Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has condemned protest action now taking place in Salisbury.
He also said conditions of roads in the area are being addressed.
He spoke during a live interview on state-owned DBS Radio on Monday morning.
“The government condemns the action of the Salisbury people,” he said, adding that there are legal means in addressing issues.
“One cannot condone or support in anyway whatsoever the illegal blocking of public access roads,” he stated.
On Monday residents of the community blocked the E.O Leblanc Highway, causing a pile up of traffic.
They say the government has neglected the area and the roads, especially farm access roads, are in a deplorable condition.
But the Prime Minister said the roads are being addressed by the government through the European Union-funded Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM).
“As the people of Salisbury would know, the member of parliament of Salisbury would know, I hope, we’ve been working with the European Union (EU) under the Banana Accompanying Measure to address several farm access roads across the country of which the Salisbury Heights is a priority area,” he stated.
He noted that there has been a delay in the implementation of the BAM but work should begin “in the next months.”
He went on to say that because of the delay the government decided to do remedial works on the most critical area of farm access roads in Salisbury Heights to Carholm.
“As a matter of fact I paid a visit there myself, along with the Minister of Agriculture and his staff and Ministry of Public Works staff to look at the area specifically and once we got there we decided we cannot wait for the BAM to do certain sections of the road,” Skerrit said.
He remarked that the public knows of the government’s position on the Salisbury road.
“We have provided that information to the public so they know of that information,” he said. “There was a consultation with the consultants from BAM where a lot of information was shared with the various farming communities, where some of the roads will be effected, and the stakeholders to indicate to them what has to be done.”
He said work on the Salisbury road is going to in extensive.
“In terms of the works that have to be done, it will be covering ten kilometers of road that is the worst sections of the road in the Salisbury Height, so it is going to be extensive,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the road is going to be the most costly of all the roads to be repaired under the BAM.
“So if the guys were really serious about the roads, the farm access roads, they know of better avenues to get the information and updates on the situation,” he stated.