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May 7, 2015

Cleanup in Port Loyola

A neglected street in the Port Loyola area got a much needed facelift this morning. Residents of the area joined P.U.P. standard bearer, Gilroy Usher Senior, in carrying out the cleanup campaign. But was it a case of politics? Usher Senior told Duane Moody that it’s about civic pride. Here’s that report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Maurice Dena Street….it is a dirt road off Fabers Road Extension that that extends to Arlington Drive in the south side of Belize City. According to residents, for years, the area has been neglected…with overgrown bushes and clogged drains. Not to mention, street flooding when it rains. Residents and children have to wade through the waters to get to work or school.

 

Donald Usher

Donald Usher, Resident

“Boss we have major issues from the time I come back yah…at least about eighteen to about nineteen years that I’ve been back here my brother and we have a bad lighting system. And city council look like anytime they come in this area, like they only cut on the side and they decide to cut out and noh do nothing for the area. Mosquito wah eat we if we noh close wi house from four o’clock to five o’clock boss, so mosquito wah eat all ah wi.”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Anytime ih rain, di whole a yah flood. Yo can’t even walk out because yo get wet up. So the man the work and I like that.”

 

Reporter

“Now, how long ago has this place actually been cleaned?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Bout maybe two years so this place noh clean like this.”

 

Donald Usher

“What brother like a river indeed; snake, and all dehn thing. When the kids dehn want go dah school, they can’t even pass through the area because the area is really in bad shape. In fact, you can even see it with all these potholes and stuff like this. We wish we coulda get some assistance; we really need it.”

 

Well today, a backhoe and several persons with shovels, machetes, weed cutters and even wheelbarrows were in the area, cleaning out the drains and chopping down the thick grass that has been unattended for so many years. Gilroy Usher Senior, the P.U.P. standard bearer for the Port Loyola area, says he teamed up with some residents and volunteers to work on the area.

 

Gilroy Usher Sr., Organized Clean Up

“I decided to launch this cleanup campaign on Maurice Dena Street and portions of Arlington Drive because this is an area that has been totally neglected by the Belize City Council and the Area Representative. This area has not been cleaned, the drain for over a year that is why the drains are completely clogged up and the street has a big water hole that whenever people want to pass through here, especially when it rains, children and adults have to go through mud and water to pass in this area. So I was out here doing some work and I said I can’t just walk around and see this situation like this. Let me get a group of people and put some civic pride and get some work done in the area and that is the result of this. And I am very happy with the response because all volunteers are out here because we want a better community in the area.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, we know that you are a political aspirant, you are the P.U.P. standard bearer for this area. Some would say that this is all just politics. Is that what’s going on; another leg in to win the votes of the electorate?”

 

Gilroy Usher Sr.

Gilroy Usher Sr.

“No, apart from being a politician, I am also a citizen and I take pride in wanting a better community throughout the area. So I see this as genuine, just as how when Mister Bradley had the cleanup campaign for Mother’s Day; that was a genuine effort on his part. And in the same way, this is a genuine effort on my part.”

 

The effort, say the residents, is welcoming and they have agreed to try and keep the area clean.

 

Voice of: Resident

“The man is doing a good job. He’s the only man that come around here and doing such a good job. I don’t see “Boots” nowhere around here; only this man…two, three times he come around here.”

 

Donald Usher

“I noh deh pan no P.U.P. or no U.D.P., but I see Mister Usher come ina my community and I decide that my community need wah cleanup and the man is really di do wah good job. He is not in the House of Representative getting a little stipend to say he will keep the place clean. But I am proud of this guy because he is working. So I noh know what….but mi neighbors gonna be happy about it because I know when they come home from work, dehn wah say what? Improvement…the water gone; you can see down here with the pothole and stuff like that.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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