Programme manager of the Future Centre Trust Ann Harding points out a plastic bag which was covered with flies to FCT volunteer Teresa Servas.
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LESS THAN SIX MONTHS after more than 5 000 pounds of illegally dumped garbage was hauled out of Bucks Gully, the watercourse in St Thomas is dirty again.
And both a director and the programme manager of the Future Centre Trust believe the time has come to rig up wireless cameras in the area to combat the act.
The two, who were alerted to the state of the gully by the DAILY NATION, were appalled at the sight of a large sofa, mattresses, fly-infested plastic bags and household items, including a number of trophies won by someone who attended a 2010 National Sports Council summer camp programme, which had been thrown over both sides of the bridge running through the centre of the rural parish. Some had been tossed deep onto the gully floor while the heavier items had merely been heaved over the gabions to lodge a short distance away from the road.
“I don’t know if we can get Digicel or Flow to donate WiFi cameras to help in terms of policing this gully,” said Kammie Holder, advocacy director of the Trust, as he surveyed the garbage.
“And this has to be occurring at night because nobody would drive from far with an old mattress or sofa. So it has to be people from nearby,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by programme manager Ann Harding, who recalled that last September, more than two tonnes of illegally dumped garbage, including towels, had been cleared from the gully.
“I think this would be a great place for wireless cameras,” she said as she too surveyed the mess on the gully floor.
“This is madness and it’s a particular person that does it because it’s always the same kind of stuff. It’s all this household furniture and stuff,” she said.
Harding was convinced people knew the culprits but just refused to give them up.
“People don’t want to tell on other people, especially if they are people with money. People don’t want to tell because it’s very tight-knit and they are worried that if it is their neighbour and they know the neighbour is doing it, but if you tell on your neighbour, then the neighbour will go around spreading ill about you and people don’t like that,” she said.
Meanwhile, Holder warned that the pollutants from the illegally dumped items ended up downstream on the West Coast and could even contaminate the groundwater supplies.
‘My concern is, will it take an advisory from a foreign government on our water quality being impacted by illegal dumping for us to act? That is the concern,” he said. (HLE)
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