That’s how a group of residents in Lower Applewhaites, St George is describing the stench that is emanating from two pigpens, which they say have become nothing but a health hazard to the entire community.
Both farms are owned by pig farmer Gregory Forde, who has been resident in the area for over 30 years.
However, the second pen was only constructed two months ago, with some residents, whose homes are currently sandwiched between the two structures, bitterly complaining about the development.
They say they have been literally left with nowhere to turn, with the bothersome smell now coming at them both up and downwind.
“This smell is awful. I don’t understand how Town and Country Planning gave him permission to build pigpens right in the middle of this area. We can’t open our windows or doors because of the constant smells coming non-stop,” said 56-year-old Beverley Forte who is questioning the relevant authorities for allowing the farm to be built so close to homes.
In fact, she was adamant that “to have a pigpen at the top of the neighbourhood is ridiculous”.
Forte, who has been resident in the area for the past 17 years, called for the complete closure of Forde’s place of business, while complaining that the smell had caused her to be very ill in recent times.
“My sinus drips continuously. I had to take so much medication and it is not helping because of the smell coming at me morning, noon and night.
“I would like this shut down because it is not only me, it is affecting everyone in this community,” she said.
Equally upset about the situation was Beverley’s sister-in-law Michelle Forte, who lives next door.
“It smell really bad up here,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding that “this bad smelling scent affects me everyday”.
“Right now my sinuses are in a mess because of this. And I also contracted a lot of allergies and that pigpen is making them worse,” she said in reference to the second pigpen that was built.
“Two weeks straight I had to be taking medication [and] I can’t hang my clothes outside on the backline anymore because the smell is on the clothes,” she further lamented.
While suggesting to Barbados TODAY that it was visiting the area on a good day when the smell was not as pungent as it usually is, Michelle reported that “people who visit the community keep asking how we are able to bear this smell.
“It is very bad. The least he [Forde] can do is have consideration for his neighbours. The whole neighbourhood is in a mess with this and it is not healthy,” she stressed.
The disgruntled resident also said that as a result of the stench, her mother had to be relocated from the district, as it was taking a toll on her health.
“My sister used to take care of my mum in the community and she had to move because it was affecting her health. She went to the doctor and he told her they had to move, that it was a problem in the environment.”
Another resident Allison Murray-Browne, who operates a food shop in the community, said the awful scent from the pigpens was running away her customers.
“Some of them don’t even want to come back to me because of the scent,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding that “I don’t open up my house for my [seven-week-old] grandson’s sake, because the smell is overbearing”.
She made it clear however, that was not seeking to stop anyone from making a dollar, but stressed that “the smell is very bad”.
“It is not nice and it needs to be shut down,” she added.
However, in defence of his operations, Forde, who also questioned the timing of complaints by his fellow residents, said: “There is a difference between a scent and a stinking scent. You will get a scent but we normally clean it and you can’t get away from the scent,” he said.
The pig farmer, who refused to have his picture taken, also stated that “I was here for some many years and if it is affecting their health, let them go to the doctor and bring papers. They can’t just say something.”