LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The ‘uglification’ of Victoria Street, Newtown

The Editor
Dear Sir,

As one who traverses the Castle Comfort to Roseau public road on a daily basis, I am appalled at the
number of derelict vehicles that are garaged on the side-walk on Victoria Street. When I last checked
there were fifteen (15) vehicles creating an eye sore that is inexplicable. I am left to wonder if the
relevant authorities like: Solid Waste, Roseau City Council and the Environmental Health Department
are serious about their work.

The worst part of it all is the piece of side-walk from Clem Harve Shop to the Melville Battery Bridge.
Since I am not posting pictures to illustrate my concern; I am begging the responsible authorities to do
their work. These obstacles are a threat to human life and could be the breeding ground for vectors.

Let us keep Dominca CLEAN AND GREEN.


A Resident.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 23, 2021

    Well I am also prone to errors also you know.
    Always remember to error is to be human!

  2. James Jones
    December 23, 2021

    Good observation. All around DA are filled with eyesores that you described, especially around the deep water harbor with all that trailers and empty containers. There are laws for the police to charge the owners. You must give your report to the police.

  3. I KNOW
    December 23, 2021

    Another place that is very ugly with a lot of derelict vehicles is on Bowers Lane, Goodwill. Something needs to be done about that lane. It looks like this lane is the dumping ground for unwanted vehicles.

  4. Dunce Kiat
    December 22, 2021

    F E Dods is saws all you saw? What about “had to go ‘ threw’ New Town”

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 23, 2021

      Well I am also prone to errors also you know.
      Always remember to error is to be human!

  5. Lin clown
    December 22, 2021

    Mr.Francisco-DOGS,it is not according to Skerrit,it is according to people who are not as blind as you,with their single eye sticking up their A.Dominica has become a paradise under Skerrit,without the help of GOSSIPING,LAZY people like you.Where were you when hurricane Maria hit and devastated Dominica?

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  6. Taipan
    December 22, 2021

    ummm to whom it may concern these pictures are not of Victoria Street, nor is it New Town.

    ADMIN: This is Citronier, Newtown and is still Victoria Street. Victoria Street extends all the way to the south out of Roseau.

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    • Toto
      December 22, 2021

      So because it is Citronier and not Newtown it is not true then? Man you splitting hairs, Citronier linked to Newtown, along the same major road and like a stones throw away and to me Citronier part of Newtown.

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  7. December 21, 2021

    This is a very honest piece, short and simple, but the truth is well-spoken.

    When I was in Dominica, in 2008 and 2013, I did notice that eye-saw on Victorio street, especially nearing the road to Eggleston and Giraudel–I agree with the pointer to the “side-walk from Clem Harve Shop”–good Lord, he is my cousin, we grew up together.

    Something has to be done about those eyes-saws, especially so close to the Capital City–it is not good for our visitors. That is where the attention of the parliament representative is needed.

    Dominica is a beautiful country, but we need to keep it clean if we want tourism to become a major industry in our country. That is how it works for other countries.

    In Toronto, people who walk their dogs must walk with paper and bag to be ready to pick up their ugly mess–they are not allowed to leave it exposed on the sidewalks or lawn–just imagine that!

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    • Me
      December 22, 2021

      Eyesore dear lady, the word is eyesore.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 22, 2021

      Well, little twelve year old teacher Liz; this might be the one and only time you errored, and I caught your error.
      Indeed you errored; “saw” means; you saw (past tense), like seeing someone or something: as for “saws” I do not know what that is!


       In any event I am sure we all know what you actually intended to convey!
      Eyesore defines a thing that is very ugly, especially a building that disfigures a landscape; and there are plenty of that all over Dominica.
      when it is convenient for you I need you to explain to me the location of Giraudel because I did not know one had to go threw New Town to get to your village.
      I always thought the way was through Cane Field, make a right up the hill on the old Northern Road, and a right up the hill into Giraudel, I might be a bit confuse about that.

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      • December 22, 2021

        Yes, you are confused, and very much so. Canefield and Giraudel are way, way, apart. You will never find Giraudel no matter how high the hill you climbed at Canefield. You don’t sound as if you know much of Dominica’s geography either, because Giraudel is only 5 miles from Roseau–it is like a walking distance to us.

        Giraudel is in the Roseau South constituency, I believe that Canefield is in the North.

        Glad that you understood what I meant to type, but you did not have to leave all of that useless definition, I typed incorrectly, but I know what eyesore means.

        I still blame this error on Grammarly, which doesn’t always understand what I want to say, but they keep giving me their own correction, this time I mistakenly accept them half and half.

        When I typed “eyesaw” they corrected me with “eye saw” which didn’t make any sense. So I mistakenly kept my spelling that is how it happened. I am not perfect!

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          December 24, 2021

          I hope you know I was simply needling you; certainly I know you knows how to spell correctly, if is one thing I know you are very capable of doing is spelling correctly.

          In any event I am confused about the geographic location of you village; all I can remember is that when I went there, I found that some of the most beautiful women in Dominica are from that village.

          But (I doh saying you beautiful air) but I give you credit too; and Carol!


          There is one married to a cousin of mine in Wesley, real beautiful; now I am one whose mind is easily mesmerized by yellow woman, and there plenty in your village.

  8. Fitz
    December 21, 2021

    Ditto the whole of Roseau. What a complete mess of pavement parking and as for the Bay Front, what a disgusting shambles.

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  9. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 21, 2021

    Whereas you are worried about the few old motor vehicles; it is sad since you have not said anything about the very nasty dilapidated disgusting houses seen lining the streets of the same Victoria Street.

    You see; we are led to believe that Dominica is the most prosperous, and developed place in the Caribbean; according to Roosevelt, Dominica would become a model in the Caribbean, where governments in the Caribbean would pattern the development of their island after what they saw him do on his Jurney taking Dominica to the next level!

    Before he accomplished the next level, he claimed he was miraculously about to transform Dominica; while at the same time told the nation that Dominicans are living much better than residence and citizens of the United States of America; which is the richest nation on the planet!

    The dilapidated houses I saw in the picture are my concern, the hard circumstances, poverty and hunger, the poor medical system in the country is my concern!

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  10. Lin clown
    December 21, 2021

    I agree the police officers are SLACK.They walk with their eyes on the ground and see nothing.Hundreds of people walk the streets of Roseau without facemask and these lazy police see nothing.What is worse Skerrit has an additional 52 doing basic training.There should be a task force charged with the responsibility to have these derelict vehicles removed.Fonde Cole is even worse.LAZY POLICE.

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    • Toto
      December 22, 2021

      No Lin, the buck stops with the person that appoints these officers, the one who says he run things in Dominica, the one without who’s approval nothing happens in this little country of ours. Roseau looking and smelling like a pit latrine carcon.
      If he wants the glory he must also accept the blame.

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  11. Backayard
    December 21, 2021

    Nigel your vehicle is an EYE SOAR in Citroniere , PLEASE REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY I will set Solid Waste on You!!!!!

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  12. Pipo
    December 21, 2021

    It is a veritable garbage pit, a dump, an embarrassment. Visitors on their way to Sam Raphael’s Jungle Bay resort have to pass this garbage and more. What impression does this give of our Nature Island? No amount of tarting up of the Bayfront with trashy Christmas decorations will compensate for this. That is like putting baubles and lipstick on a pig. I would have thought that with all the billions we earn from CBI the least we can do is to spend some of that to smarten up the place properly.

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