Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has given a detailed response to concerns expressed by Salisbury parliamentary representative Hector John about the government’s alleged failure to address feeder road concerns in John’s constituency.
Dominica News Online reported earlier that the people of Salisbury had served notice to Public Works Minister Blackmoore that they are ready to take action to have their roads fixed.
The minister was told that he is being given one week “and no more” to respond to their request for dialogue on the road conditions of feeder roads in the area.
Parliamentary Representative Hector John warned at the time that if Minister Blackmoore failed to respond to the community at the stipulated time, they would not be responsible for what happens next.
According to John, on November 24, 2011, the people of his constituency wrote to the works minister asking for dialogue to address the matter of repairing feeder roads in Salisbury, Morne Rachette and Coulibistrie, but received not response.
Minister Blackmoore has since issued a statement, describing Hector John’s stand on that matter as “shocking and unbecoming and is indicative of someone who is in a child’s stage”.
According to the Works Minister “John is rather very disconnected to the actual responses and actions taken regarding the status of the said constituency matters which he claims to represent”.
He says plans for addressing feeder road problems in the Salisbury constituency were expounded on in parliament in response to a question from the Salisbury MP who may have missed that response because of an ongoing boycott of the House of Assembly by elected members of the United Workers Party.
The following is part of Minister Blackmoore’s response on the Feeder roads matter:
Here is an account therefore of the recent roadworks undertaken which included asphalt patching, brush cutting, drainage clearance, landslide clearing, construction of concrete lined drains and concrete pavement within the Salisbury Constituency amounting to $778,597.67:
· Morne Rachette Village -$169,225.38
· Morne Rachette Feeder Road -$185,499.04
· Gros Morne Feeder Road -$7,262.00
· Salisbury Village Area -$109,615.00
· Salisbury Feeder Road -$67,390.00
· Coulibistrie -$35,622.50
· Mero-Cuba-Carholme -$203,983.25
The recent roadworks in Morne Rachette involved construction of concrete lined drains and new asphaltic concrete pavement on the main access to the village. The villagers of Morne Rachette can attest to the fact the current condition of the road to their village has been in the best state that it could have been for a very long time (excerpt from statement ends here).
Public Works Minister Blackmoore says while Salisbury MP John “continues to insinuate sinister motives to seek to insight civil disorder and confusion I remain focused on the concerns and issues of the people of the Salisbury Constituency and to a make a meaningful difference in the quality and level of service of their roads”.
John told DNO recently “We have been doing everything in our power to ensure that we repair the feeder road in the area and Blackmoore has refused to meet with farmers”.