This stinks - Campbell Street residents cry foul at sewage overflow

May 03, 2017
Food shop owner Neville Bernard wants the problem remedied for good.
Foul-smelling water breaches the asphalt and runs along Campbell Street.

Residents and business operators along Campbell Street in central Kingston are frustrated by what they consider a lack of effort that authorities are putting into fixing a manhole from which water containing faeces and blood flows.
They blame a company located close to the area for the sewage. Lorraine Millwood, who operates The Legend Wholesale and Liquor Store in the area, says she has been faced with the problem ever since she moved to the area in 1977.
“A years this thing a gwaan. Mi tired a it now, man. It mek me feel sick. Some bad feelings inna me belly. Me go up deh and all them say, go to the doctor and whatsoever, carry the bill come give them,” she said.

Various authorities

After making numerous complaints to various authorities, she says that little or no attention is paid to her grievances.
“When me go up deh (the company) all the while, them only want me fi talk to the security. Mi no need fi talk to the security, mi need fi talk to who in charge,” she said.
She says that the problem has become so bad that at times, she is forced to close her business.
“If you look innna it, sometimes yu see bloody water, yu see faeces, yu see everything. Mi sell fruits and yu see as long as it a run, the people them nah stop. Sometime a the liquor we have fi lock up from early because a the scent,” she said.

Adversely affected

Neville Bernard, the co-owner of Bernard’s Catering, says that his business has been adversely affected so much that sometimes he has been forced to close his doors.
“People turn away sometimes and it is not healthy for us,” he said. “I have not been here two years yet and people who live here long time say it is coming from (the company). From I am here, they came here three times and release the water and shortly after that, just a day or two, it starts back and it’s pure blood and stuff like that coming from it,” Bernard said.
Clifton Bennett, the owner of Save A Shoe shoemaker repair shop, says that he has also been affected.
“From me move come here, this affect me but this one a gwaan from the middle a the month. Sometime it out fi wash weh the car. If the water did clean, sometime me woulda swim fi go inna the car a evening time,” he said.
Member of Parliament for the area, Ronald Thwaites, said that he has had no reports of the problem, however, he noted that communities in and around the vicinity of the company have made complaints in the past.
Efforts to get a representative from the company were unsuccessful up to press time.

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