‘Gov’t ignored funding for sewerage project’

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley is accusing Government of ignoring a Chinese offer to finance rehabilitation of the South Coast Sewerage System, while expending energy on a hotel that is slow in coming.

The Opposition Leader told a party meeting at Top Rock, Christ Church last night that Government had failed to acknowledge a proposal made two-and-a-half years by a leading Chinese bank for hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the problematic south coast effluent system, along with the Bridgetown system, and to build one for the west coast.

“In July of 2014, six months after the sewerage plant stopped working, they had a proposal from the Chinese Government . . . first given on the 21st of July to the Barbados Water Authority from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China . . . to lend them [over] $200 million, 85 per cent of the cost for building of a west coast sewerage plant, a Bridgetown upgrade, and a south coast sewage treatment upgrade for the plant here.” Mottley told supporters.

She said that the proposal was valid for 12 months up to August 2015, but, “the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has never received a response from the Ministry of Finance in relation to that term sheet for the sewage treatment plants of Barbados”.

Mottley charged that Government’s failure to respond to the offer was indicative of the “poor choices” it made, complaining that the administration had opted instead to construct the new Wyndham Hotel on the site of the Sam Lord’s Castle, a project she said that ought to have been undertaken by the private sector.   

She said this had put “the public health and the well-being of the citizens of this country at risk”.

At the same time, she charged, after “two groundbreakings and some buildings knocked down” little had been done on the new hotel project in St Philip. 

13 Responses to ‘Gov’t ignored funding for sewerage project’

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 13, 2016 at 7:37 am

    INCOMPETENT SEALY EVEN AS A SEA URCHIN

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    • Sherlock Holmes. December 14, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Lillian pray tell me the meaning of your statement i am bamboozled.

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  2. Carson C Cadogan December 13, 2016 at 7:42 am

    The South Coast sewage project was built at three times its original cost, this was done under the Barbados Labour Party Govt. yet it was still a poorly executed project. We are reaping the whirlwind from this Barbados labour Party mismanaged facility.

    Look who is out front criticising it. The said same Barbados Labour Party.

    The Bridgetown Sewage Project which is much older than the South Coast sewage and built by the Democratic Labour Party has not in its history had so many problems.

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  3. MIIB December 13, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Yawn……is that not in the opposition remit, to find fault and drum up, i can assume when you was Deputy it was working fine…..always strumming up votes all two is the same thing and you can’t trade the devil for satan.

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  4. jrsmith December 13, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Corruption, corruption ,corruption , this is destroying the economy . reputation , way of life and living standard , of Barbados .. as I always said 50 years of (Independence ) (Dependency) we were not ready for the 51st,,,,,
    What is more dangerous to barbados and bajans,, guns or our politicians….

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  5. helicopter(8P) December 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    It’s now left to be said that Barbados has produced not yet one Industrial engineer, civil engineer, or environmental engineer that can prognoses critical problems in advance, so be it left to untrained political representatives, your expectations can only be that of Gearbox’s!

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  6. William Brace December 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I passed on the south coast yesterday and noticed two leaks from the sewage man holes in the middle of the road, one of them is actually protruding above the level of the road which to my mind would indicate a blockage resulting in a build up of back pressure

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  7. Jeff December 13, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Hi but the stars ran a successful campaign against the BLP , had all the answers, made all the promises convinced the majority that they were the answer to all issues in Barbados. Truth is they have failed in every every area and still trying to blame the BLP how sad. Water, sewage, road conditions, the economy and the list continues. Are we to wait for a total collapse …

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  8. Carson C Cadogan December 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    This is what happens when greed and corruption get the better of elected officials.

    When this facility was being built everyone wanted a piece of change to put into their pocket. Not much thought was given to building it properly.

    Now we have to grapple with it.

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  9. Sue December 13, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    We are her now, in The Gap. Things seem to have been sorted. But to look at the bigger picture, please do not let the Chinese have hand in financing any projects in Bim. The strings that are attached are ones that will tie and bind Barbados in ways that won’t be good for the country.

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  10. Antionette Sealy December 13, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    The Nation Newspaper has been highlighting the stench in Worthing for the past week. However their workers have been smelling hell and sewage each time it rains in Bridgetown. This has been going on from 1982 when the BLP in their lack of wisdom approved the installation of the first combined sewage system to transport run off water and sewage simultaneously. Having not learned their lessons, they approved the installation of another combined system on the south coast in 2003 which for the first time has been tested by the 6 inches of deluge which flooded the system. Mia Mottley should apologize to the Barbadian people for the inconveniences which they are currently experiencing in Worthing, Fontabelle and Chapman Lane.

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  11. Jennifer December 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Mia said about the government refusing the loan and making it sound like it was a rotten idea. BUT she did not say what was in it for the Chinese, for all we know we might have been like rat tongue who sold his head. She should say why the gov.t refused the deal also. What did the Chinese want?????????????

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  12. Antionette Saly December 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

    @ Jennifer
    Go to St. Kitts and you would find out what the Chinese want. They own St. Kitts. Yes we have Asians running businesses in Barbados but Barbadians are employed. In St. Kitts that’s not the case. Small one door operations have families of 10 Chinese selling shillin oil, chinese balms, candle grease, basins etc. etc. Is this what Mia wants for Barbados. No way Jose.

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