In the wake of concerns expressed by St Andrew residents and their parliamentary representative George Payne, the Ministry of Transport and Works has given the assurance that it has not abandoned embattled White Hill.
However, it maintains that a geotechnical study is urgently needed in order to ascertain the underlying causes, as well as to find the best solution to road problems plaguing the rural community.
“The purpose of the study will be to carry out geophysical, geotechnical, hydrogeological and engineering investigations, and to have the relevant reports prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Works as a basis for the determination of the optimum, sustainable solution to the road failures in the White Hill area,” the Ministry said in a statement issued yesterday.
In the interim, work on a temporary road is due to resume on Tuesday, May 17th 2016, in order to provide a measure of relief for the residents after heavy rains in November 2014 caused extensive land slippage, rendering their main road impassable. The road was condemned a month later.
Efforts by Government to repair the damage have so far been unsuccessful, after cracks began appearing in a temporary road built in the area.
Speaking in Parliament Thursday night during debate on a no confidence motion brought by his Opposition Barbados Labour Party against the Government, Payne had strongly appealed for help for his constituents, saying in addition to the infrastructural issues, the area was also affected by the ongoing water problems.
“Those people are living in hell, and, talking about water, when the water does come on it is very brown,” he told Parliament.