The following was received from a citizen who has a deep concern for the environment.
The images above are of the sluice gate and canal at Graeme Hall taken in early February 2013 . The sluice gate has operated infrequently during the last ten years under both Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour (DLP) administrations.
Since the 2008 election not only has the gate not been repaired or replaced but the walls of the canal have collapsed on the western side. The reason for this is that since the gate does not function, heavy duty equipment is used to remove sand from inside the canal and in front of the gate to allow water to flow out and then replaced to block the flow of water.
Why in the last five years has the Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage under Dr. Denis Lowe’s leadership, been unable to repair or replace the sluice gate so that it can function and be used to manage the flow of water in and out out of the wetland?
Absolutely no repair or maintenance has taken place in the last five years and the situation has been allowed to deteriorate to the state shown in the pictures.