Pressure is mounting on waste hauler Anderson Fat Child Cherry to close down his bothersome landfill at Lower Estate, St George.
Angry residents, along with their parliamentary representative Gline Clarke, were preparing to step up their demands on Wednesday night during a second town hall meeting with Cherry, who is the managing director of Project Recycle.
The residents have been complaining profusely that their health is at serious risk owing to an offensive smell, which has been emanating from the landfill, along with smoke.
Following their first town hall late last month, they are equally upset that Cherry has not honoured a commitment made to them for the closure of the dump.
“Your health is at risk. The landfill at Lower Estate which may be impacting on our air and ground water supply must be cleaned up and shut down,” said the organizers of the Wednesday night’s meeting in a flyer promoting the event to residents in the affected communities of Hothersal Turning, Airy Hill, Parish Land, Salters, Flat Rock, Dayrells, Bournes Village and Jackmans.
Wednesday night’s town hall at the Salters Church of God, St George was scheduled to begin at 6.45 p.m. and was due to be attended by officials from the ministries of health and the environment.
So far, Cherry, who is also owner of Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc, has apologized and accepted responsibility for the environmental problems caused by the dump.
However, the controversial waste hauler, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the Town & Country Planning Department over its refusal to approve operation of the Lower Estate quarry as a landfill, told Barbados TODAY earlier this week that recent rainy weather had hampered his ability to take corrective action.