Director of Jada Group calls complaint “Ridiculous”
Jada Construction Company representatives are quoted in today’s Nation stating that no chemical or waste was pumped into the sea from their Road View, St. Peter project.
Jada Group director Philip Tempro calls a complaint by the troublemaking Mullins Bay blogger “ridiculous” and confirmed that he’s seen the stories and photos on the internet – presumably at Mullins Bay Blog and here at BFP.
Site supervisor Larry Maynard told The Nation that “several gallons” of seawater had been pumped back into the ocean during the construction and that Coastal Zone Management and Town and Country Planning have been “constantly” monitoring the project. (Constantly? I don’t see them in photos of the construction site when the pumping was happening!)
Have a look at the above photo of the discoloured “chemical smell” sea, taken by the Mullins Bay Blog “troublemaker”. Does that look like “several” gallons to you… or several hundred or several thousand?
A pity that our blogging friend hadn’t thought to fill a couple of sample jars for testing. Why two? One for the Environment Ministry and one to be sent to an independent laboratory over and away to be compared with the government results. Everybody knows the reason why you have to do that! It’s the only way to keep things honest ’bout hey where the big money boys can make lab results change by magic.
The Mullins Bay troublemaking blogger also says that the new seawall is being constructed too close to the sea. Companies regularly do that when they can get away with taking a little more of the coast. We’ve all seen it happen a dozen times.
This time though, our blogging friend has asked for the authorities to come in, take measurements and also to test the water coming out of the pumps and in the general area of the discharge.
Will CZMU, the Environment Ministry and T & C Planning really look at the construction site, and deliver a public and transparent examination?
This being Barbados I wouldn’t hold my breath, but maybe we’re being too critical. Maybe the authorities will be on site today. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on that from Mullins Bay Blog.
Now look here, folks. You should go to The Nation to read Sea Fear. Please do it now.
You know how it is… The Nation has a record for deleting and changing news stories to re-write history, so to preserve the truth and the integrity of our post we have to print their whole story here. But please do read it at the Nation. They did a good job covering this news and they deserve your visit…
BY MARIA BRADSHAW | FRI, OCTOBER 21, 2011 – 9:06 AM
A resident of Road view, St Peter, wants officials at the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) and the Ministry of the Environment to test the seawater along the coast there and give the assurance that it is free of chemicals.
That is because for the past three weeks, a construction site has been dumping a substance into the sea that has turned it “milky”, leaving a strong, overbearing odour.
The man, who has posted several photographs on the Internet showing the discoloured sea and workmen at the site pumping the liquid substance into the ocean, has warned seabathers that they swim at their own risk.
However, officials of Jada Construction Company, whose subsidiary Sigma Construction is working at the site, located opposite the Texaco Service Station at Road View, explained that they were building a seawall and merely pumping seawater, mixed with sand, back into the ocean.
But the resident, who charged that he had to run out of the water when it started to turn white while he was taking a swim, remains unconvinced. He believes that “construction waste” was mixed with the water and that was why the sea had a “chemical odour”.
“It is a construction site. I believe that some of the construction waste such as cement, which is made with chemicals, was released into the ocean,” he stated.
He revealed that this was not the first time that the construction company had released a discolouring substance into the sea.
In addition, the resident wants to know how the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU) and the Town & Country Planning Department could give permission for new construction to take place at the site.
He said it was the location of a significant landmark building at Road View, St Peter, known as The Palace.
“For a while we thought they were keeping and/or just remodelling the old building until one day – boom! – they brought in the bulldozer and tore the whole thing down.
“Local people who have wanted to tear down and rebuild in this area have been told in the past that it is too close to the road and the sea; so they can only repair or move. How does a foreigner get permission to practically build in the water is stunning to say the least”, he wrote on his website.
He also expressed concern about the new seawall being built.
It appears, he said, closer to the shore, than the previous one.
Philip Tempro, managing director of Jada Group, who said what was posted on the Internet was drawn to his attention, denied that any chemical or construction waste was pumped into the water.
“That is absolutely ridiculous. We are building a seawall and that is the excess water which we pumped out because we had to dig several feet down to ensure that we had a solid foundation,” he stated.
This was reiterated by Larry Maynard, the supervisor on the site, who said several gallons of seawater had been pumped back into the ocean during excavation work.
“We had to construct a solid seawall so we had to dig several feet down. It is obvious that the water would be mixed with sand and that is why it looked milky, but the water cleared up in just a few minutes,” he stated, adding that the pumping had been completed.
He also denied that the new seawall was too close to the sea.
“Coastal Zone and Town and Country Planning would never allow us to encroach on beach property and they have been constantly monitoring this project. This is also a company with a reputation to protect and we would never breach the law.
“We have not done anything on this project without consultation with our architects and our engineers.”