As fear and outrage continue to rise over the worsening sewage spill on the south coast, and its implications for the upcoming tourist season, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley is calling on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to break his silence on the mess.
In an audio statement released this afternoon, Mottley said she was not surprised by the levels of anxiety by businesses and hoteliers, whom she said needed to know what was being done, not only in the long term, but immediately to stop the disturbing flow of raw sewage on the roads and the accompanying offensive stench.
“I am not surprised by the outrage of many Barbadians over the obvious indifference of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to concerns of a large section of our population over issues of serious national importance. It is inconceivable that the south coast of Barbados is under filth and sewage and the Prime Minister has nothing to say,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader said.
Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick warned late last month that there would be no quick fix to the sewage problem, and he appealed to affected residents and business operators along the south coast to bear with the authorities given the magnitude of the challenges being experienced with the existing system.
The minister also revealed last week that a technical support team from abroad had arrived here to begin diagnostics.
However, Mottley today said it was critical that immediate action be taken to remedy the situation.
“The tourist season starts tomorrow and the situation does not only affect tourists but it also affects Barbadian businesses and residents. This is no longer a case of what the Government is going to do a year from now with a new plant, but rather what will be done next week so as to ensure that people whose businesses are already on the brink can continue to live,” the BLP leader said.
It was only yesterday that the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) said it was running out of patience with the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) over the ongoing sewage problem, and it demanded that the utility company rectifies the problem swiftly.
“A year after standing here and talking about problems . . . with the sewage system on the south coast I was so disappointed, as many of us are, with the situation that we find ourselves in,” BHTA Chairman Roseanne Myers told
the association’s quarterly meeting at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.