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.
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.