Residents still fuming over smoldering quarry

Pressure is mounting on waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry to close down his bothersome landfill at Lower Estate, St George. 

Angry residents, along with their parliamentary representative Gline Clarke, were preparing to step up their demands on Wednesday night during a second town hall meeting with Cherry, who is the managing director of Project Recycle.

The residents have been complaining profusely that their health is at serious risk owing to an offensive smell, which has been emanating from the landfill, along with smoke.

Following their first town hall late last month, they are equally upset that Cherry has not honoured a commitment made to them for the closure of the dump.

“Your health is at risk. The landfill at Lower Estate which may be impacting on our air and ground water supply must be cleaned up and shut down,” said the organizers of the Wednesday night’s meeting in a flyer promoting the event to residents in the affected communities of Hothersal Turning, Airy Hill, Parish Land, Salters, Flat Rock, Dayrells, Bournes Village and Jackmans.

Wednesday night’s town hall at the Salters Church of God, St George was scheduled to begin at 6.45 p.m. and was due to be attended by officials from the ministries of health and the environment. 

So far, Cherry, who is also owner of Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc, has apologized and accepted responsibility for the environmental problems caused by the dump.

However, the controversial waste hauler, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Town & Country Planning Department over its refusal to approve operation of the Lower Estate quarry as a landfill, told Barbados TODAY earlier this week that recent rainy weather had hampered his ability to take corrective action. 

7 Responses to Residents still fuming over smoldering quarry

  1. Carson C Cadogan October 13, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Isn’t this an illegal dump?

    Is this not a Police matter?

  2. archy perch October 13, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Action had better be taken to move this outfit to a more suitable location NOW, because when the BLP wins the next general elections,
    it will never happen.
    Mia is part-owner of the joint, and as a fully-qualified lawyer with tough cojones,she will show her masculinity in this turf war.
    Business is first with the BLP conservative party,
    to hell with the environment.
    Don’t forget Greenland.
    Gline just going through the motions of a Parliamentary Rep.
    Cherry knows the powehouse backing his operation, so he’s not worried.
    SMH !

  3. Greengiant October 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Leave the politics out of this one. This is a matter between the company, T C P D and the courts . If this was totally a government matter would he be getting contracts from SSA to haul garbage?

    The SSA landfill in St. Thomas caused problems for years to the people down wind less we forget. Did Cherry own that too? He has to manage it better, and is in the process of relocating the business. Give him the time he rightfully deserves, and yes the recent heavy rains would affect the work that has to be done in any garbage storage area. This problem still exist at Mangrove in St. Thomas just not as bad when it rains.

  4. Helicopter(8P) October 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Vacume filtration and eletrostatic ionisation are the key factors for removing stentch. We as Barbadian nations just need to offer good advice to our fellow countrymen on civic matters. The University of the West Indies Cave Hill could have had some input on this matter for the well being of nationals and the country at large. What good use is the sience department. The Ministry of Agriculture is yet another identity that could offer good advice to a countryman, environmentalist businessman and national. Population be nationalistic and stop being of selfinterist!

  5. Ossie Moore October 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    But when dem want a Number Two Business work out who dem gine call!!

  6. Greengiant October 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Cherry has taken responsibility, he has promised to fix the problem and i’m sure he will. Nobody is pressuring Cherry, this one is between him and the neighbors.

  7. Carson C Cadogan October 13, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    He was told that he has no permission to operate the dump, but he went ahead anyway because the top rank of the Barbados Labour Party are his friends and share holders.

    I fault the Royal Barbados Police Force for this situation. He should have been arrested for operating an illegal dump. The police have prosecuted ordinary Bajans for dumping illegally in the recent past. But this man is getting a free pass because of political connections.

    He can break the Law as he likes.


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