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Mar 16, 2011

City hall says there are other areas that are too close to high tension wires

The vendors on Mahogany Street aren’t the only people being affected by the one hundred and fifteen kilovolt power lines. There are other parts of the country where lines are in dangerous proximity to buildings.  B.E.L. is looking at a similar instance of vendors operating under power lines in San Pedro. But in the old capital, the City Council is assessing the situation on streets like New Road. In that case, Philip Willoughby says the houses can’t be moved, but the lines can.

Jose Sanchez

“The vendors may want to know if City Council or B.E.L. will assist them in relocating these Mennonite houses, as we call them.  Would that be coming or would they have to bear the cost of moving?”

Philip Willoughby, City Councilor

Philip Willoughby

“Providing that it is within the time prior to after the twenty-sixth of August. Of course we will be willing to assist them in relocation and if they identify a spot, they will come to us and choose a particular spot. Not limiting only to Mahogany Street, if you were to look at New Road as a part of a further discussion that we had with B.E.L., you would know that high tension wires run along New Road likewise and these high tension wires in some instances are extremely near to houses or passing near to verandahs and so forth. What B.E.L. will do, they will relocate in that instance, those poles and lines—in that particular instance because literally you cannot remove the houses and the opportunity cost to forgo to remove a whole house and that kind of thing. The difference with New Road and Mahogany Street is that the poles can be relocated on New Road and the lines can be, unfortunately on Mahogany Street that is not the case and wouldn’t be cost effective for us.”

B.E.L. will also be looking at similar issues in other parts of the country.

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5 Responses for “City hall says there are other areas that are too close to high tension wires”

  1. javier solis says:

    This willoughby is really in love with a microphone. He believes he is so brilliant and glib, but he only looks foolish, no matter what he says. Get a life Willoughby, we are tired of seeing you day in day out in the news.

  2. d says:

    Let BEL pay to place them all underground-it can be done-look at the glass building on Coney drive and see that the manager had to pay privately what BEL should have done and place them under the street-cheapos-if they are so caring-then pay to put people lifes in safety

  3. MyLegacyB4myPeople says:

    I do hope that it is BEL that will be footing this bill and not the city council, and the people of Belize should make sure of this also. Why is Willioughby doing all the talking? Why is BEL not being interviewed also on this issue? seems like they don’t want to show their dirty face after all they are the ones making all the money by over charging and under serving, let them pay all the expenses associated with moving these vendors and poles, what about the high tension wires that runs through the farm lands that are next to the cattle sand other farm animals that are used for consumption are they going to move those also? Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

  4. Stella Marris Advocate says:

    how about moving the huts in front of Stella Marris entrance on Freetown, it is a traffic hazard and it definitely looked a lot better when it was a green area. It was one of the only area it the city that appearred to be planned, now that is all gone.

  5. ivan says:

    MEK B.E.L pay for the relocating of the people’s houses etc,they have thiefed enough $$ from the poor BELIZEAN PEOPLE.

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