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A Somerset resident claims nothing effective is being done about known drug spots and that dumped trash has been allowed to pile up.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said the Scott's Hill Road area in Sandys was grappling with what she calls the four Ds: dirty, dangerous, disgraceful and dumping.

Area MP Michael Scott said the resident is “not alone” in her concerns about trash, derelict cars, and drugs. “Other residents share her concerns as I indeed do,” he said.

The woman led

The Royal Gazette on a tour of the area. She said she has seen young men hanging around certain properties selling drugs and that graffiti and trash were visible on the roadside for weeks at a time.

She added that garbage shouldn't have to be dealt with by trash collectors “who are doing the best job possible”.

With three schools in the area the woman said she was concerned for children. It was also an eyesore for visitors to the Island, she said.

“What tourist wants to walk up from the ferry and see the so-called ‘beautiful Bermuda'?”

She said the issue had been going on for the past five years. “I feel there isn't a coordinated responsibility. No-one knows who to report it to or who is responsible for the area.”

She also questioned whether appropriate punishments were being given to offenders.

Mr Scott, who also lives a few minutes' drive from Scott's Hill Road, said “excellent” progress was being made in removing derelict cars and bikes.

He said it usually took a note to the TCD directorship, who are “most skilled” and “adroit” in their response, to haul abandoned vehicles.

He said he made a request about a car on Cambridge Road and it was removed earlier this month.

“Trash clean-ups are the solution to roadside trash. When on private property the best solution is a direct appeal to the owner. This process of approaching the Scott's Hill property is under way.

“Drugs interdiction is for the police and public working together to assist the police with information not unlike your correspondent.”

Melvyn Bassett, managing director of community centre Sandys 360, said there were certain pockets of the community which had been “neglected”, despite complaints lodged to relevant authorities.

He said the Somerset Parish Council, of which he is a member, has complained about the state of the roads in the West End including East Shore Lane “which hasn't been paved in 20 years”.

Dr Bassett said: “From time to time the Somerset Parish Council has participated in a Saturday morning clean-up. There are organisations that try to do their part, but we need to do a lot more to make young people in the community more conscious of the fact it is everyone's responsibility.”

Dr Bassett said that Sandys 360's recreational and spirit-building activities were aiming “to be a light” in the area.

By keeping their own facilities spotless and teaching youth in their afterschool programme about healthy living and wellness, the club is hoping to be a positive outlet, he said.

A Police spokesman said there was a Western Community Action Team set up to deal with similar concerns.

These officers “work with the public as well as relevant agencies where necessary to address neighbourhood concerns like the ones highlighted.

“Anyone with specific concerns regarding areas in the western parishes is encouraged to contact Inspector Mark Clarke or Sergeant Michelle Simons at the Somerset Police Station on 234-1010.”

Eyesore: Area residents have expressed concerns about pockets along Scott's Hill Road in Somerset that have trash, derelict cars and other problems.
Eyesore: A derelict car and trash is in plain view to residents and passersby on Scott's Hill Road in Somerset. One resident is trying to get something done to clean up the community.

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Published March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am (Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:24 am)

Eyesore areas getting worse, complains Somerset resident

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