Opposition Senator Shevern John is calling on the government to speed up plans to stop burning tyres at Rabacca.
In December 2022, Minister of Health St. Clair Jimmy Prince, responding in Parliament to a question from John, said the government will set up a tyre-shredding facility at Argyle.
John had asked if there were any plans to discontinue the practice of burning tyres at Rabacca and whether or not there were plans to undertake any environmental studies to ascertain the effects of that type of pollution.
Prince had said BRAGSA, a state agency, had a contract to construct the tyre shredding facility at Escape, Argyle and approximately one acre of land had been purchased to accommodate the shredder.
But one year later, the facility is yet to be constructed and the burning of tyres continues at Rabacca.
Speaking during the estimates debate on Dec. 21, John noted that only EC$10 has been allocated to the trye-shredding project next year.
“There is a completion date of 2026, [which] means that that project has some delay or something,” the opposition senator said.
“It is of great importance that we have this tyre shredding facility. If you go up to Rabacca on some days when they’re burning tyres there, you will not want to see that site. Black smoke in the air. You can stay at Byera and see that smoke and a number of persons have been complaining about it,” John told Parliament.
“So, I was hoping when I saw it last year in the estimates that it could have been completed by this time around but apparently not. So, we have to endure that pollution for another year.”
John said she has spoken to many people who are concerned that the polluted smoke may get into the waterways.
“So, persons are concerned and I do hope that we work on that as quickly as possible,” John said.