The final leg of the Second District community meetings held at the Ivan Dawson Primary School in Cane Garden Bay was forced into a premature end because of what has been described as the unbearable stench of sewerage in the area.
Noting the strong pungency of the stench, residents present at the meeting said they were appalled that school children and teachers are made to endure it every day.
“I have been sitting here for like an hour, and I am thinking about the children that just be here every day. This is not healthy at all. I am afraid for these children,” one female resident said.
“I don’t know what could be done to show the government how urgent this is for our children … We don’t know how many diseases this could be spreading,” she added.
There have been plans to have the sewerage problems rectified since 2018. However, these plans have not yet materialized.
While expressing her concerns, another resident said she was willing to launch a protest to have the issue resolved.
“We need to march for these children. It’s horrible,” she said.
“I don’t get headaches but I’m telling you right here, from the smell — it is terrible to endure,” another resident claimed.
Not taking this lightly
In response, Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull agreed that something ought to be done to address the matter.
He said: “I plan on doing something and the plan that I have is simply one that they (government) doesn’t like, which is to put them on blast. I agree with that [march]. I am not by any means taking this lightly but it is just horrible, and it will be addressed.”
He said contractors had bid on the community sewerage project last October and that a decision was expected to be made on who would be awarded by December. Turnbull further said works were projected to start in January but nothing has started to date.
“Again, this is a new administration. [But], we were told the same thing from the last administration that it would have been by 2018.”
The scope of the government-funded project involves the demolition and removal of 35 lift stations.
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