New Cemetery in the making
If all goes well, a new cemetery will soon be established since many have been calling for the resuscitation of Le Repentir Cemetery. Deputy Mayor Robert Williams, in a recent interview with this newspaper said that a Barbados Investor has expressed interest in the establishment of a new cemetery.
Williams explained that the facility would include a crematorium site, a mortuary, a chapel and a large burial ground. However he noted that the only challenge they are faced with is that the investor is asking for a new plot of land to work with.
“The plot of land investor is requesting is all the way in Turkeyen,” Williams said.
He added that the Council is considering the idea and has since written to the Government for the land.
For the longest while Le Repentir Cemetery has been a major area of concern to many who have been calling on the relevant authorities to do something about the conditions.
On Thursday last the Mayor and City Council, which has full responsibility for the cemetery, held a meeting with citizens and other major stakeholders to discuss the way forward with the cemetery. During the meeting several suggestions were made and will be looked at. The Deputy Mayor said one added reason why they are considering the investor’s idea is because it will cost too much to restore Le Repentir Cemetery.
“In addition Le Repentir Cemetery is almost filled already…” Williams added.
In the meantime, Williams said the Council would continue to work on the cemetery to keep it manageable. Le Repentir Cemetery is filled with over grown bushes and has been deemed a safe haven for criminals.
Additionally, over the past four years, the mortuary has not been in operation.
The Mortuary, which was once operated by the Ministry of Health and the Georgetown Public Hospital, was handed over to the Mayor and City Council.
Within recent times it has been partly destroyed by vandals. A new building was however constructed but to date it has not been put to use. Persons working in the Cemetery have been complaining about the non-functional mortuary, which has been of great inconvenience to them. From time to time decomposing human remains are dumped and left at the gate of the mortuary for days before being buried.
It is hoped that with the new cemetery, which is in the pipeline, this situation will be remedied.