Tough conditions in St Andrew district

The people of White Hill and Hillaby, St Andrew say they have had to suffer the twin inconveniences of dry taps and an impassable road, making life in the northern parish uncomfortable.

A massive landslide last November cut off the main vehicular access road in White Hill, and a month later Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley announced that he had been advised by experts that the road should be abandoned. Earlier this year Lashley announced that it could cost some $2 million to provide a new road.

Jaffa McAdam has difficulty doing simple home chores because of lack of water.
Jaffa McAdam has difficulty doing simple home chores because of lack of water.

When a Barbados TODAY team visited earlier today residents complained that the poor state of the road was presenting a headache that was compounded by the fact that they had been without water for four days.

Sheep farmer Theodore Jordan of Hillaby, St Andrew said it was difficult for anyone in the area to function without running water.

“We in Hillaby continue to have water outages. The pipes were locked off from Saturday to Tuesday morning. This means that I cannot water my eight black belly sheep. This is a problem that we in Hillaby have been experiencing for some time. Very seldom do water tankers visit the district and as a result we have to wait until the water supply is restored to cook, wash and bathe,” Jordan said.

White Hill resident Jaffa McAdam said she has had to send her son to spend time at his grandmother because of the water outage.

McAdam added that even cooking proved challenging.

“Our taps were dry from Saturday morning until Tuesday night this week. A Barbados Water Authority tender came out on Tuesday but it did not visit White Hill. I find the water supply out here is very unreliable and frustrating. I find it difficult to cook and do my laundry, but I have acquired some barrels to store water for use in the bathroom. It could be very frustrating for someone who has a steady job. You cannot tell your employer that you were unable to come to work because there was no water in your district.”

Shopkeeper Neville Lowe who also lives at White Hill voiced similar concerns.

He complained that the taps had been dry since last Thursday, and although the supply was restored on Tuesday, he faced major hurdles as a small businessman.

Meantime, while taking the Barbados TODAY team on a tour of the badly warped road, Leo “Cold Air” Greaves contended that something would have been done already to reconstruct the road or relocate the families if persons of a higher social class were living in the district.

At the same time, Marguerite Bellamy voiced her frustration at the poor quality of service being offered by the by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), but was adamant that the majority of the 85 households in White Hill had no interest in relocation.

“This land was developed by our parents and grandparents. They planted all kinds of fruit trees that can be processed and made into rich fruit juices. On any plot of land in the district the home of a son, a daughter or an aunt can be found,” she said.

White Hill provides a panoramic view of the rolling hills of the Scotland District.

12 Responses to Tough conditions in St Andrew district

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Freundel where art thou?

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar August 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

      And where is they representive

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    • Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux
      Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux August 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Veroniva the Prime Minister is the one who pulled from the Ministers of Housing and Transport and Works, to the Chief Town Planner and every other officer together to ensure that this project moves. And I was there. It is not a quick fix, nor is it a cheap fix. It is a longstanding problem which should have been addressed effectively and efficiently at least 10 years ago when the country had money. Some pipes are 150 years old up there. Couple that with the weak and burst ones that triggered the destabilisation of the road and you have disaster. There is a Barbadian saying that “everything happens for a reason,” and as dire as the earth movement was last November, it brought the blessing of a couple million dollars insurance which is being utilised to make wrong things right for White Hill people. And it is happening as I write. Some frustration and inconvenience will be inevitable, but i know those poor people will not have to wait as long as they have waited already.

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    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

      The only thing we see moving in St Andrew is the landslide. The Cartoon Characters have been elected to serve the citizens of Barbados, not some or half, all of them. It is their duty to ensure that there is adequate water supply for the citizens and keep them informed of any progress made. If, the matter was addressee only, in the first place there would of been no complaints from the citizens. Like a number of things that have been neglected: QEH, St John Polyclinic, Speightstown Jetty, the Highway heading towards St Thomas, the monopoly houses built that have been left unoccupied after million of dollars been spent building them, the Sandals no way product that vanished, government staff doing what their like turning up for work doing the minimum at a snails pace and receiving full salaries, now wunna got another brain storm to build a five hundred million dollar sugar factory to make ten thousand tons of sugar the list goes on and on.

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    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

      The only thing we see moving in St Andrew is the landslide. The Cartoon Characters have been elected to serve the citizens of Barbados, not some or half, all of them. It is their duty to ensure that there is adequate water supply for the citizens and keep them informed of any progress made. If, the matter was addressee only, in the first place there would of been no complaints from the citizens. Like a number of things that have been neglected: QEH, St John Polyclinic, Speightstown Jetty, the Highway heading towards St Thomas, the monopoly houses built that have been left unoccupied after million of dollars been spent building them, the Sandals no way product that vanished, government staff doing what their like turning up for work doing the minimum at a snails pace and receiving full salaries, now wunna got another brain storm to build a five hundred million dollar sugar factory to make ten thousand tons of sugar the list goes on and on.

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 7, 2015 at 7:12 am

    BWA said, that there pipe laying project has come in under budget, in other words there is a surplus of funds. So, why are the citizens in White Hall and Hillaby still being deprived of water? How wunna could threat the people of the Garden of Eden so bad? The landslide separated the parish of St Andrew completely from the rest of Barbados, so the citizens don’t exists. Next time use wunna vote wisely.

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    • Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux
      Irene Sandiford-Garner Fertur Lux August 7, 2015 at 7:33 am

      It is true. They have been badly represented for the past 25-odd years. Taken for granted because the incumbent assumes the vote is sure. Happens in many so-called “strongholds.” Hopefully that will change. As for the water main laying project, that is being completed successfully, and the land movement is being factored in as it pertains to certain areas.

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  3. Allyson Benn
    Allyson Benn August 7, 2015 at 7:52 am

    But as someone who used to live up there up to 96, y’all know damn well those problems ain’t just start this year. Or last year, or with this government.

    Not the water, not the land slippage.

    Smh. When they told many ppl to move back then, the very same cry was heard “oh this is my family land I cannot give it up”.

    So what are the authorities to do?

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  4. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens August 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Dont paid the water bill

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  5. Viveean Foster
    Viveean Foster August 7, 2015 at 10:44 am

    wait 2 million is too much money to repair a road in st andrew and you repairing sam lords castle for millions and giving cahill even more ??????? come on mannnnnnn we vote too

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  6. ch August 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Exactly @ Viveean- $2 million dollars for a road is nothing compared to the waste money spent by Government on frivolous, unnecessary things. How much does it cost when Government officials travel overseas with their entourage of sight-seers?
    If there are geological/geographic reasons why relocation is recommended, then the residents need to have a proper forum to hear that and discuss their options. You cannot fight nature and win but Government has a duty to all Barbadians.

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  7. jrsmith August 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    The major failure of any government , is not being able or have the logic or strategic planning to have a proper balance infrastructure, its easy to build more houses, you need to update , your power, water ,sewage, highways and drainage ,but we don’t have that type of government

    We need professional people to put Barbados right, not necessary bajans , year after year we see bad management , people having jobs because of the party in power, doesn’t matter if they are qualified of have the skills.

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