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What's Trending: Social services breakdown

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 14 August 2014


The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Commuters are being left stranded in the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal for as many hours. They site poor management and week supervision which see them spending many hours a day just trying to get to and from work. Meanwhile, garbage trucks have been taken off the road for repairs and the Sanitation Service Authority is struggling to collect the mounds of garbage piling up across some Barbadian communities. The bus tales of woe seem to be coming from across the island. Margaret Lorde: For years the Bayfield route has been plagued with poor service I am a victim of it several times over. Many nights I’ve waited for the last bus home only to leave the terminal going on 1 a.m.. The terminal is always empty and silent totally devoid of communication from the powers that be, what’s so ironic about it is that those same commuters’ fare monies are needed to help finance the Transport Board only to be treated in the poorest of ways. Latoya Willoughby-Brathwaite: Well what do we expect if they fire all the drivers? Who really is going to drive the buses? So the few good buses they have left them know there are not enough drivers. Marilyn T Edwards: I am not from here and I am staying in St David’s. It is only an Edey Village or a Marley Vale bus I can get and it takes forever to get a bus. Very stressful, but I have no choice. Ta-shasher Mayers: Don’t talk about Workmans. Sometimes I stand for four hours for a bus. Nonsense! Poetry Dancer: The transport board wants [over]hauling, from poor bus service to rude people at the station at Speightstown. Garbage collection has also become a much-debated topic. Patricia Burrowes-Boucher: It is obvious, what is the sense buying trucks and sending home people?? Who is going to drive them?? Eton Thompson:  Is attention being paid to the distance covered per day? The greater the distance covered the more frequent the maintenance. Also, attention should be paid to driving habits. Assess the quality of inspections and maintenance. Are manufacturers’ specifications being adhered to? Maria Leclair Rose Dasilva: Attention should be given to drivers to make sure they are putting in the number of hours needed each day to meet the garbage pickup on their route....never know some people will slack off if they can get away with it! Mark King: Solid waste tax paid up and they still can’t deliver on what you pay for. Shameful Rawle Spooner: Barbados [is] falling apart at the seams.


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