Lower Estate residents are fed up with the stench from Anderson Fat Child Cherry’s landfill and are planning to take him to court.
The frustrated St George homeowners are to file a civil action suit against all parties involved with the Project Recycle initiative which has led to months of noxious fumes emanating from the landfill and environmental problems in their community.
On Sunday community spokesman Roger Craigg told participants in a town hall meeting that they had tried all forms of mediation, but Cherry had shown he did not intend to deal seriously with the overwhelming health problems his project had brought to Lower Estate and the surrounding area.
Craigg also disclosed that they had sought legal advice from Queen’s Counsel Gregory Nicholls in their suit against the Ministry of Health, Michael Power Estate – owner of the land which Cherry leases at Lower Estate to operate the landfill – and the controversial waste hauler himself.
“So, I asked a couple of friends of mine for a decent attorney that we can deal with. I contacted [Nicholls], and he was willing to meet with us [on Sunday]. . . . [However, he had other commitments]. As a result, he has said, he is very much interested in pursuing the matter on our behalf and he wants to meet with some of us on Wednesday,” an outspoken Craigg said.
He added they were scheduled to have a meeting with Nicholls on Wednesday to discuss the steps that they needed to take moving forward with the civil lawsuit.
“So that he can direct us on the steps that we can take moving forward, as well as the cost, because there is a cost attached. We don’t know yet but there is an initial cost that is attached, because you have to pay to find the documents, the documents are not found for free,” he said.
Craigg told residents they would have to raise the money to be able to pay for the initial legal costs.
“From there we have to look at how we are going to raise the funds to cover the initial costs,” he said.
He reiterated that Nicholls was interested in the case and was willing to take up the challenge on their behalf.
“But outside of that he says that he is interested. He has been following it like every Barbadian I guess in the press and wherever else it has been aired. So, he is pretty much aware of what has been going on. So, he is interested in taking up the challenge on our behalf,” he said.
Most of the concerned residents agreed that Cherry should be sued for the environmental damage that he was causing to the community. However, there was concern that some residents would be unwilling to pursue the legal matter as there were costs involved, even though Craigg said he hoped that businesses in Lower Estate that were also affected by the stench would join in solidarity with the residents.
“We have tried to reach out to the companies in Lower Estate Yard, because when it started getting very bad our thing was if we could get the companies of Lower Estate Yard involved that would send a much stronger signal as to what is going on here,” he said.