Group of St Philip residents cry out for road rescue

A Belair, St Philip resident whose home is located on the same stretch of road as Government representative Adriel Brathwaite’s constituency office, says road leading into the area is so badly damaged that even her Member of Parliament has deemed it an embarrassment.

“The constituency office is at the end of road . . . and I asked about it and our representative said it is very embarrassing,” said Andrea Jordan in recalling what Brathwaite had told her and other residents in his St Philip South constituency.

Belair, St Philip resident Andrea Jordan pointing to a pothole which she filled with marl to make it more user friendly.

However, she acknowledged that the situation had not developed overnight. But she said the potholes were allowed to get worse and worse to the point now where they were simply intolerable.

“During the rainy season you have to scoot on the very edge of the road to get by or put pieces of board across the puddles because they are massive puddles. It’s really bad,” she said.

While complaining that her appeals for assistance had so far fallen on deaf ears, the British-born resident also reported that the craters in the road had now became a swampy breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects, particularly during the rainy season.

“It turns green, gets an algae on it and then if you look closely you see little worms in there. It’s not hygienic, it really is not,” she warned.

It’s a bumpy ride for motorists travelling along Belair, St Philip.

She emphasized that for the ten years she has been living in the area, residents had not received a single piece of correspondence from the Ministry of Transport & Works to indicate that were any plans to fix the road, which she said was totally forgotten after the first phase of construction ended.

“I’ve been here ten years, that’s a decade of it being like this, and we would have expected that it would have gotten done from before and it never did,” Jordan told Barbados TODAY.

“People just live it now because it’s like if you can’t see how bad this really is, then we are just going to have to live with it and deal with it,” she added.

Jordan appealed to the relevant authorities to come to their rescue, while suggesting that at the very least they could have a marl fill, so we that the road would be less bumpy.

Another resident, who requested anonymity, told Barbados TODAY she was peeved about the dirty water and mosquitoes that gathered in the holes during the rainy season.

“Before it dries out, you would get this odour or stench. It is really bad when you drive through it . . . the worst part is when it is turning green and smells,” she said.

Brathwaite could not be reached for comment on the issue.

Source: (KK)

5 Responses to Group of St Philip residents cry out for road rescue

  1. Gearbox1964 January 13, 2017 at 7:34 am

    But this administration found $7m to hold a 50th birthday bash which the good Lord decided to douse with some heavy rains. Guyana had their 50th a few months earlier and invested in fixing many of their bad roads for the taxpayers of the country. Please ring de bell Fundel!!

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  2. Peter January 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Ms Andrea Jordan, Your vote is clearly of no significance. One die hard DEM name Carson C Cadogan will disagree as in his books DEM is always correct. Best thing to do is get as much signatures of persons who use this horrible road to commute. That should stir DEM up.

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  3. Johnny January 13, 2017 at 8:15 am

    What’s the reason for removing the Facebook icon so that this cannot be posted to Facebook…

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  4. Kevin January 13, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I lived in the next district and it was never no paved road there to begin with. It was always a marl/cart road. What the residents should be calling for is an actually road.

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  5. Jennifer January 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    @Gearbox1964 – hail hail, The thing is also that many of these complaining about the roads also agreed with that waste of money for an independence (dependency) bash.

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