We’re doing our best, Kellman tells White Hill residents
Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman is giving the assurance that authorities are still working on housing solutions for residents of White Hill, St Andrew who have been affected by land slippage.
However, he said Government could not move more quickly to relocate the residents because of economic constraints.
The While Hill community has been affected by road slippage for several years, but heavy rainfall in November 2015 caused another large section of the road to collapse, prompting authorities to embark on a relocation exercise.
So far, five residents have been moved to Farmers, St Thomas. Kellman could not say how many more residents would be relocated, or when.
However, giving an update recently, he told Barbados TODAY the exercise was being done in phases.
“This phase is another five that we are working on and we will continue to do that,” the minister said.
“We have issued contracts to build some more houses. As resources come, we will continue to relocate those persons from that particular area. But as you would appreciate, in these economic times it is not easy to do what you want. You must have money, and if you don’t have money you can’t move at the rate that people would expect you to move at.
“And I am saying we are doing our best and we will ensure that we will look at the vulnerable ones first and nobody can accuse us of being political,” Kellman stressed.