Disgrace in Dover

Residents complain about garbage pile-up

Desperate to get the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) to clear unsightly heaps of garbage from the area, one Dover Christ Church resident sent Barbados TODAY a photograph of a skip standing this evening on Dover Beach, and which the person said had been overflowing since Monday.

According to the resident, at the best of times, the SSA collected waste once a week, but that was on rare occasions. Often, the person said, the rubbish was left lying there for over two weeks.

A Dover, Christ Church resident says this skip has been overflowing since Monday.
A Dover, Christ Church resident says this skip has been overflowing since Monday.

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams picked up on the concern, telling Barbados TODAY he had visited the location and it was being overrun by disease vectors.

“The area is disgusting with it [garbage]. There are rats there at nights, and flies during the day. It is an eyesore.

“Our children are being exposed to that on a daily basis, our tourists are seeing that. In what is supposed to be one of our premier beaches, in one of our prime tourists areas, it is not sending the right message,” Abrahams complained.

Noting that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had said during last week’s presentation of the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals that funding would be made available for a national cleanup programme, the Opposition Senator expressed disbelief.

“Are we serious about this?” he asked.

“In light of the fact that the Government has obviously realized that we have an environmental crisis, and the cleanup of Barbados needs to be prioritized, it is inexcusable that we still have situations occurring like this where on one of our most popular beaches that amount of garbage is allowed to accumulate in a skip without being cleared.”

“While we accept that the whole of Barbados needs to be dealt with and some plan must be had for it, we at least need to deal immediately with the obvious and public situation,” Abrahams added.

8 Responses to Disgrace in Dover

  1. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 25, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Why can’t trashed be picked up regularly in Bim? For the life of me I cannot see why there is a problem.

  2. BoboTheClown August 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

    We getting more and more careless and nasty in Babados.
    When I was a lickle boy I used to ear , Cleanliness is the next ting to Godliness. I don’t know if its Godliness, or cleanliness that has changed so dramatically now dat mi air a tun gray ,but Babadians seem to tolerate nastiness now more di ever. Dem that we put incharge don’t give a damn. Na wonder de zika, de Chicken Pick ya, the Dengue lick ivading we Shore. The only ting left to attack we now is de wild dogs and cats that a so prevelent pun the Island.
    Giv um time , yes giv um a lickle more time .

  3. Donna Harewood August 25, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Alas! Our politicians are seriously lacking in common sense. Do they not understand the effects of poor management of garbage and the costs that will accrue? Are they not aware that the old adage “penny wise and pound foolish” is applicable here? Man, buy the trucks and pick up the garbage! It will cost us less in the long run.

  4. Aneta August 25, 2016 at 9:02 am

    This is where we are as a country. A pack of blundering fools that only care about how fat their pockets are. Dem don’t give a France about us. Unqualified idiots. All of our social services are broken. Never thought I’ll live to see us in this state. May God help us all. May God help us to get rid of everyone of dem. USELESS

  5. Tony Webster August 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

    @Bobo: when Ernest Deighton Mottley ran Bridgetown like a well-oiled machine, or a B.D.F. vessel on patrol, or even like a decent , well-managed household where real pride and real truth resided…..the garbage was not only removed daily; streets and side-walks were not merely swept clean….they were hosed-down and cleaned as if real humans were expected in the capital city later…together with “visiting guests”….and everything had to be made ready and proper. No big deal: it was his duty, job, and responsibility. Ditto for tose hard-working guys who did the actual work.

    One more time: such exemplified Real Pride, and Real Industry. Now, a receding memory like my hair-line; an endangered species; something not “politically correct” to discuss.

  6. JR August 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Hmmm did anyone notice that the skip in question belongs to a private company, won’t they be responsible for the pick up??

  7. Snagglepuss August 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Just as an FYI, the burnt out and abandoned car eyesore that has been left to rust out in the scenic lookout spot just above Bath beach is still there after it has been sitting there for months now and after it has been drawn to the attention of the authorities on multiple occasions by individual citizens and the press. Judging by Dr Lowe’s and his ministry’s apparent inability to have an abandoned, unsightly, rusted-out car wreck removed from a scenic beauty spot even after many months have gone by, I do not advise Dover’s residents and overseas visitors to expect a speedy resolution of this garbage disposal issues either.

  8. Donild Trimp August 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Barbados is a banana republic. Mismanaged from top to bottom.

    The problem is not with picking up the garbage, the problem is a simple one. Proper storage bins are needed for the garbage until pick up day.


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