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IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Bush around SSA plant a nuisance

MARIA BRADSHAW, mariabradshaw@nationnews.com

Added 14 March 2018

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Residents in Workmans, St George, want to know what the plans are for this defunct pulverisation plant. (Picture by Maria Bradshaw.)

The defunct pulverisation plant at Workmans, St George, is becoming more than a bother to residents there.

Many years ago the plant was used by the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) to sort and grind garbage before it was transported to the Mangrove Pond Dump.

However, residents said they felt it had been abandoned by Government since there had never been an announcement of what would become of the plant and the expansive grounds around it.

Evangelist Hallam Barker, who has lived in Workmans for 49 years, said residents’ major concern was the upkeep and maintenance of the lands surrounding the plant.

He pointed out that residents would usually contact his cousin, who worked at the SSA and who also lived in the area, about having the grounds debushed, but Barker said no one had come to clear the area in years.

After he spoke to this column two weeks ago, the SSA finally sent a team to trim the overhanging bush last week.

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Evangelist Hallam Barker showing the expansive lands surrounding the pulverisation plant. He estimates it is about 80 acres. (Picture by Maria Bradshaw.)

But Barker wanted to know if the SSA would continue to maintain the area.

“We are not satisfied with this because there is too much bush out here,” he lamented. “My neighbour Muriel normally pays somebody to clean it. The last time she paid $80 to get it clean. She cleaned all around here and had it low, but in a jiffy, the grass grew back high.”

He added that the bush hanging over the road in one spot also posed a danger to residents.

“The bus passes through here and anybody could hide in there and try to rob one of us,” he said.

He recalled that people lived on the vacant land opposite his home and Government relocated them after the plant was built and bought the property.

“It is almost 80 acres of land. This land runs all the way to the border of Middleton. I don’t know what they doing with it, but this is good land,” he said.

As to the pulverisation plant, Barker said it was built between 1975 and 1977 and closed about 20 years later.

A chain which had become rusty over the years and two big boulders were still across the entrance of the property to prevent access to the three buildings on the land, one of which contained machinery.

Barker said after it was closed, he heard reports that a company was taking it over.

“I heard one time it was up for sale for the telephone company to use as a workshop,” he said.

A resident opposite the plant said not only was it horrible to look at, but it was infested with rodents.

“Rats running ’bout all over the place,” he said.

He too pointed out that Government had never revealed any plans for the former plant.

When contacted, the incumbent parliamentary representative for the area, Dwight Sutherland, said he had no information on what was being done about the property.

Efforts were made to reach Rosalind Knight, general manager of the SSA, to find out its plans for the plant, but those were unsuccessful.

An employee of the SSA said he could not recall any internal discussions ever being made about the plant, and that many of the people who had worked there and knew about its history had retired from the organisation. (MB)

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