‘Trouble Tree’ removed
Residents of Church Gap, Hillaby, St Andrew can rest easier now that their “trouble tree” experience is over.
The overgrown breadfruit tree, which posed a risk to residents for about a year-and-a-half, has been removed by Barbados Light and Power (BL&P), thanks to the intervention of Barbados TODAY.
The tree had been damaged during Tropical Storm Tomas back in 2010. Some of the branches grew back but part of the tree did not and had started to rot, according to resident Ionia Springer, who said the new branches were touching the power lines, causing them to spark.
She said she had called BL&P on numerous occasions, pleading with them to trim the branches, and when they finally responded it was too late to do anything.
“We heard this heavy rolling in the district; 11:30 in the night they came to cut the tree,” Springer said.
But the workmen said it was too dark and promised to return.
Barbados TODAY contacted BL&P and spoke to Communications Specialist Jennifer Blackman who said that “it was noted” and that it would be dealt with.
Shortly after our call a crew turned up to remove the tree.
Springer said she was becoming fearful that the matter would not have been resolved.
Blackman is imploring residents to call 626-9000 if they have any emergencies so that they could be addressed expeditiously.