Don’t shut the people of White Hill out – UPP candidate

United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for St Andrew Roli Roachford believes the people of disaster-prone White Hill should be given a say in their own future.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the launch of her candidacy at the Village Inn Bar in Shorey Village, St Andrew on Saturday night, Roachford charged that the residents had been left out of Government’s decision making, three years after they were essentially cut off from the rest of the island.

Following heavy rains in 2014, the main access road leading into White Hill was officially condemned due to a problem of land slippage. Since then, large cracks have also appeared in a temporary road that was constructed in the rural community, with Government announcing last month that it was now looking to abandon the area as a housing settlement altogether and to continue the relocation process that began in 1999 by transferring homes to Farmers, St Thomas.

UPP’s St Andrew candidate Roli Roachford (right) gets the support of UPP St George North candidate Everton Holligan.

However, this decision was met with derision by residents.

“We might be abandoned, but we aren’t stupid. Why all of this time pass? It took them about three years to tell us about relocation. These are bare promises for election [and] we all know that,” community spokeswoman Carlitha Andrews said at the time, while casting suspicion over the Government’s plans.

Following this, the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) staged a walkthrough of the area which has long been a BLP stronghold, accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of totally neglecting the people of White Hill.

During the BLP tour, which coincided with planned protests by the residents, BLP incumbent George Payne also promised that if elected in the next general election, the Opposition party would forcibly reacquire commercial lands in Lancaster, St James if necessary, to relocate White Hill residents.

However, Roachford, in sympathizing with the Stuart administration, acknowledged that there was no easy fix to the White Hill problem.

She also said while her party recognized the urgency of community’s plight, it was yet to devise a policy position on the matter.

“It really must be so hard for the people up there. We are working on the policy for the people up there but it is a very tricky situation because you are also dealing with the geographical layout of the land. You have to also deal with the emotions of people who have made that area their home for all of their lives and nobody wants to move away from home.

“At the end of the day you want to keep the people happy and at the same time you thinking of their safety. We don’t want a situation where something happens to someone and the appropriate emergency services cannot reach that person because of the road problems. At the end of the day White Hill residents just want to live like everybody else,” she stressed.

4 Responses to Don’t shut the people of White Hill out – UPP candidate

  1. Saga Boy December 12, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Everton you wearing red too? You need to get another color like pink or green if you are to deferentiate yourself from the BLP. So George will be in for some licks. There no room for error in that constituency. And Mia is likely to campaign against George again to make sure he is not in a position to challenge her..The same goes for Marshall.

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    • Zeus December 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

      you are a clown saga boy

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  2. archy perch December 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Saga Boy must be reading the same tea leaves as I am. Everyone else touting the faker to be PM, but nobody is watching shorty trying to come in under the radar like a stealth bomber. He wants to be Prime Minister. Do not forget his role in ousting blubba from the leadership position in 2014. Let me remind you of the names….The Gang of Five included: Owen Arthur; George Payne; Ronald Toppin; Gline Clarke and Dale Marshall. Dwight Sutherland was an Owen Arthur creation and he is buddy buddy with Gline who teaches him all the tricks of a wuk-fa-wuk experience.ai heard the Sutherland guy horning his wife real bad with some women from his constituency. What a shame. I find his wife to be a very decent sweet woman. SMH.

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    • Lil Pigeon December 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Lol Murdah!!!!

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