The problem of poor garbage collection and sanitation in the Constituency of the City of Bridgetown is a perennial problem. It requires a long term solution and not just one-off clean-ups in which most politicians engage during election season.The problem does not emanate from the fact that the garbage is never collected it emanates from the fact that because of the dense population of the City an because of the many people who traverse the City more garbage is generated than in other areas in Barbados.
The solution is that the City needs more frequent garbage collection. It also requires scheduled times for the removal of bulk waste instead of dumping it in the open spaces. More than that however the City can be one of the first areas to be engaged in a recycling programme in order to reduce the amount of garbage which goes to the land fill. This would be also consistent with our programme for growing more food in the City and greening the City.
The City of Bridgetown is not the only place in the world to suffer from flooding. The Netherlands which started to address flooding seriously from 1953 has land on which people are happily living which is below sea level. If it were not for the interventions of the Dutch Government 60% of the land would be under water.
Within Barbados we have built more homes and buildings, we have a denser road network and Barbadians are choosing to put down concrete around their homes to avoid garden maintenance. There is therefore greater run off with which to contend. However there are various solutions to mitigate the situation. One of the most important is water capture. This is particularly critical as Barbados also has a problem with water scarcity, especially for farming. Every Barbadian will be encouraged through incentives to install water capture mechanisms and other flood mitigation techniques.
Ultimately we would like to create a Smart City. This is a City which has mitigated all of the difficult problems and is well on its way to becoming the special place that it has been traditionally. When this is the case more businesses and jobs would be generated in the City. We see the City as the place which must lead the New Economy in Barbados. With a City cleaned up and looking its best with the difficult problems solved and a fresh coat of paint we would then be in a position to attract fresh customers from Barbados, the region and the world.
Barbados must have for its Capital all of those conveniences that modern cities have. These include clean public toilet facilities, access to free wifi, green spaces sporting and recreational facilities which are easily accessible to the public. We will create a smart eco-friendly City for Barbados.