St John residents want road works

Frustrated residents of two St John communities are pleading with the authorities to come to their rescue, lamenting that pothole-filled, dilapidated roads are making life difficult for them.

Barbados TODAY team visited Welch’s and Pothouse where residents complained that roads have been falling apart for some time, with the street that links the two villages in need of immediate repair.

This road is in a state of disrepair.

Resident Charles Griffith, who is also the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for the rural constituency, said the road has been neglected for five decades.

Resident Charles Griffith said the road has been neglected for five decades.

“All the roads in St John are in a state of serious disrepair and for the last 50 years, this road has been in this particular state. One of the things that residents have been crying for is the opportunity to have better roads, because like everybody else they pay road taxes and they expect that the roads in St John would be in a totally different situation to what currently exists,” he said.

Shop owner Veronica Greenidge said the bad condition of the roads was hurting her pocket, as delivery trucks find it difficult to reach her establishment and some customers have also stopped patronizing the shop because of the bad roads they have to traverse to get there.

Shop owner Veronica Greenidge.

“It is very terrible. Nothing has ever been done with up here and it is getting worse . . . . I have a vehicle and my shocks are gone because of the condition. You have to be driving all over the road trying to avoid potholes,” she lamented.

Neesha Austin said she has also had to dig into her pocket for repairs to her vehicle.

“I pay road tax. I dropped in a hole and mashed up two tyres and it is taking as long as ever to get progress. They are not going to look at this because it’s a minor road and not a major road. My car [would have to] drop in the road and get [lost] in order for them to fix it,” she complained.

One resident, who did not give his name, claimed he had been injured as a result of the bad roads. He said that while on his way home one day, he twisted his ankle, resulting in him having to take time off work.

“It isn’t easy, especially when the current goes off at night and you have to walk down there. I would like the road do!” he pleaded.

What’s more, complained Joanna Bolden, is that residents are forced to walk about a mile to the main road to get public transportation.

She therefore called for improved bus service for the area.

8 Responses to St John residents want road works

  1. Harri Crich
    Harri Crich May 30, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Don’t worry residents of St. John, 5 decades past just hold on a bit longer till Elections come around

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  2. Mark My Word May 30, 2017 at 1:03 am

    At least you got the most modern Polyclinic on the Island, Health first roads next be patient

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  3. Hate 2 wait so long May 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    St .john have a very poor bus system too , wait to wait like three hours just to get one bus to get home ,especially martin’s bay bus route

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  4. Smiles ( I still smiling) May 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Oh and the road that Charles Griffith standing on, beyond that several years ago MP Mara Thompson, MP Michael Lashley and persons from the National Housing Corporation had a big able meeting at the church out the front road, going to make provision for “squatters” to purchase the land their houses are on. That day several years ago gone and not a word. Ask the man who was hogging the show, and all that time Minister Lashley was in charge of Housing and all I was hearing was “Mr. Minister” I knew that this was just another movie.

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  5. Smiles May 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Where does Charles Griffith lives, he aint live in Pot House or Welch Village, and the road he standing up in, was never a road, so to say that it is in a state of disrepair is “fake news”. it is better known as “Squatters Alley”. Why did he not highlight out “the Valley” with a lot of pot holes, making people twist their feet at night. This road was never built for delivery trucks, residents placed rubble to make a road for vehicles to pass. They did a good job in helping themselves. Stop the politics, sheer politics, if the people want drinks and you prepared to buy, buy. Ask them what happen to the last candidate. he could not pay the workers and he aint show he face down there for years. The people need help in purchasing the land that their houses on. Stupseeee

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  6. Carlos May 30, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    How many Prime Ministers represented St. John? Good fuh wanna!

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  7. andy g May 31, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    this was a gap with seven houses with canes beyond the houses.canes gone and squatting set in.they were threaten over and over to be evicted.politics step in and they were given pipe line .now they want road .give it to them and rebuild the old roads because I cannot believe any government would let roads get to this condition.Welch and pothouse is almost cut off from the rest of St.John

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  8. Tonya June 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Wanna foolish so because a person squatting or main not live down there it makes a difference the bottom line is the road want doing full stop

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