The messy dispute surrounding the dump at Lower Estate, St George has taken a new turn.
Owner of the quarry and Chief Executive Officer of Project Recycle Anderson Fat Child Cherry has called in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) after number of people were apparently caught on camera “trespassing” on the compound after business hours.
Cherry also reported today that a fire had occurred at the quarry on Sunday while the facility was closed for business.
“Management of the quarry was notified by a resident of the area who also called the fire department, but by that time our team had already extinguished the fire in just five to ten mins,” Cherry said, adding that was footage of people” entering the facility in the early morning between the hours of five and seven o’clock before [it was] opened and late in the evening after the facility [was] closed”.
With the matter now under police investigation, Cherry said he did not want to comment any further at this stage.
However, the development comes on the heels of last month’s second town hall meeting between the residents and the waste hauler at the Salters Church of God in St George.
During that meeting Cherry had promised residents that the “toxic” fumes emanating from the landfill would be gone in two weeks; that no more garbage would be dumped there and that the facility would be shut down within six months.
However, he has since gone back on that agreement with a spokesman for the residents, Roger Craigg, informing Barbados TODAY this afternoon that they now had solid “evidence” to prove that Cherry had breached the accord and was in fact still allowing garbage to be dumped on the compound.
The residents, who had earlier threatened to take Cherry to court over the matter, are due to meet in emergency session to determine their next move with Craigg also reporting that as recent as today, the landfill was still burning.
However, Cherry today insisted that contrary to the reports from the residents “there has been no garbage waste coming into the facility”.
In fact, he told Barbados TODAY management had gone as far as to issue a memo “asking employees not to eat anymore chicken thighs on the job” as this may be the garbage the residents were seeing.