Residents in White Hill, St Andrew have grown weary of waiting for the authorities to fix the road leading to their community. On Saturday, they took matters into their own hands and started to build a new road.
For almost three years, the residents in the rural parish have been without the main vehicular access road, after it was severely damaged by a major landslide.
Outspoken resident Carlitha Andrews told Barbados TODAY they decided to take matters into their own hands because their wellbeing was at stake.
“We have to fix the roads. No one is helping us so we have to do it ourselves. With all this rain that’s falling now, the road is getting worse, it’s almost impassable altogether. It’s hard for the residents in the area to pass so the guys in the area decided to go and cut out a proper footpath so the residents could traverse the area when the bus doesn’t come and after 7:30 at night when the bus stops running. We tried doing it ourselves because no one is helping us,” Andrews said.
She said the men have made significant progress but it would be pricey to finish it.
“We got a good way but the problem is we need more marl to put on the road. The surface has been dug out and we probably have to pull our own pocket to get it done but it’s for our own safety so we have to do it,” she added.
Andrews lamented that the district seems to have been totally forgotten and suggested if assistance was given at this time it would come with a motive.
“My hopes are gone. I’m not hoping for anything. Anything comes I know it’s an election gimmick. The people down here are frustrated. It’s hurting me. We don’t get any updates or anything. In order to get an update that would mean you have to be in constant contact, but we hear from no one. That’s not common to us. Whatever we learn we learn from the media. The MP [George Payne] comes to see how we are fearing. He says he feels our pain but there’s nothing he can do the moment and we know that,” she explained.