Having attended a meeting of the Social Partnership two weeks ago, the private sector says it is generally satisfied that steps are being taken to address the sewage problem on the south coast.
However, Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Charles Herbert believes the authorities need to keep the wider population abreast of the developments so as to allay fears and build public confidence that the system is indeed working.
“We would like sufficient facts to give the public confidence that the problem is being dealt with. We are not saying it is not being dealt with, but we are saying, like we have said loud and clear to them [Government], it is very important for people to have confidence,” Herbert said.
The BPSA head said he shared the views expressed by Chairperson of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) Roseanne Myers, who recently cried shame on local authorities for running away from “vexing issues” instead of “taking them by the horn” and strategically correcting them.
“We certainly support everything the BHTA is saying,” the BPSA head told Barbados TODAY.
Stating that the matter was one of utmost national importance, the business executive said there was need for more dialogue among the authorities, the public and stakeholders so as to better identify possible solutions to the challenges facing the country.
“The nation needs to be involved in the discussion as to what infrastructural changes are priorities,” he said in light of the south coast problem, which is caused by an overflow of runoff water from the sewerage system.