Frustrated residents of two St John communities are pleading with the authorities to come to their rescue, lamenting that pothole-filled, dilapidated roads are making life difficult for them.
A Barbados TODAY team visited Welch’s and Pothouse where residents complained that roads have been falling apart for some time, with the street that links the two villages in need of immediate repair.
Resident Charles Griffith, who is also the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for the rural constituency, said the road has been neglected for five decades.
“All the roads in St John are in a state of serious disrepair and for the last 50 years, this road has been in this particular state. One of the things that residents have been crying for is the opportunity to have better roads, because like everybody else they pay road taxes and they expect that the roads in St John would be in a totally different situation to what currently exists,” he said.
Shop owner Veronica Greenidge said the bad condition of the roads was hurting her pocket, as delivery trucks find it difficult to reach her establishment and some customers have also stopped patronizing the shop because of the bad roads they have to traverse to get there.
“It is very terrible. Nothing has ever been done with up here and it is getting worse . . . . I have a vehicle and my shocks are gone because of the condition. You have to be driving all over the road trying to avoid potholes,” she lamented.
Neesha Austin said she has also had to dig into her pocket for repairs to her vehicle.
“I pay road tax. I dropped in a hole and mashed up two tyres and it is taking as long as ever to get progress. They are not going to look at this because it’s a minor road and not a major road. My car [would have to] drop in the road and get [lost] in order for them to fix it,” she complained.
One resident, who did not give his name, claimed he had been injured as a result of the bad roads. He said that while on his way home one day, he twisted his ankle, resulting in him having to take time off work.
“It isn’t easy, especially when the current goes off at night and you have to walk down there. I would like the road do!” he pleaded.
What’s more, complained Joanna Bolden, is that residents are forced to walk about a mile to the main road to get public transportation.
She therefore called for improved bus service for the area.