“Whoever is responsible – I just want them to come and tell me what is going on before it is too late,” … homeowner Susan Greenidge
Gaping Holes Spark Fear For Long Gap Homeowner
THE RECENT COLLAPSE of an apartment building at Arch Cot, Brittons X Cross, St Michael, has caused some fear of land slippage in another St Michael area. This time it is at 1st Avenue, Long Gap, Spooners Hill, St Michael, where Susan Greenidge lives with her four children and a grandchild.
She said for the past year, two gaping holes had been widening in her backyard, and efforts to find out what was going wrong seemed to have reached a bottleneck.
Scared of a similar ocurrence of the tragedy which claimed five lives at Brittons Hill last Sunday, Greenidge is appealing to all the relevant authorities to help find out what is going on beneath her house.
Not only is she afraid of the holes in the yard, but Greenidge’s back bedroom has been sinking, and she has been forced to move the children’s beds into her living room.
“I am scared. I don’t even go near the yard or that bedroom anymore. When I first realised the hole was getting bigger and bigger, I contacted Hamilton Lashley [Government's Adviser on Poverty]. He sent someone to look at it, but since then I’ve never heard any response,” she added.
Her next step was to call the Environmental Health Unit, first about five months ago and then again on Wednesday.
“The gentleman took pictures the first time he came and said he would pass them on to his boss, but I haven’t heard anything from them yet.”
Next door, her neighbour Sonia Goodridge has also been seeing some cracks in the foundation of the steps in her yard. Outside a heavy steamroller was paving some marl in the area, causing some serious vibrations throughout the house, and for Susanne the memory of Arch Cot was all too fresh in her mind.
“I just need the geologists, environmentalists, whoever is responsible – I just want them to come and tell me what is going on before it is too late,” she pleaded.
… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)
“Whoever is responsible…”
Susan Greenidge is looking for “Whoever is responsible…” to advise her as to whether or not her family is in danger from holes that are opening up in her yard and the fact that her home is sinking.
We can answer that for her… Yes, Mrs. Greenidge, your family is in danger, has been for months or even years, and there is NOBODY in government who cared enough to do anything for you – unless they will now look at it after another family
was murdered died.
Pack up your kids and belongings and get out, because this is Barbados and you are on your own. We have no building code and there are no homeowner protection laws as many other countries have.
You called Minister of Poverty Hamilton Lashley over six months ago and nothing was done. You called the Environmental Health Unit and nothing was done.
The only reason your story is in the paper now is the deaths of the Codrington family. IF you do get a response from government, know that it is ONLY because of the Codrington family.
And that is why it is so important for Bajans to keep the deaths of the Codringtons in our memories and on our tongues. Their deaths must change something for the good or they will have died for nothing.