White Hill residents living in ‘hell’ – Payne
The Parliamentary representative for St Andrew, George Payne, appealed to Government to come to the rescue of residents of White Hill.
Heavy rains in November 2014 caused extensive land slippage, rendering the road impassable. The road was condemned a month later.
Efforts by Government to repair the damage have so far been unsuccessful, after cracks began appearing in a temporary road built in the area.
The Ministry of Transport and Works was expected to conduct a scientific study on the temporary road to determine the cause of the cracks.
However speaking in Parliament last night, Parliament outlined the conditions under which some residents were forced to live because of the infrastructural challenges in the area.
“You had a situation where in November 2014 a national catastrophe, and I invited the Prime Minister at the time, I think that the whole of Barbados should pay a visit to White Hill. It is a serious thing. You have people living under galvanize, just sheets of galvanize.
“The honourable member, [the Minister of Transport and Works], has told me certain things. He said when he went down there what he saw he could not believe, and that is the reason why he stated that the road should build back up. I can accept that, but then when you come back, having accepted that you made that error, and you decide that you’re going to rebuild, then you desert the people again,” said Payne.
He also queried why residents were being asked to pay for the shuttle which services the area.
“The other thing that that minister has to do is to tell the people at the Transport Board you cannot ask people [going to town] to pay for a shuttle. You going to Hillaby [St Andrew] . . . you have to get a shuttle to go right round. So you have to pay $2.50 to the shuttle to get to Hillaby, and then you have to pay another $2.50 to get to town,” he reported.
In addition to the infrastructural issues, Payne said the area was also affected by the ongoing water problems.
“Those people are living in hell, and, talking about water, when the water does come on it is very brown,” he said.