Director of the Department of Waste Management Marcus Solomon has disclosed that he is aware of concerns shared by residents about bush-cutting in the territory and revealed that work has begun in some tourist hotspot areas.
The department was handed the task of bush-cutting some six weeks ago and is benefitting from the government’s RATED programme, which offers temporary employment to some persons in the community.
“I do understand and appreciate the frustration by many citizens with regard to the overgrown branches that are now invading our roads,” the Director stated.
Solomon explained that every district now has cover when it comes to a RATED team that is responsible for the bush-cutting in the respective areas.
“In light of the tourist season fast approaching with more tourists coming to the island, what we have decided to do this week is concentrate, or what you call, bring all the teams together, most of the teams, together, across all the districts, in a coordinated way to attend to the areas where the tourists tend to visit,” Solomon said.
He highlighted areas such as Soldier Hill, Windy Hill, Ballast Bay and Ridge Road where tourists tend to concentrate and said the Solid Waste Department is hoping to address these areas this week.
Solomon said once this has been completed, teams will return to areas in their assigned districts to continue their work of clearing the overgrown vegetation along the streets.
Meanwhile, Solomon said he has faced challenges assembling 10-man teams to address the bush-cutting needs of the territory and, most times, has had to settle for teams of six at a minimum.
Solomon shared that for teams to be assembled, persons must first apply and those applicants must fit the criteria to be considered as well. He described it as an administrative process which must be complied with.
He encouraged persons to apply and noted that once applications are received, these are usually processed within a day or two.
Notably, the Director said applicants must also bring their tools since the Department does not supply tools to the RATED work teams.
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