IT MATTERS TO MARIA: Road to problems
RESIDENTS of Mount Friendship, St Michael, have issued another appeal to Government to provide them with an access road.
In 2012, they lost the most convenient pathway to their homes when construction began on the new Barbados Water Authority headquarters and a galvanised fence was erected across the path, which they had been using for years.
Furthermore, the residents, who occupy about six houses at the top of the rocky road, fear that they may no longer have a proper road to travel because a resident is in the process of erecting a fence across her land, which will effectively block the alternative route they have been using.
David Webb, who has been living in the area since 1997, said that when he saw poles for the fencing being erected he contacted parliamentary representative Santia Bradshaw, a lawyer.
“She told me that the landlord had a right to fence off her property and that we could not trespass,” he said.
Webb acknowledged that he had been accused of engaging in certain activities such as throwing stones on a neighbour’s rooftop, but he denied the allegation.
He also produced a letter which he had received from an attorney forbidding him from trespassing on the land which was being fenced.
In addition, Webb said he had also been warned by the police against walking on the property.
“A police officer came out here and told the landlord to dig the holes, plant her poles and block off the area and if anybody walk across her land call him and he would come up here and prosecute us. From then I have been using the back road.”
However, Webb and other affected residents complained that this “back road” which was another steep, rocky path could only be accessed by walking.
“No vehicles would be able to come through here to us.”
The residents revealed that for several years they had been pleading with different governments as well as MPs to have a road built in the neighbourhood.
“We were promised a road and people from the Urban Development Commission came out here and took measurements, but nothing else was done,” one woman resident recalled.
Pointing out that this was the third time that the problem was being publicly highlighted, another woman said that it was time that Government came to their assistance and provide them with a road.
“If we can’t get a road, I don’t see why I?should have to pay light and water bills because if anything happens none of them can’t get up in here,” Webb complained.