CitCo reaches out to Monkey River in erosion fight
The residents of Monkey River in the Toledo District have been facing an eroding shoreline for the past few years. The climate change caused problem is not only impacting the look of the beach, but also residents’ home have been affected. The front street of the village has also been washed away and the Monkey River Village Council is looking for ways to tackle the beach erosion. The news of this problem facing that southern village reached the ears of CitCo’s Phillip Willoughby and Mayor Darrell Bradley. Willoughby says they will be offering their assistance with some short-term help to the Monkey River Village. How will they do this? Well, they are starting with tires that are lying across the city. The first donation has already been made – it includes those that the Council has been waiting to remove from the entrance of the City that we showed you last Thursday. But Monkey River Village needs more than those tires, as Willoughby explains, they are hoping to get the public’s assistance.
Phillip Willoughby, Councillor, BCC
“Let me say thank you to Mr. Yhony Rosado because the tires actually belong to him – his bus enterprise. So, he is the first to say to us Philip Willoughby I am willing to work with you and the team. I am willing to work with Mr. Murillo and Mr. Usher; the Ministry of Health and the agencies like Climate Change. So we will make the first deposit of these tires to assist the situation in Monkey River. So we have now on hand a large amount of tires right now at our disposal to assist Monkey River. On the first of May, the Belize City Council will have its first annual cleanup campaign; clean up initiative. Within this initiative we take this opportunity to say to all the bus owners, bus entities, tire repair shops, garage, mechanic shops, motorist inclusive, if there is anyone who has any used tires or derelict tires that they would like to discard of, we would like to take this opportunity to request these tires. If they can deposit to the transfer stations on the left hand side or the Belize City Council can pick it up, we would be more than willing to do so. It is two-fold – we are looking to solve a problem the City has. We know we are fast approaching the rainy season, as well as the hurricane season – and these tires serve as water catchment areas or breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So, we are looking to collect these tires and with the blessings from the Mayor we will be transporting these tires to the Chairman, Mr. Ivan Williams – these tires to Monkey River to allow them build some sort of remedial wall to help mitigate against further erosion of the coast line. We knew that this initiative was done already. Maybe there is some aspects of the methodology that can be changed to suit the changing times and with technology and the way it was done. So, again, this is just a short term, remedial plan to fight against further erosion and within the best time frame that we can help to mitigate further erosion. We will be lending a hand with our engineers to see how we can help.”