Planned Region Three landfill in limbo

-as environmental concerns surface

Work on a proposed landfill at Windsor Forest, in Region Three, has been halted after farmers and residents raised concerns about its potential impact on the environment.

Among the concerned Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara residents is cash crop farmer Mohammed Rasheed, who says the landfill will pollute the waterways that run through the farmlands and which are used by the animals.

He said he has been spearheading the lobby against the project with the chairman of the Neighbourhood Demo-cratic Council (NDC). He said that he lived on the West Coast all his life and he has farmed rice, livestock and now vegetables there. Over the years, he said, he has gained in-depth knowledge of the environment and has the most pertinent perspective to validate his claims of the negative environmental impacts of the proposed landfill, which he said would change the topography of the area and may hinder farming.

Collin Croal
Collin Croal

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government Collin Croal told Stabroek News that a landfill has to be built in the Region Three as part of the government’s Solid Waste Management Programme being implemented in the region. Towards this end, he said that a site at Windsor Forest had been initially identified for the landfill after the examination of two sites in the region. He further stated that they went ahead and constructed a bridge and an all-weather access road to the earmarked site, after which ownership issues arose, forcing them to move the site further back into the farmlands.

The road was extended but more work still remains to be done, according to Croal. Croal said that shortly after another hindrance to the project arose with some residents, especially farmers raising their concerns through the Nouvelle/La Jalousie NDC, after which they filed an appeal to the Ministry of Local Government. This, he explained, prompted a visit to the community and site by the Minister of Local Government Norman Whittaker and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who consulted with the NDC Chairman and the concerned farmers. The decision coming out of the visit was that all work will be halted until the EPA completed its assessment on the environmental impact the landfill will have on the farmlands and water streams of the community. Croal made it clear that they are not moving ahead until all concerns are addressed.

When asked to indicate the estimated cost of the endeavour thus far and the expected cost for the entire project, Croal said he was unable to provide those figures. He referred Stabroek News to Regional Chairman Julius Faerber, who was unreachable up to yesterday afternoon.

Point person for the assessment from the EPA, according to Croal, was Geeta Singh. But when she was contacted, Singh said that the authorised person to speak to the media was the Director, Indarjit Ramdass, who subsequently stated that permission for him to speak to the media has to come from the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Meanwhile, Manager of Pooran Brothers Disposal Services Limited, Kaleshwar Pooran, confirmed that after the residents and farmers raised concerns over the landfill, the company was instructed by the Ministry of Local Government to halt construction as all stakeholders’ concerns are addressed. To date, the manager said, that they are in the dark as to what is going to be the outcome and he hopes that some light can be shed on the issue soon.

Latest in Local News


Tiwari pledged continuing support to PPP in March last year – Ramotar

Former President Donald Ramotar today released a letter written to him by the Head of BK Inc Brian Tiwari on March 23rd last year pledging continuing support to the PPP and best wishes for the then upcoming general elections.

default placeholder

Crane man shot after chopping wife, child to death

A man this morning chopped his wife and two-year-old child to death at Crane, West Coast Demerara and wounded his mother.

default placeholder

Brian Tiwarie blasts Ramotar administration over specialty hospital project

Businessman Brian Tiwarie yesterday rejected claims that his company had taken possession of containers belonging to the fired Specialty Hospital contractor and he accused the Donald Ramotar administration of grossly mismanaging the project.

The Kato school

Multimillion-dollar Kato school unsafe for children

The Kato Secondary School, which was constructed at a cost over hundreds of millions of dollars, remains unoccupied because it is not safe for children, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday.

default placeholder

Repairs underway to shifting Hope Canal bridge

There is a major structural fault with the $350m bridge constructed across the Hope Canal,  East Coast Demerara, according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who yesterday said the structure has repeatedly shifted away from the road.

default placeholder

National Assembly approves $800m in supplementary spending

After hours of deliberations, the National Assembly last night approved almost $800 million in extra-budgetary spending including on 6000 solar panels to “green” State House and an army exercise aimed at testing the preparedness of the Guyana Defence Force which was done last year.

default placeholder

Brian Tiwarie planning to establish newspaper

Prominent businessman and owner of BK International, Brian Tiwarie, is planning to open his own newspaper company here and has started the process.

default placeholder

Probe underway into stealth flights from Ogle

An inquiry has been launched into the circumstances surrounding how two planes left Guyana illegally from the Eugene F Correia International Airport (EFCIA) last Saturday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: