Area residents are livid over foliage and trash directly from trash trucks that are being dumped in the Pond Hill area. A husband and wife who live in the area and wish to remain anonymous spoke to TNN under extreme stress.
The wife was sitting on her porch yesterday afternoon with one of her neighbors, when they both noticed trash trucks dumping garbage directly across the street from their location.
“ The smell is horrific and our schoolchildren directly across the street have to inhale that,” she said. “ If I am smelling it from my house and the children are right next to it, I can only imagine what they smell.”
She says that when the wind blows in their direction, she and all the other neighborhood residents smell compost from the nearby landfill. That smell will now be made ten times worse with the trash being dumped nearby.
“ The trash smell, on top of the compost, is this what we deserve,” she asked. “ Are we not taxpaying people and this is what we get? This [whole situation] is out of order.”
Her husband is also very saddened by the entire situation, as the area used to be used as a dump and landfill many decades ago.
“ [Government] could have been decent enough to let the residents in the surrounding area know what they had planned to do,” he said. “ The ground is shaking [nearby] because backhoes are digging into the ground.
Through that process, they are uncovering stuff that had been covered up for years and dumping trash from all over the island to this spot, adjacent to a primary school, not to mention all of the residents in the area.”
According to him, area residents have had to deal with wind blowing things off of the compost heap which has had a negative effect on residents’ health and even their roofs.
“ No one [in Government] seems to be paying any attention to the issue, which has been brought up by a local community group,” he explained. “ Government members have told us that they will address these things, but when we look, it just gets worse. Yesterday was like the final nail in the coffin.”
The husband plans to reach out to the area MP, Minister of Finance the Honorable Curtis Dickinson. He hopes that the Minister will be able to put an immediate stop to trash being dumped in the area that is no longer a designated trash collecting site.
“ I want to know from them what thought process went through their minds, thinking that they could just take trash and dump it in a residential area.
They need to have some kind of explanation that makes sense,” he explained. “ If not, then I’ll have to go the whole nine yards and call the news, radio stations involved, people in my surrounding community involved, and people in every area around here. People have to band together and put a stop to what’s going on here.”
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