Are some more equal?
I make reference to Area Q, Turkeyen, which is bordered to the north by the Railway Embankment, east by the UG entrance road, west by the Caricom Secretariat and south by the Teachers’ Training College. The residents in this area have been subjected to the use of one of the most deplorable access roads in this country for years. Many representations have been made to the city councils, under whose jurisdictions this area falls, and the Ministry of Works to no avail.
Daily, we have been seeing ads being placed in the newspapers inviting tenders for the repairs and rehabilitation of roads in many and all parts of this coastland, except the area where we live. The residents of this area pay to the city between $30,000 and $40,000 per year for rates and taxes. All that we receive is the collection of garbage.
We feel that there is either of two reasons, or both, why this road is not being repaired. One is the presence of a resident in this area, who is a staunch critic of the government, and who in his own right is entitled to the freedom to express his views and opinions.
The other is the residents’ petitioning a few years ago the Court to block a few very senior government officers from acquiring the land that currently occupies the playground. The residents’ petitioning was to avoid the violation of the city by-laws which makes provision for a playground in any community.
The residents wish to appeal to the government to not allow pettiness to obscure its responsibility to treat all citizens as equal, if not it will be obvious that the residents of Pradoville One, who are blessed with asphaltic roads, are more equal than the residents of Area Q, Turkeyen.
Resident of Area Q, Turkeyen