Jackman residents plead for relief

One resident of Skeete’s Road, Jackman, St Michael is pleading with the authorities to intervene to save her home and that of her neighbours.

The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she had “been fighting for years” to have improvements made to her surroundings, and she feared it would “take me to my grave”.

At issue is a structural problem which causes water to settle beneath her house and the homes of four neighbours, as well as in their backyards.

Access to the entrance of Skeete’s Road remains flooded.

The woman told Barbados TODAY this was causing the houses to sink, and efforts to get the Urban and Rural Development Commissions to fix the problem have so far fallen short.

“Water settles here and it goes under the blocks and can cause the house to sink. All around the household damage real bad. When we have bad weather, this is what happen,” the upset resident said.

“When Urban and Rural came they only did the back part and left the front.”

Adding to their miseries is the fact that her neighbours have no bathroom facilities and must use pit toilets, she said.

It was a problem she too had to deal with until the Urban Development Commission (UDC) brought some relief.

However, she said her neighbours were still waiting on the UDC to install septic tanks and indoor toilet facilities.

“I asked Urban for help, as I had dug many holes for the pit toilets in the past. My house had ten pit toilets. We have pit toilets but they [UDC] came and gave me toilet and bath. My neighbour next door, he ain’t got no toilet,” the resident said.

Despite these problems, the woman said their rent has doubled from $100 per quarter.  Having fought for 20 years for better living conditions, the Jackman resident said, she was running out of energy.

“I tired. I have been fighting for years. To me this is a fight that will take me to my grave,” she said.

6 Responses to Jackman residents plead for relief

  1. Sue Donym August 23, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I’ll wait for the remaining 75% of this story… like who’s the landlord that they’re renting from; why it’s John Public who’s responsible for everything from surfacing to drainage in this community. How about an explanation of why in 2017, it doesn’t seem to concern planning and health authorities that homes are completed without provision for adequate toilet facilities. Who determines what is fit for habitation and what standards guide this?

    • John Everatt August 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Entitlement seems to be the belief many Barbadians. You are not entitled to free everything. If you want a toilet then save up your money to purchase one instead of throwing it away at the local shop or spending it on an automobile. Come on folks, the government can’t supply you with everything. Your birth certificate does not say “supplied from cradle to grave”.

  2. Alex Alleyne August 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

    MIA large and in charge in this area. She always take care of things . Something don’t don’t right hey.

  3. Sheriann Toney
    Sheriann Toney August 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Is the government required to install toilets, i can understand assistance here and there. There is the belief that the government owes us a house, i only thing i am in agreement here is for government to fix the roads.

  4. Kimeko Gittens
    Kimeko Gittens August 23, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    The ppl come and patch it dont know how long it gin last though

  5. Belfast August 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    “Pride and Industry” has been replaced by ” From the cradle to the grave. “


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