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Plaisance Park unhappy with MP’s efforts
Instead of burning tyres, which seems to be the norm in most protests, frustrated residents of Plaisance Park yesterday opted to use their placards, coloured with images of flames, to highlight “burning issues” in their community. The residents, using white bristol board placards with drawings of the phrase “burning issue” surrounded by flames, protested on the edge of their community—a stone’s throw from the St Margaret’s Police Station.
Led by Plaisance Park Village Community Council president Joel Phillips and Orville Wolsey, residents of Christian Drive, Sunset Drive and Circular Drive stood united under the watchful eyes of the police, as they marched and chanted. They complained about poor representation, landslips threatening homes, a dengue outbreak, sewer problems and poor drainage.
Wolsey told reporters, “We have more issues than tissues. We cannot cry enough.” He said residents had to take their protest to the streets because no one, especially their Pointe-a-Pierre MP, Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod, has responded to their complaints. “The biggest problem in Plaisance Park and Pointe-a-Pierre is the MP,” Wolsey lamented.
Resident Fitzroy Lewis said in 2010, $46 million was allocated to repair a landslip, but after the general election nothing was done. Margaret Alverado-Mitchell, of lower Christian Drive, said she and her family are living in fear because the landslip was closing in on her home.
“We do not have a backyard. This landslide pulled down our fence, our coconut tree and we are directly affected by it, especially when the rain falls. The landslip keeps coming in closer to the home and we are afraid we might not have a home soon. We need some assistance,” she said. Contacted by the T&T Guardian yesterday, Mc Leod, in a telephone interview, said he supported the residents in their expression of protest, but denied neglecting the constituency.
The MP said Cabinet, on Thursday, had approved remedial works for the landslip at Christian Drive. “I want to assure them that Plaisance Park has had a lot of work and there remains a lot to be done, as in the entire country. They can be assured of continued representation on the issues affecting them,” Mc Leod said. He said he had no reports of any incidents of dengue in the community and added, “I am sure the Ministry of Health is doing all that is necessary to combat communicable diseases and other diseases.”
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