water….be thankful.
    Hopefully someone “saves” us.

  4. Squiddly. January 10, 2016 at 1:30 am

    once there is some squabble trust her to become part of it,here we go again the author of confusion.

  5. Ashley Boxill January 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

    What they need to understand is the ripple effect this “water outage” will have on the country. Think about it. Gastroenteritis, cholera and the lists goes on. wtf. So in effect it would not only affect persons who are not getting water. They need to get their act together. Really? In 2016. What about our basis human rights?
    Something really needs to be done.

  6. jrsmith January 10, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    I am a Democrat, but hail, hail, to the dear lady , if bajans want to be truthful , had not for her , a lot of issues, bajans wouldn’t even have heard about , most serious … The lady as in opposition , must still accept ,that past government s ,on both sides ,is to be blame for blatant neglect of Barbados’s infrastructure. decades after decades,

    We are now at a cross road, with government not capable to see beyond tourism, which they have grown accustom to. having to choose what is important to maintain the life styles of bajans…this is only a case of , non professional management ,not coping with whats beyond them…water is the start, there is a lot more to come… as I said before , our government is as like people wanting to build a house, but employing the 20 person to do so as from the painting profession.

    The lady , is writing a letter to , who ever she thinks would read and do something about the same, but I am not siding with her, on this occasion, you are going to complain ,to persons who wouldn’t care to call a meeting to discuss the issue, with people who are not capable of logic thinking ,people with the rum shop mentality, the rum and corned beef brigade..

    Who is bothered , who is brave enough, who would point fingers at the people in government , who are the ones elected by the same failures not being able to manage Barbados LTD.. This is just the start…we are heading for disaster…


  7. waterman14 January 11, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I’ve said this at least five times in this newspapers in the past week. And I’ll say it again.
    You folks should be asking John Mwansa and Minister Estwick about the most
    economical supply of water existing in the freshwater lens under the entire Island. Millions
    of dollars have already been paid to foreign consultants to develop plans and prepare
    reports which exist in the government archives collecting dust. I know all of this because I
    contributed to the preparation of some of those reports. Seems to me like a game of
    political football is being played. If the BWA engineers do not know how to implement the
    freshwater lens technique, I will provide FREE guidance to BWA personnel. LAST CALL!!


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