Mottley wants PM to talk to Barbadians on sewage mess

As fear and outrage continue to rise over the worsening sewage spill on the south coast, and its implications for the upcoming tourist season, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is calling on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to break his silence on the mess.

In an audio statement released this afternoon, Mottley said she was not surprised by the levels of anxiety by businesses and hoteliers, whom she said needed to know what was being done, not only in the long term, but immediately to stop the disturbing flow of raw sewage on the roads and the accompanying offensive stench.

“I am not surprised by the outrage of many Barbadians over the obvious indifference of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to concerns of a large section of our population over issues of serious national importance. It is inconceivable that the south coast of Barbados is under filth and sewage and the Prime Minister has nothing to say,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader said.

Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick warned late last month that there would be no quick fix to the sewage problem, and he appealed to affected residents and business operators along the south coast to bear with the authorities given the magnitude of the challenges being experienced with the existing system.

The minister also revealed last week that a technical support team from abroad had arrived here to begin diagnostics.

However, Mottley today said it was critical that immediate action be taken to remedy the situation.

“The tourist season starts tomorrow and the situation does not only affect tourists but it also affects Barbadian businesses and residents. This is no longer a case of what the Government is going to do a year from now with a new plant, but rather what will be done next week so as to ensure that people whose businesses are already on the brink can continue to live,” the BLP leader said.

It was only yesterday that the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) said it was running out of patience with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) over the ongoing sewage problem, and it demanded that the utility company rectifies the problem swiftly.

“A year after standing here and talking about problems  . . . with the sewage system on the south coast I was so disappointed, as many of us are, with the situation that we find ourselves in,” BHTA Chairman Roseanne Myers told
the association’s quarterly meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

17 Responses to Mottley wants PM to talk to Barbadians on sewage mess

  1. Saga Boy December 14, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Two wrongs don’t make a right and I agree that the south coast is in a mess but one cannot forget that under the BLP watch the several years people in Arch Hall had to endure smoke and a horrible smell from Mount Stinkeru.

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  2. Bajan boy December 15, 2017 at 1:37 am

    He has been for the past 9 years..

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  3. archy perch December 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Its all a fake people. Whatever comes out of her mouth is FAKE NEWS.

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    • harry turnover December 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

      …so wha you telling yourself ? …people seeing balls a sh8,toilet paper,sanitary napkins.tissues and false teeth seeping through man holes and you telling yourself da in true.
      Mount Stinkero was smoking and smelling BEFORE the BLP came into power,
      The DLP FAILED to put measures in place after they got Independence…that was THEIR JOB before they asked for Independence.

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  4. h.calndre December 15, 2017 at 5:24 am

    @Saga Boy; how can you get from the S. Coast to Arch Hall in 2 secs, what Arch Hall have to do with this ongoing problem on the S. coast?

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  5. Alan Winter December 15, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Too little too late, PM hasnt said much in 10 years, we should have a “mute” in power instead….

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  6. archy perch December 15, 2017 at 7:02 am

    @h.caindre. When they had money money money while in government the crooked BLP did very little to fix the problem on the south coast. The Arch Hall site the crooked BLP created and did not seem to care about the people downwind. Now the same crooked party that did all that is here telling the present DLP administration thaT IT SHOULD DO THIS AND DO THAT. There is a tightrope with money as things just pop up at the most unfortunate times. The DLP did not cause the south coast situation it was due to years of neglect. But keep your blinkers on guys, Santa and her reindeers are on their with their bag of goodies and pie in the sky.

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  7. harry turnover December 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    If wunna think that Stuart gine get in this sh8 talk when he got sh8 hounds who like to dip in water wunna got annuder think coming.
    …archy perch the problems in Bim started AFTER INDEPENDENCE…if the DLP had foresight then ….NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPENING

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  8. jacob donawa December 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

    so people still think building the huge Hyatt hotel without and environmental assessment is a good idea. Things about to go from bad to worse.

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  9. John Everatt December 15, 2017 at 10:23 am

    This prime minister is still sleeping. The only time he seems to awaken is to preach to the choir. He is neither a leader nor a statesman. He just seems to enjoy talking down to the minions.

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  10. Greengiant December 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    There were eleven responses BT. I agree the PM should have responded long ago, but the BWA officials have now responded. While we await the fixing of this sewerage problem, we also await the opposition leader’s presentation of her LLB or Diploma in her field of work. It’s about time she addresses that issue.

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  11. Belfast December 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    But every time the PM opens his mouth, especially to talk (down) to Bajans he always talks sewerage.

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  12. Oriel Howell December 15, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I usually read the comments. Sometimes I am really surprised at what I read coming from Archy Perch. It is said that a name defines your character. What is a perch – fish, dead fish flow with the tide or maybe he choose the name perch because birds perch.So do yard fowls for scratch grain.

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  13. just thinking December 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    I agree with the above comment

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  14. Olwen Edwards-Pile December 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    If there are competent persons explaining about the sewerage challenges, why should the PM speak. Is it that bajans would only believe and understand when the PM speaks

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  15. Big Man December 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Mia Mottley wants PM to talk to Barbadians on sewage mess

    PM wants Mia Mottley to talk to Barbadians on Domestic abuse especially when it involves women biting up women
    And none of thee two of them ain’t talking

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  16. Oliver Smith December 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Looks like the Dems are feeling the pressure of anti-Government sentiment that will sweep dem out of office, judging from the sewage I am reading here.

    Time soon come. Fear not!

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