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Foul odour spoils Christmas in White Wing

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson
Joel Howie, with his daughter, skips over sewage water flowing on the street in White Wing, St Andrew.

Residents of the White Wing community, located off Hagley Park Road in South West St Andrew, will have their Christmas dinners with the stench of raw sewage assaulting their nostrils.

And it appears that the sewage will continue to flow on the streets of the community until well into the new year.

Last month, The Sunday Gleaner highlighted the complaints of residents and administrators at the Family Counselling Basic School, who bemoaned the health threats posed by the flowing sewage.

The horrible smelly water has eroded a road in the community, causing pungent craters to form.

But councillor for the area, Karl Blake, says nothing can be done to remedy the situation until next year.

"That gully wasn't like that," said Blake, pointing to a gully which runs through the community.

"It used to be cleaned quite often. Of late, people within the community decided that they should send their sewer mains into the gully.

"When it gets blocked first time you could have people go down into it and clean it, but now we can't do that again because people are letting out their waste into the gully," argued Blake, as he rejected claims from some residents that he is doing nothing to ease their plight.

Located metres from the Portia Simpson Miller Square, the problematic gully flows near a clinic.

It then goes underneath the roadway and resurfaces on the opposite side to the dismay of a few business owners who have erected their establishments there.

"The civil engineer visited the area. He did some estimates and he will be taking them in. But the city inspector will have to serve some people some notice first for the waste that they are letting go inside the drains," charged Blake.

"They are saying that they will have to block the whole road and dig up from in the middle to lay a new culvert. I am not the expert," he said, declining to give an estimate or timeline for completion of the work.

Blake in last month's local government elections won the Greenwich division for the People's National Party, securing 2,017 votes, approximately 92 per cent of the total votes.

He was up against the Jamaica Labour Party's Maureen Lorne, who secured 182 votes.

The Greenwich division falls within the boundaries of the constituency represented by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for most of the past 40 years.

Last week, residents continued to voice their health concerns over the raw sewage flowing in their community.

They charged that the situation gets worse whenever it rains, and they have been living with the unhealthy condition for the past four months.

corey.robinson@gleanerjm.com