Make the call

Forde wants an anti-dumping hotline

An Opposition Member of Parliament wants a hotline created for Barbadians to report neighbours who erect illegal structures and are caught dumping illegally.

Speaking in the House of Assembly on Tuesday during debate on a land resolution, Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde decried the garbage disposal habits of Barbadians, insisting they were contributing to flooding in many districts.

She also lamented the limited resources of the Town & Country Planning Department and said a hotline, to which people could give anonymous reports, would help to root out the growing problems of dumping and illegal buildings.

Forde also slammed some unnamed business people who she said believed they could do what they liked, even when the courts instructed otherwise.

She contended that Government was responsible for areas like White Hill, St Andrew and it needed to place signs in these vulnerable districts indicating that home building was disallowed because of land slippage.

The Opposition spokeswoman also drew a link between construction and flooding, complaining that in some rural areas people were filling in ponds and waterways to build houses and landscape their properties to the detriment of the poor.

As an example, she cited Shop Hill, St Thomas where she said someone tried to fill in a watercourse but was forced to remove the debris and rocks by the law courts.

Forde said without the intervention of the court, people living in areas such as Melrose and Shop Hill “would have been flooded out”.

The St Thomas MP also raised concern about residents of Allen View whom she said had not been compensated and could not enjoy the benefits of their land because of restrictions imposed when the area was included in the Environmental Protection Zone following the development of Harrison’s Cave, one of the island’s main tourist attractions.

She argued that these residents should have been given first choice to access 47 lots developed at Forty Acres in the same parish. However, Forde lamented that not one of the residents of Allen View got a lot in the development.

In this regard, she reminded the Freundel Stuart administration that it came to power touting transparency and accountability as the hallmarks by which it would operate. However, Forde said she, like many others, had been disappointed with Government’s performance.

Source: (IMC)

5 Responses to Make the call

  1. Mark Lynch October 5, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I too would like the hotline to be established, I have a neighbor that keep moving the land mark and her grandson erected a plywood house next to my property that I know is illegal.
    Yet every Sunday she is church hollering and shouting

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  2. Richard Johnston October 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Isn’t there already a ministry that deals with this, that a constituent could contact?

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  3. Greengiant October 5, 2017 at 7:23 am

    You all had 14 years of dumping to establish that hotline. I guess you have on your fault finding specs now. These spectacles change between government positions and opposition positions.

    Both party’s representatives are all the same. I always wonder how politicians can’t see what’s needed to solve problems when in government. They just think of self empowerment.

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  4. Tony Webster October 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Tip’o’the hat to both @Mark, and @Greengiant: Minister Of Health will shortly burst upon TV-8 to announce to drum-rolls that “Implementation Deficit Disease” has officially been added to other N.C.D’s. Ergo, Problem solved.

    I keep saying that with a lost generation now occupying itself with various pursuits ( yes, intended) involving hot lead, and road fatalities, general misbehavior, and everyone above 6 yrs. worshipping at the altar of little gadgets that suck-up scarce dollars….we need to re-jig the syllabus of our primary schools, as there is much now absent from what used to be inculcated in our youngsters whilst at home. Doubt me? Just ask PAREDOS,

    Such a shameful course, would be a bitter political pill, for whichever administration, but we are left with little alternative. And in a few generations, schools could resume what they are
    meant to do: producing informed, educated, and forward thinking citizens who have a sense of country first.

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  5. Greengiant October 10, 2017 at 12:46 am

    No disrespect, but Ms. Forde should retire from inactive politics now. Does she want to die in office too? I’m waiting to hear if she has the energy to debate on a platform come 2018.

    This woman can’t even remember the needs of her constituents, but can be calling for a hotline for dumping. How about a hotline to recover report those who dumped millions at ‘Greenland’? I forgot though, this was to get some golf course and Up scale villas in St. Thomas to boost you production appearance.

    That’s the way politics can be Cynthia girl, a pipe dream most times, and very costly sometimes. It’s best to enjoy your retirement, and watch the political battles on you flat screen with you feet up, than to punish yourself with another campaign. This on will weaken some, break some, leave some chronically ill and cause the life of others. It will be a bruiser of a battle girl, not good at your age mums.

    Seems like you were dozing, was suddenly awakened by the words ‘illegal dumping’, having heard these words so often as the representative for St. Thomas, you naturally would have responded ” let’s get a hot line” to complete the debate. Lol

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