An Opposition Member of Parliament wants a hotline created for Barbadians to report neighbours who erect illegal structures and are caught dumping illegally.
Speaking in the House of Assembly on Tuesday during debate on a land resolution, Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde decried the garbage disposal habits of Barbadians, insisting they were contributing to flooding in many districts.
She also lamented the limited resources of the Town & Country Planning Department and said a hotline, to which people could give anonymous reports, would help to root out the growing problems of dumping and illegal buildings.
Forde also slammed some unnamed business people who she said believed they could do what they liked, even when the courts instructed otherwise.
She contended that Government was responsible for areas like White Hill, St Andrew and it needed to place signs in these vulnerable districts indicating that home building was disallowed because of land slippage.
The Opposition spokeswoman also drew a link between construction and flooding, complaining that in some rural areas people were filling in ponds and waterways to build houses and landscape their properties to the detriment of the poor.
As an example, she cited Shop Hill, St Thomas where she said someone tried to fill in a watercourse but was forced to remove the debris and rocks by the law courts.
Forde said without the intervention of the court, people living in areas such as Melrose and Shop Hill “would have been flooded out”.
The St Thomas MP also raised concern about residents of Allen View whom she said had not been compensated and could not enjoy the benefits of their land because of restrictions imposed when the area was included in the Environmental Protection Zone following the development of Harrison’s Cave, one of the island’s main tourist attractions.
She argued that these residents should have been given first choice to access 47 lots developed at Forty Acres in the same parish. However, Forde lamented that not one of the residents of Allen View got a lot in the development.
In this regard, she reminded the Freundel Stuart administration that it came to power touting transparency and accountability as the hallmarks by which it would operate. However, Forde said she, like many others, had been disappointed with Government’s performance.