Tweet LocalNews Salisbury MP cries for village road repair works by: Dominica Vibes News – July 14, 2015 Share 123 Views 7 comments A section of the Salisbury village roadParliamentary Representative for the Salisbury constituency Hector John is calling on the government to pay urgent attention to the village roads in that community.Residents of Salisbury blocked the public road in protest in May and June, preventing hundreds from commuting into the City or town and stoned police officers who intervened. Mr John told Dominica Vibes on Monday 13 July 2015 that Public Works Department commenced preparatory road repair works on the village roads since 5 and 6 February 2015 but have not returned since.“They left some holes in the village that they prepared for patching and they have not retuned since. No one has met us or corresponded with the people of Salisbury officially to say where they are or why they have not returned to repair the village roads,” John explained. Mr John, who claimed that some residents have sustained injuries due to deplorable road condition, said the situation needs urgent attention. “We have had serious concerns with people spraining their ankles and who have fell and messed up their faces because of the holes on the village roads”.“It is a serious concern that we have raised along with our farm access roads. We have heard some comments regarding the farm access road but nothing about our village roads and that is a concern for us as a community. We are asking for that just to ensure that the people of the community can maneuver safely on the roads,” Mr. John noted. Meanwhile John said although some work has started on the farm access road, the most critical areas have not been addressed. “As we heard on the radio that they are doing the shoulders, meaning the drains, I am hoping to go there and look at this myself”.“We welcome that but the culverts needs to be cleared, we’re in the rainy season right now and we expect a lot of rain and what we have been asking the government to do for the past years is to address the critical areas, we know we are expecting funding from BAM but there are some critical areas that needs to be addressed,” he said.According to Mr. John, if the farm access road remains in that condition for much longer, it could further affect production particularly in the hurricane season as “famers will not be able to access their farms if they do not address these critical areas”.“We need them to be able to take out their produce and to ensure that the quality of the produce is maintained,” Mr John said. Meanwhile, Caretaker of the Salisbury constituency Nichols ‘Shanks’ Esprit told Dominica Vibes that work on the village road will resume soon. “As per the village roads, we just received asphalt for the Salisbury village roads. We started repair works but we ran out of asphalt and now we have received asphalt so I expect to see work continuing on the Salisbury village roads very soon,” Mr Esprit informed.He informed that the estimate for the repair work on the Salisbury village road is “over seventy something thousand dollars”. Mr. Esprit, who is also the special projects coordinator in the Ministry for Agriculture, added that work is continuing on the Salisbury feeder roads. “The two contractors who are contracted to do shoulder blading are working, the last report I had it was about sixty percent complete. So just about forty percent of the shoulder blading works is missing to be completed, it should be completed, in their estimation, in the next two weeks,” This project, Esprit said, is costing the government over one hundred and eight thousand dollars. Additionally, he indicated that contracts for the concrete work has been signed and approved for the worst affected areas. “That means we will see concrete works in the four major areas, major meaning the worst affected areas and will start in the next week, two weeks, three weeks for the most,” he said. Mr. Esprit has dispelled rumors of work stoppage since the start of the project. “There is no stop and start phase from the time we started shoulder blading, we have never stopped. There is one contractor who stopped for a while but work continued all through and… even before the shoulder blading is completed we will be moving into the concrete work,” Mr. Esprit noted. Share Share Sharing is caring!