Residents of Ninth Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael are raising a stink over the condition of their surroundings, which they said had been abandoned by health authorities and their Member of Parliament Jeffrey Bostic of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party.
Of particular concern is an area near the Westbury Primary School, described by one irate resident as a jungle and “the land of the lost”, with overgrown grass, mounting garbage and blocked drains.
“This is the jungle down here. They don’t cut that grass at all. This is right behind the school pasture. You believe out here should look so?” asked one of a number young men who yesterday got together to clear some of the bush.
“All the drains are blocked with garbage, bush, everything down in here. This is like five to six years that nobody came down in here. Look, down here is the land of the lost. Nobody don’t come here.”
Another resident painted a picture of an area overtaken by mosquitoes and overrun by rodents, which she said appeared comfortable occupying the field even when children are out playing.
“Real little children live out here and we does got a lot of mosquitoes because of this. Mosquitoes does eat we morning until night; we does have to rub the children with insect spray.
“A lot of diseases spreading and rats does be running about here nonstop. You can’t do nothing and it’s not healthy with our children. The rats does be running across the pasture when the children come out to play at lunch time,” she told Barbados TODAY.
The woman also complained that not even the health inspectors visit the area, and complained said she feared a major disease outbreak because of the conditions, made even worse when it rains.
“You don’t see the health inspectors; I can’t tell you the last day I saw them. They don’t check for us. We don’t only want a visit, but a cleanup. Them just killing us and ain’t doing nothing for us.
“You think behind a school should be like this? I live out here for years and when the rain fall it does be worse. Out here does smell stink.”
One of the objects of their anger is the parliamentary representative, who they accused of abandoning them.
However, one resident said he anticipated that Bostic would begin to show up again as the general election draws nearer.
“Now it coming to election time you gine hear Bostic want to come, but you don’t see he. You gine see he when it’s time to put your vote, but I ain’t voting for a boy.”
Efforts to reach officials from the ministry of health where unsuccessful up to the time of publication.