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May 9, 2016

BWC and FSTV Mend Fences…

On Thursday, we reported of an impasse between the Fort Street Tourism Village and Belize Waste Control Limited, involving the cost of garbage collection from tenants at FSTV.  BWC complained that it had been losing revenue as a result of the overwhelming amount of garbage collected that was not being billed according to volume.  As a result of the deadlock, the sanitation company pulled its services.  The abrupt withdrawal became a cause for public health concern at the port of entry.  This afternoon, Councilor Philip Willoughby whose responsibility includes sanitation, stepped in to mediate between both parties.  He says that a solution has been met and that FSTV and BWC are committed to resolve the impasse.

 

Philip Willoughby, City Councilor

“Since last week it was brought to our attention over at City Hall about an impasse between FSTV and its tenants and the Belize Waste Control Limited.  Our presence here, our role was to intervene to see if we could have rectified the situation and return the village back to normalcy as far as waste is concerned.  I believe that we being here today along with the sanitation contract for the city, we rectified and resolved this impasse and we look forward to Belize Waste Control serving and providing service back to FSTV.”

 

Philip Willoughby

Isani Cayetano

“Are you at liberty to divulge any part of this particular negotiation?”

 

Philip Willoughby

“I won’t be able to do so until, to conclude on Waste Control’s side, you would have to give us a little bit and then we can confirm to you that Waste Control will be up and running one hundred and fifty percent serving the village, providing we conclude on one additional leg of the conversation.”

 

Reporter

“Who were the participants in the meeting?”

 

Philip Willoughby

“The management of FSTV, myself, the legal advisor and the sanitation manager, along with representation from Belize Waste Control’s general manager.”

 

Reporter

“Would you describe the meeting as tense?”

 

Philip Willoughby

“No.  Of course not!  This isn’t Belize versus Guatemala or any [incidences] in the Sarstoon.  This is how business works.  We are professional people, we are respectful and mature people and like I said, we had a cordial discussion and both sides made their arguments and we came up with a remedy for this impasse.”

 

Reporter

“Earlier when we were out here we saw some folks from outside bringing out garbage bags…”

 

Philip Willoughby

“No, no.  They cannot.  That is illegal.  They cannot do that.  What FSTV can do under the law is remove FSTV’s waste that it has generated.  Any other tenant would have to utilize their own service, provide their own service and take their own waste to the transfer station.  That‘s how it works.  That is the way the law is structured.”

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