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For Todd’s Road
Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner dedicates a short chapter in his biography, Zero to Hero, to the time he spent growing up in Todd’s Road Village during which he attended the Todd’s Road RC School. The chapter is entitled Abandoned and the next chapter, which details his life after leaving Todd’s Road, is titled Happy Days.
Warner associates Todd’s Road Village with childhood trauma, in which his school work declined, and he attributes the development of a speech impediment, during which he began to stutter, as a result of his stressful living in Todd’s Road. While, like Warner, I was born in Rio Claro, for almost all my life I have maintained a house and a home in Todd’s Road Village. It has been the source of my happy days. The village has the distinction, if you look at the map of Trinidad, of falling in the dead centre of the island.
Over the last two weeks, Todd’s Road has been in the news. On Tuesday, August 13, without warning, the residents blocked the main entrance to Todd’s Station Road, which gives the village its name, in a spontaneous protest against road conditions: the unreliable water supply; the lack of recreational facilities; and the general abandonment and rural neglect that is reflective of life outside the East/West corridor and suburban Trinidad and Tobago.
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