With the opening of a new school year and the fact that hundreds will now be commuting on a daily basis, the United Workers Party Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency Branch bemoans the dreadful condition of the road network throughout the constituency.
The degradation of the road network has caused great discomfort; it has negatively impacted commerce, significantly increased cost to motorists and placed the health and safety of our people at risk.
In sharp contrast, during the tenure of the United Workers Party, between 2007 and 2011, the UWP government engaged in a very aggressive and proactive Road Rehabilitation Programme championed by the then District Representative, Mr. Rufus Bousquet.
The programme, despite being severely impacted by Hurricane Tomas and scarce resources, successfully rehabilitated the roads in the communities of Industry, Bois Den, Cocoa, Franciou and Morne Jacques. Additionally, a number of concrete roads including concrete drains were constructed in the communities of Morne Sion, Ravineau, Esperance, Bois Den, Jetrine, Dacretin, Leriche and Morne Jacques, to name a few.
This Road Rehabilitation Programme brought enormous relief and pride to residents and motorists alike. The road works executed at the time facilitated more comfortable communication between residents and created much needed job opportunities.
Today, the roads in Saltibus, Darban, Morne Sion, Gia Bois, Park Estate, Mont Lezard, Esperance and Balca have severely deteriorated as a consequence of the arrant neglect by this SLP administration.
The concrete drainage projects started by the UWP government in Balca, Darban, Jetrine and Fiette have been spitefully abandoned by this SLP administration. The Fiette road is barely accessible, a crying shame considering that work on that road had begun under the UWP administration only to be left unattended by this SLP administration. The concrete road in Esperance and the road in Franciou to date have not continued.
Hon. Lorne Theoplhilus and this SLP administration were ushered into office on the promise of ‘Better Days’ for the people of Choiseul/Saltibus. The reality has proven woefully different. The common cry in Choiseul/Saltibus is that of Hon. Lorne Theophilus’ abject neglect of and apparent disrespect for the people of the Choiseul/Saltibus and his sworn duty to them.
The importance of a healthy road network to our community’s and our country’s development cannot be overemphasized. The United Workers Party Choiseul/Saltibus Constituency Branch, therefore, calls on Hon. Lorne Theophilus and Hon. Philip Pierre, the Minister for Infrastructure, to immediately arrest your gross dereliction of duty and address the crucial concerns of the residents of the constituency by expeditiously attending to the degradation of the road network throughout our beloved community.
Choiseul/Saltibus expects and deserves better!