Temporary relief promised to White Hill


In the wake of concerns expressed by St Andrew residents and their parliamentary representative George Payne, the Ministry of Transport and Works has given the assurance that it has not abandoned embattled White Hill.

However, it maintains that a geotechnical study is urgently needed in order to ascertain the underlying causes, as well as to find the best solution to road problems plaguing the rural community.

The purpose of the study will be to carry out geophysical, geotechnical, hydrogeological and engineering investigations, and to have the relevant reports prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Works as a basis for the determination of the optimum, sustainable solution to the road failures in the White Hill area,” the Ministry said in a statement issued yesterday.

Resident Dolene Griffith points out the cracks that forced her out of her home.
Resident Dolene Griffith points out the cracks that forced her out of her home.

In the interim, work on a temporary road is due to resume on Tuesday, May 17th 2016, in order to provide a measure of relief for the residents after heavy rains in November 2014 caused extensive land slippage, rendering their main road impassable. The road was condemned a month later.

Major break at White Hill repaired.
Major breaks have occurred at White Hill.

Efforts by Government to repair the damage have so far been unsuccessful, after cracks began appearing in a temporary road built in the area.

Speaking in Parliament Thursday night during debate on a no confidence motion brought by his Opposition Barbados Labour Party against the Government, Payne had strongly appealed for help for his constituents, saying in addition to the infrastructural issues, the area was also affected by the ongoing water problems.

Those people are living in hell, and, talking about water, when the water does come on it is very brown,” he told Parliament.

5 Responses to Temporary relief promised to White Hill

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 15, 2016 at 12:41 am


  2. Jack May 15, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Smh…You telling me that since 2014 and none of those studies ain’t done yet. Promises don’t mean nothing to people that suffering. Wunna really think that bajans stupid, but we know that elections around the corner. We also know that the only roads in Barbados that getting fixed now in St. Philip. Lashley making sure he wins back his seat. George…hold strain. We know you can’t do nothing because your party ain’t in power; but we will fix that soon so that you can fix the problems facing the people of Whitehill. Shame shame shame

    • HARDBALL May 16, 2016 at 6:17 am

      I can bet you that if Payne gets in, nothing will happen soon. That’s politricks for you.

      What amazes me, is that the opposition is doing a lot of talking, but I am sure that if the BLP were in power, the country would be exactly where it is now.

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Happy 50th.

  4. J. Payne May 15, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    That was why Errol Barrow said no building must be done in the Greenland District because in 50 years or so nuff houses would be falling down the hill.


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