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Parents of Augier Combined demand relocation of poultry farms in open letter

By Parents of Augier Combined

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Dear Honourable Ministers,

On Wednesday 16th March 2016, you insulted us, the parents with children attending the Augier Combined School. For over 22 years, the school has been disrupted by the smells from farms nearby the school.

To discuss this very sensitive issue you send scapegoats, an overworked principal and the education officer. If it wasn’t for the direction of the principal in controlling and redirecting the meeting, the mouth piece from the ministry of Education would have been chewed out.

Mr. Ministers, no longer are we ignorant agrarian people but our parents are now made up of a cadre of intelligent professionals who see through the nonsense that successive governments continue to spew.

How and why these farmers where allowed to continue to operate a thriving business at the expense of the health of the teachers and students is appalling to us. This situation affects the entire community.

Is no one concerned that an entire generation from our community is being made sick by the fumes and pilot ants from these farms? Is this a conspiracy theory to wipe out a generation of Augier’s children and have them succumb from sicknesses left to be determined?

Is it that the lives of our heartbeats, our most precious jewels, our babies are so inconsequential that your solutions continue to be the same? Whether it be long term, short term or otherwise? We demand answers!

Children and teachers have fallen sick, are still sick….where is the concern? Where is the compensation? School insurance only covers accidents at, near or during school related activities. This is not a problem of the stench, on a windy day from the school’s playing field the feathers from the chicken coup are visible.

Our children view it as a source of amusement and play with it but what really are they playing with? Teachers continue to feel burning sensations on their skin, children have persistent coughs and runny noses….isn’t this a reason for concern?

Right now children in Grades K, 1, 3 and 5 have been asked to remain home as there is no location from which they can receive instruction which is supposed to to free for all. These Grade 5 students are the very same who some six years ago where displaced from the school at Augier Combined…..same process…no new solutions.

This is what we demand…… When will the farms be relocated….no long term, short term lingo…..time is measured in months….we need dates….is the air quality at the school to be tested before our little ones are asked to report there?

This has to be done….will we hear an allocation being made in this years budget specifically geared towards relief for the school? Everyone is being taken care of…..farmers are getting assistance of all sorts….do these farmers operate from a lease?

When and how will they be held culpable for the public nuisance that they have repeatedly been guilty of? Are eggs more important than this nation’s future? Why is the school and community tied up and affected negatively by a nasty family dispute amongst the farmers?

Can’t the school be relocated, whether short term or permanently? This time, no mouth pieces….we demand your presence and insist that the Augier Combined School’s PTA be included at meetings to discuss the future of our children.

Parents of Augier Combined

(Open letter to the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Parliamentary Representative of Augier/ Laborie, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Education, Minister of Health and Minister of Commerce‏)


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  1. This is pure bull now u can see the ministry of Education is full of crap. This school has been there for over 80 years and you mean to tell. Me the ministry cannot do something with that. That place should be shut down immediately.


  2. This is the first open letter I've seen since I suggested it early last year or late the year before. However, to get a reply; I also said to write and send letters to those Concerned as they do not have to reply to an open letter (it's mainly for Public Reference) but they MUST reply to any letter sent to their Respective Offices. So if you have not yet posted any letters, DO so; preferably REGISTERED so someone have to sign for them as proof of RECEIPT. They have a certain amount of time to Reply Officially to you, 3 WEEKS is MORE than enough time required. Send a COPY of the same letter (do not alter anything except the DATE) or you will have to send another open letter to keep the public informed of what you sent. Anyone who follow this course of action should ALWAYS include the DATE of posting on the Letter so the public can be aware and await reply. As I have said before, writing in these columns will NOT get a Response from Ministers BUT Correspondence to their Offices WILL. Keep the Public informed by open letters, some of us offer good advice and you don't have to pay for it. KEEP all replies SAFE with a few copies spread around to Interested Parties. Success to you.


    • "Truth Always" bravo to you for the above.

      It's high time these Ministries make St Lucians aware of their rights.

      And your above comment is so right, writers should also keep a copy any and all letters they send to a Ministry.

      Copies of the letters should also be sent the opposition representatitive.

      I'd go one further and send copies to the Governor General and PMs Office.


  3. Waiting on Dr. Blame Everybody Lewis to start his blame game. Instead of trying to fix the problem, he'll make excuses and blame everybody. Parents, stand up for your children, these politicians don't care about your'll. They just want your votes and then talk nonsense about how much they value education.


  4. Loads of crap from the authorities. Like bombs going off in Syria, we never know when the chicken bomb will go off at the school and parents will be called. Plz, plz, take care of our little children and teachers. Plz persons in authority....help us. It is time


  5. Didn't they bring this up around the time of last election? This has been an issue for over 22 years yet it is hardly heard about, all this time children are suffering. This should be a big issue even something to protest about instead of being brought up every once in a while.


  6. I agree completely. Who puts a chicken farm next to a damn school. You can tell a bobol happen because zoning legislation would not allow that to happen. I suggest you send your children to other schools. Last I heared many schools around the island are under populated so finding a suitable place should not be hard. Naturally you should go to the media to shame the government into compensating you for your child's relocation costs (its the only way they listen).


  7. Well writtent letter, I can only point out 1 flaw. And that's in the greeting "Dear Honourable Ministers,"

    We need to stop addressing our Ministers as "Hounourable" let's just leave it as "Dear Ministers"

    Who determines if a Minister is honourable!


  8. I have heard of a chicken and egg situation but this is a chicken and school scenario.
    Which came first, the chicken or the school?


  9. where is alva? in enalnd


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