Lower Estate residents fed up with stench

Lower Estate residents are fed up with the stench from Anderson Fat Child Cherry’s landfill and are planning to take him to court.

The frustrated St George homeowners are to file a civil action suit against all parties involved with the Project Recycle initiative which has led to months of noxious fumes emanating from the landfill and environmental problems in their community.

On Sunday community spokesman Roger Craigg told participants in a town hall meeting that they had tried all forms of mediation, but Cherry had shown he did not intend to deal seriously with the overwhelming health problems his project had brought to Lower Estate and the surrounding area.

Craigg also disclosed that they had sought legal advice from Queen’s Counsel Gregory Nicholls in their suit against the Ministry of Health, Michael Power Estate – owner of the land which Cherry leases at Lower Estate to operate the landfill – and the controversial waste hauler himself.

“So, I asked a couple of friends of mine for a decent attorney that we can deal with. I contacted [Nicholls], and he was willing to meet with us [on Sunday]. . . . [However, he had other commitments]. As a result, he has said, he is very much interested in pursuing the matter on our behalf and he wants to meet with some of us on Wednesday,” an outspoken Craigg said.

He added they were scheduled to have a meeting with Nicholls on Wednesday to discuss the steps that they needed to take moving forward with the civil lawsuit.

“So that he can direct us on the steps that we can take moving forward, as well as the cost, because there is a cost attached. We don’t know yet but there is an initial cost that is attached, because you have to pay to find the documents, the documents are not found for free,” he said.

Craigg told residents they would have to raise the money to be able to pay for the initial legal costs.

“From there we have to look at how we are going to raise the funds to cover the initial costs,” he said.

He reiterated that Nicholls was interested in the case and was willing to take up the challenge on their behalf.

“But outside of that he says that he is interested. He has been following it like every Barbadian I guess in the press and wherever else it has been aired. So, he is pretty much aware of what has been going on. So, he is interested in taking up the challenge on our behalf,” he said.

Most of the concerned residents agreed that Cherry should be sued for the environmental damage that he was causing to the community. However, there was concern that some residents would be unwilling to pursue the legal matter as there were costs involved, even though Craigg said he hoped that businesses in Lower Estate that were also affected by the stench would join in solidarity with the residents.

“We have tried to reach out to the companies in Lower Estate Yard, because when it started getting very bad our thing was if we could get the companies of Lower Estate Yard involved that would send a much stronger signal as to what is going on here,” he said.

5 Responses to Lower Estate residents fed up with stench

  1. Freeagent January 11, 2018 at 7:44 am

    The Barbados Water Authority is trying its best to solve the south coast sewage problem and it is being criticized by the public. Why don’t we hear criticism from the public regarding the problem at Lower Estate? The people there are experiencing problems as well.

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  2. Carson C. Cadogan January 11, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Lower Estate residents say Cherry’s dump issue dissipating

    Added by Colville Mounsey on December 30, 2017.
    Saved under Local News

    “”Residents of Lower Estate, St Michael say they have been breathing easier over the last two weeks as the smoke and foul odour that have posed environmental problems for them over the last two years have dissipated.

    The residents have blamed a neighbouring landfill owned by prominent waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry for their discomfort, which led the Ministry of Health to issue an abatement notice to Cherry’s Project Recycling Limited to cease operations at its Lower Estate site.

    Barbados TODAY visited the affected areas, three weeks after the ministry’s notice, and found a much relieved community.

    “Everything is not totally gone but it is certainly a lot better than what it was three weeks when the smoke use to really do a number on sinuses,” resident Linda Graham said.

    “At the time it was so bad that I told my husband that we might need to move until the problem was solved. It is not perfect now because we still get smoke from time to time but it was certainly a lot better.”

    Another longstanding resident, Sarah Harris, said she was able to leave her doors open and hang her clothes out to dry again, emphasizing the relief that she and her neighbours felt.

    “So I guess he is doing something to fix the problem,” Harris said of Cherry.””

    BARBADOS TODAY

    LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE TO TAKE NEWSPAPER REPORTS IN BARBADOS WITH MORE THAN A GRAIN OF SALT.

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  3. Othneal January 11, 2018 at 9:16 am

    This kind of thing should never have happened. It would not have occurred had adequate safeguards been in place. An environmental impact assessment should have been undertaken including consultation with the local community.
    Any license issued should include regular inspections with authority to close it down if conditions are breached.
    The community response seems a bit shambolic. As if they are making it up as they go along.
    The first step is to convene a meeting of all interested parties. Next select a committee
    Choose a chairman, secretary and treasurer. Set up a fighting find and instruct a solicitor who in turn will instruct a barrister….way to go! Best of luck compatriots

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  4. milli watt January 11, 2018 at 11:26 am

    clock ticking on this one families………….once this termite and his people get in yuh all own him for the next 10 years AT LEAST could be MORE!

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  5. Ossie Moore January 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    But why did the Ministry of Health and Environment not advise Mr Cherry on related health issues possible; along with the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure no environmental damage would be occurred? Be more diligent my friends. Its a new way of thinking Barbados! Above and beyond!!

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