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Deal with this, Smith’s senior tells Govt

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Smith's parish resident Myrtle Durham was hardly impressed to find the overgrown trees she complained about last week cut down over the weekend.

The 85-year-old pensioner, upset by the potential danger posed on St Mark's Road by the overgrowth, appealed to the Ministry of Public Works to deal with it.

As it turns out, she said, a private resident cut down the trees.

“But they left the debris strewn along the roadside,” said Ms Durham.

“I made the discovery when my grandson showed up to cut down the trees for me. Whoever did it, did a terrible job. They left the debris and it's still there,” she said.

“I read the promise by the Minister of Public Works to address my concerns, they promised to come deal with it.

“No one from Public Works has been here to this day and I think it's deceitful to say they will do something and then not do it.

“I don't need to keep complaining but I want it done, I want it done properly, and I want it done regularly; not just once in a blue moon.

“I will be contacting my MP Cole Simons to tell him a piece of my mind because he's there to serve the people,” said Ms Durham.

When Ms Durham reaches her representative, he will hear another complaint regarding the illegal dumping of residential garbage at a nearby bus stop.

“It's disgusting to see people just dumping their trash next to the bench at a public bus stop,” said Ms Durham.

“A lot of tourists stop in this area to take pictures of the church and it's not good for our image as a tourist destination.

“I walk every morning towards Hamilton along the main road and everywhere you turn there's trash in the trees and the trees are growing out into the road.

“Anyone who cares about Bermuda knows it shouldn't be like this. I think people have lost their values — nobody seems to care about anything anymore.

“But I tell you what, unlike most, I'm not waiting around for somebody else to speak up like the rest, I'm speaking up and I want my concerns addressed.”

Last week, Public Works Minister Trevor Moniz said: “I have asked for this to be dealt with as soon as possible but the primary responsibility lies with the landowner who is liable to be invoiced.”

When contacted yesterday, area MP Mr Simons said: “I spoke to the constituent and gave her an assurance that Trevor and I will meet and have it addressed in accordance with the law.”

Unimpressed: Myrtle Durham (Photo by Akil Simmons)
Fed up: Smith's resident Myrtle Durham is angered by illegal dumping of residential trash at a bus stop.(Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated August 21, 2013 at 10:13 am)

Deal with this, Smith’s senior tells Govt

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