The neglect of St Lucy’s road infrastructure for the last ten years has retarded that rural constituency’s tourism development the Member of Parliament for that area has charged.
On Friday, Minister in the Ministry of Transport and Works and Maintenance Peter Phillips revealed that a number of tourism-based businesses are suffering for lack of proper road access. He further explained that unless something is done it would be difficult to attract more investments of this nature.
Following a tour of several dilapidated roads in the constituency with Minister of Transport and Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid, Philips revealed that the popular tourist attraction, Animal Flower Cave, is one of the entities losing business because of the poor roads.
“As recently as yesterday the owner of the Animal Flower Cave spoke to me about how he would need some help because business has been significantly dropping as a result of the state of the road out there,” Phillips told Barbados TODAY, noting that restaurateurs in the area have made very similar complaints to him.
The St Lucy MP said because drivers had to approach the stretch of road with such caution, it presented an opportunity for the criminal element in the community to carry out robberies.
“A person can carry out nefarious activities much easier because the roads facilitate it,” said Phillips.
The Minister placed blame at the feet of the DLP who governed the country for the last ten years. Prior to Phillips former DLP candidate, Denis Kellman, represented the constituency for successive terms since 1994.
Duguid said while Government expects to begin fixing the most critically damaged roads, residents should not expect the problems created by ten years of neglect to be undone overnight. He also told reporters that he expects the process to be quite costly although he refrained from speculating about the eventual bill to taxpayers.
“For the last ten years very little to nothing at all was done to maintain this country’s road infrastructure. So over the next few years we will be spending $100 million to fix not just the major roads but minor as well. People need to be confident that they can get to work and school in a good and timely manner and this redounds to the economic benefit of the whole country,” Duguid said.