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Jul 16, 2014

Residents up in arms over deplorable condition of Santa Familia Roads

On Monday we showed you the situation in the far western community of Santa Familia…where residents are up in arms over a water issue that is going nowhere fast. But there are other concerns as well, including a Police Station that hasn’t been occupied for more than five years. And then there’s the road, which is pretty bad. Residents and daily commuters tell us that it has been that way for years, and they need the situation resolved. While the discontent isn’t politically motivated – there is an element of discontent with politicians. Just a few months ago, during the days of the ill-fated Penner recall, Prime Minister Dean Barrow promised residents of the area that they would see spending like never before, infrastructural developments like never before, an infusion of money like nowhere else in the entire country. And they’re still waiting.

 

Abel Carrillas, Resident of Santa Familia

Abel Carrillas

“I really discouraged…I am really discouraged about these roads because these roads are bad. Every day is the same thing. They just come and they give it a little scrape but it’s still muddy. You can see it the place is muddy. Sometimes the buses have to move from one side to the other just to climb up this small hill we have. So I don’t know what will happen, but I am already tired of this thing. Nobody wants to help us with this road.”

 

Mirlet Humes, Resident of Santa Familia

“We have two other major bus services which run from Santa Familia to San Ignacio and from San Ignacio to Spanish Lookout, and the road is in a very bad condition. I thought when the convention was on that they would have fixed it because usually just when election comes they fix the roads but not even when the convention came they fix the roads. They have to do something about it because we travel every day to work…every day to San Ignacio. So they need to fix the roads…they are really, really bad.”

 

Errol Gentle

Errol Gentle, C.E.O., Ministry of Works

“There is works in the pipelines for many of the rural roads in this country. If you remember last year, the Prime Minister in one of his press conferences, I think it was in October, he mentioned about a massive infrastructure project for the entire country. We call it the National Infrastructure Project and that will see rehabilitation first of all to major highways, but also to some of the rural communities. Last year in the rainy season, we had some flooding and what we are concentrating on in some areas are drainage and we’ve done draining in some area, for example in Buena Vista…we’ll be getting to Bullet Tree and Santa Familia. So yes, there is work to be done in those areas.”

 

Abel Carrillas

“The last time the Prime Minister came to Santa Familia and said we have a lot of money…where’s the money. I don’t see any improvement in our village.”

 

Mirlet Humes

Mirlet Humes

“The other things that were promised…they were just empty promises. We don’t even have a Police Station here anymore for more than five years. And there are lots of things that need to be addressed and I hope they do something about it.”

 

This Sunday, the residents of Santa Familia will be meeting with Social Investment Fund and the Ministry of Rural Development on the issue of water, but as it relates to roads, there is no meeting in sight. 

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1 Response for “Residents up in arms over deplorable condition of Santa Familia Roads”

  1. De says:

    jajajajajajajajaja, you all got UDP’ed and that’s all. Empty promises. Treated like bush wackers.
    Dean Barrow’ed and nothing more.
    Sorry to laugh but you all voted for them and keep doing so. Love the oppression.

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