Eltham Acres residents upset over dysfunctional sewage plant, overgrown bushes
Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer
Residents of Eltham Acres in St Catherine are this afternoon fuming at the National Water Commission (NWC) over a malfunctioning sewage treatment plant, which the residents say has been the source of a foul odour plaguing the community and an escape route and haven for criminals.
Speaking with The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre this morning, president of the Eltham Acres Citizen's Association, George Moodie, says the problem has been ongoing for 13 years despite several complaints to the NWC. The plant, which sits on about four acres of property, has been overgrown with bushes, Moodie says, and seepage from the area has resulted in a mosquito and rodent infestation.
He says the overgrowth and damaged perimetre fence around the property has also contributed to an increase in robberies in the community, particularly motor vehicle theft. Moodie says about six motor vehicles have been stolen in the past three months, the latest incident occurring last Monday night.
He argues that the location of the property within the community makes it easy for criminals to enter and escape easily. He says, while the police have been responsive to their pleas for increased security, the situation will persist if the NWC does not maintain the property.
According to Moodie the NWC had told residents that they would be brought on to a new central sewage treatment plant which should serve the parish, however, this was not done.
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