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Rescue us, please!

Opposition MP George Payne today complained that while the Freundel Stuart administration had rushed to the rescue of the people of Dominica following hurricane devastation last year, it has abandoned its own people in White Hill, St Andrew.

Payne levelled the charge as he joined with residents in reiterating their strong appeal to Government for urgent help after another section of the road leading into the ill-fated rural district collapsed.




George Payne

The Barbados Labour Party representative said it was clear to him that the people of St Andrew have been “abandoned” by the ruling Democratic Labour Party, following heavy rains in November 2014 that caused extensive land slippage and rendered the White Hill main road impassable before it was officially condemned a month later.

“It took them over a year before they could even think about a temporary road. They came and they put the marl on mud, I mean close to the edge of the road and  . . . now the road has totally collapsed, and despite the calls to the Ministry of Transport and Works, they have done nothing.

“They have refused to involve officials from Soil Conservation in this exercise  . . .  and I believe these are the head people that should have been involved,” he complained to Barbados TODAY.

Comparing Government’s response to the 2015 Dominica hurricane tragedy, which he acknowledged was worse than what obtains in White Hill, Payne said: “We sent down members of the [Barbados] Defence Force. . .  and Dominica has, if you are looking at it in terms of a temporary fix, they have actually benefited from the attention of the various authorities in at least getting a road that is passible.

“Now when you look here, you can’t believe people are living in these conditions,” he said, adding that the situation had  now reached the point of “unbearable”.


As an Opposition MP,  Payne said all he could do at this stage for his constituents was to continually highlight the situation in the hope that the relevant authorities, including the Barbados Water Authority, come to their rescue.

“We are more or less at the mercy of the Government,” Payne said while throwing his hands in the air.

In addition to maintenance of the unaffected areas of White Hill ,  he suggested Government needs to urgently get to work on a promised temporary road while it carries out a feasibility study “to determine where the permanent road would be placed.

“More importantly, those people who have been dislocated, those people should be relocated, especially seeing that lands have been acquired at Farmers [St Thomas] for people who must be relocated,” he said, adding that one of the failings of Government to date has been not issuing conveyances to residents who are entitled to land transfers.


Today, he was strongly backed up by the outspoken Carlitha Andrews, a resident of the area for almost 30 years, who pointed out that Ministry of Transport and Works had  not honoured its assurance that work on a temporary road would have restarted last Tuesday.

Carlitha Andrews has been living in White Hill for almost 30 years.

“Everything seems to be about politics and it is not fair.”

She said in addition to road issues they were suffering from severe water woes.

However, “it is like if we are not living on this island, we living elsewhere,” Andrews told Barbados TODAY, while accusing the authorities of totally ignoring their plight.


“It negligence to the highest degree,” she insisted, while also charging that residents were being victimized for calling in the media.





Just last week, the Ministry of Transport and Works had given an assurance that it had not abandoned embattled White Hill.

However, it in a statement, it maintained that a geotechnical study was urgently needed in order to ascertain the underlying causes, as well as to find the best solution to road problems plaguing the rural community.

“The purpose of the study will be to carry out geophysical, geotechnical, hydrogeological and engineering investigations, and to have the relevant reports prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Works as a basis for the determination of the optimum, sustainable solution to the road failures in the White Hill area,” the Ministry had said.

It had also promised that in the interim, work on a temporary road would resume on Tuesday, May 17th 2016 but according to residents no such thing has been done.

22 Responses to Rescue us, please!

  1. Pam Fazio
    Pam Fazio May 21, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Charity should begin at home!

  2. Ann Aquarius
    Ann Aquarius May 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Not me I Ain sleepin in deyyyy O_o #happy50th

  3. Araya Sunshine
    Araya Sunshine May 21, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    White Hill people were suffering and begging to be relocated looooooonng before 2008!!

  4. Princess Phillip
    Princess Phillip May 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    What happened with the area in Farmers St. Thomas that was prepared infrastructure and all for the relocation of the families from white Hill St.Andrew?

    • Wayne Dread May 22, 2016 at 2:06 am

      Ask the voters, the BLP said the march was not about politics, so Wunna marched Wunna behinds and voted for the minister, and all he can give Wunna is talk….n e x t election ,vote he out

  5. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks May 21, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Not that they don’t need help,but wunna sure some of these people ain’t went back and build houses on some of the same land that the government remove some of these people from over 30 yrs ago

  6. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler May 21, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Araya, I was thinking the same thing cause I remember that this issue arose all back in the 1990’s. Remind me of the water problems in St. Joseph & St. Andrew. People suffering for ages & politicians who represent the people in the areas for umpteen years & who had opportunity to address the problem when they were part of the Govt, can only talk & criticize when they are in opposition. But…thats politics I guess.

    • Araya Sunshine
      Araya Sunshine May 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      When I was 28 years old they were promised they would be relocated in Farmers St. Thomas. Today I am the proud owner of a Barp card. Do the maths…..lolll

    • Vernon Chandler
      Vernon Chandler May 21, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Lol. lol.

  7. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham May 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    George Payne so wicked that house was before the Dlp had office

  8. Princess Phillip
    Princess Phillip May 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I am not sure if the same people rebuild down there, what I can say is some people did relocate and houses were place back in the same area.

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks May 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Yes my bad other people build there ,I remember they had relocate a lot of people from there and gave them new houses in St Thomas ,

  9. Vernon Chandler
    Vernon Chandler May 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    But in any case from what I understand (note I say that) most of those houses (if not all) were never given permission to be there anyhow. And is kinda unfair to honest people who go to a bank & make sacrifices to pay back a loan or mortgage for their house or land every month, & then people come & squat & build illegally on land they aint own & when something go wrong they complain & blame govt & get a free house. I would like to see how many of them people got land tax certifcates

    • Coralita May 21, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      That’s how some unscrupulous bajans cheat the system and then they try to make the government look bad.

  10. Loretta Griffith May 22, 2016 at 5:01 am

    Until integrity is brought back to public life whether you be a B, C or D we will always find ourselves confronted with these issues. We should tell persons the truth whether they are offended or not. Only then will they have respect for your intelligence, be it limited or otherwise. We do them no good when we only tell them what they want to hear.
    Good luck to all.

  11. Carson C Cadogan May 22, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Someone needs to remind PAIN that those houses were promised to be relocated before the DLP took office in 2008.

    All PAIN doing is turning up in RED CLOTHES. So that is showing us who he really wants to help.


  12. Jus me May 22, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Carson 100% CORRECT.
    The DPP have a USE FOR YOU or NO USE FOR YOU.

    How can a PM of Barbados REGARDLESS of party, see his Barbadian people suffering so bad and DO NOTHING????

  13. Green Giant May 22, 2016 at 7:57 am

    The lots at Farmers were prepared since the opposition were in government. Mr. Payne should tell the media that while some White Hill residents moved voluntarily others were adamant they were staying, he should also tell the media that many of whom are now complaining are those who moved in as squatters after the others moved to farmers. I guess it provided him with votes, but it’s safety first, and White Hill needs a total relocation effort.

    I can remember back in the 70’s my great aunt’s pig’s pen was found in her neighbours’ back yard after overnight rain that caused severe land slippage.

    Maybe after total relocation properly designed access road, and drainage infrastructure can be done there so maybe, just maybe that area can again be suitable for residential dwelling. Otherwise it should be handed to soil conservation and the farmers for food cultivation, with access provided for vehicles needed for farming.

  14. Coralita May 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

    You really think Payne honest enough to tell the truth, the man looking for votes. This is his five minutes of glory.

    We sit and encourage people in nonsense all the time. They moved in and squat so they can get free houses while other hardworking bajans have to spend heavily to get their own homes.

    Blasted mendicancy!!!

  15. maxjustina May 23, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Way back in 1985 while working under the supervision of a Librarian she informed us that St Andrew was going to break away from Barbados eventually. Seems that it is on course. In recent times we have been hearing of “earth shifting poles”. If this be true then the situation in St Andrew may be a reflection of the shifting of the earth. Maybe someone can do some research on the subject. I would advise the people of St Andrew to get out of there as fast as they can before it becomes too late. PLEASE!!!


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