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Feb 13, 2018

Cayo Residents Complain about Road Block

Residents in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena say that one of their public streets is being converted into a double lot and it will cut them off from much needed access.  The residents allege that a government minister is behind the move and they go as far as to say that one of the employees of the Works Department now owns the land. Now, it is only an allegation and while we didn’t get Minister Rene Montero for comments, we did try to reach the Mayor Earl Trapp, but our calls went unanswered. Andrea Polanco shares more.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Residents in the Bradley’s Bank area of Santa Elena say that a street in their community is now blocked off because it has been turned into a double lot. They say they weren’t informed that they would lose access to this street and only became aware when on Monday around five in the evening a dump truck unloaded these two piles of rubble cutting off full access to the street that, according to residents, was a part of the map of the area. Resident Adelita Wilson says that she will no longer be able to access her gate once a structure is built here and now she no longer drive on this street to access her property.

 

Adelita Wilson

Adelita Wilson, Resident

“I want to go in and out of my gate and I can’t do it because they are blocking the road and I am not happy about it. My neighbor lives next door and they bring him a load of cement and the big truck can’t come in. I talk to him yesterday and he ask why they doing that and I say I wish I knew.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“This is a street in the Bradley’s Bank area – is this designated as a road or a street according to the map of this area?”

 

Adelita Wilson

“This is a road. The map shows it because I saw it with my own eyes in the Lands Department. This is a road they should not close it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why was it blocked off?”

 

Adelita Wilson

“Well, this morning I asked another neighbour and he lives back here, his son, and he told me that Montero had something to do with this. I said, “What do you mean? He told me that this is a road, public road.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Minister Montero told you that?”

 

Adelita Wilson

“Minister Montero told me that because I went to apply for it and he told me no. Well, I told him I agree because people come by every minute in vehicle and this is a busy road. If you see over here when it rains it floods and kids have to come through here. They can’t go through the mud.”

 

Rudy Wade is another resident, who lives in the Bradley’s Bank Area. While he is an independent political candidate – he says that his concern has nothing to do with politics.

 

Rudy Wade

Rudy Wade, Resident

“I thought they were gonna be fixing the road, but when I noticed the steel and the remains of demolished house I said it can’t be to fix the road. And the residents back here are very upset by it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Some people might say, “Mister Wade, we see a big sign on your house that you are running as an independent candidate; you and the P.U.P.s are just creating some political candidate?”

 

Rudy Wade

“Well, I had made it quite clear from the jump that this is not about politics. It is about people’s livelihoods and for me you just gotta do right by people because that affects me too.   My thing is that this guy that works with the public works department is the owner of this double lot and whether he gets it before the street or after. I want to know if it was before or after this street. If it was before maybe I could see but if it was after, come on, man.   This was done when they acquired this area. They did streets from when they did the lots. So, this was here from inception, from when people started to live back here so they are used to this street. Access now, they have to go all the way around and now they soon can’t because you see what is happening there – they will need a dory pretty soon to go around or go all the way that way. See the street right here where there are businesses.”

 

The neighbours allege that the street is being converted into a double lot that an employee of the Ministry of the Works now owns. But they say they want their street back:

 

Rudy Wade

“It is a great concern, man. All I am saying, I call on the Minister, “please give your employee a lot somewhere else and leave this street the way it is.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So this [owner] is an employee of Mister Montero?”

 

Rudy Wade

“It is an employee.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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