Marshall accuses the DLP of negligence - by Barbados Today January 21, 2018
January 21, 2018
Barbados Labour Party representative for St Joseph, Dale Marshall has accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration of negligence following the collapse of the road leading to St Sylvan’s Village, also known as Dark Hole, St Joseph.
“The Government has totally abandoned the Scotland district. They have not proclaimed the Scotland District Authority Bill and therefore we continue to be living in a state of peril,” Marshall told Barbados TODAY
at the scene of the cave in.
“The problem we are facing is failure to think ahead and deal with these problems as they arise and in a timely fashion only kicks the can further down the road and increase cost to a currently suffering Barbados economy,” Marshall added
He said that in 2007, the BLP Government under the leadership of Owen Arthur passed the Scotland District Authority Act which attempted to deal with the issues of lang slippage within the parishes of St Joseph, St John, St Andrew and St Thomas. However, he said the proposal was ignored and abandoned when the DLP assumed Government in 2008.
“This Government came to power and thought that it was a Barbados Labour Party proposal without thinking it had the input of all stakeholders and they abandoned it so we are back to square one. If you don’t do timely interventions all that will happen is that they will continue to manifest and they will multiply many times over,” he said.
Marshall said that road had been gradually deteriorating for a number of years. He went on to explain that residents had good reason to be concerned with their homes, businesses and future hanging in the balance.
“Parts of our constituency are so under threat that the town planning department has determined that there can be no new construction in part of the Horse Hill area. The problem with that is that people have homes, they have residential investments,” Marshall said.
“There is also a significant element of our tourism product that is very keen on coming into the rolling hills and seeing this greenery and the beauty of the west coast. We have tour operators that have decided that they are no longer going to do tours in parts of St Joseph because our road infrastructure has become so bad it is no longer cost effective for them to do so,” he further revealed.