Monday, August 9, 2010

They Built Their Fancy Golf & Country Club Under A Rubbish Dump - Now Sandy Lane Is Complaining About The Smell. Well, Duh!



“Just below the communities of Arch Hall
and Bennetts in St. Thomas, the Sandy Lane
Country Club today added its voice to the
concerns about the recent worsening of the stench from
the Mangrove Pond Landfill.

Golf and country club manager, Elvis Medford told
Barbados TODAY this afternoon that they too have
been concerned by what they believe is an intensification of
the stench of garbage from the dump.

“Basically what we find is that there are some days when
the smell from the dump is a lot stronger, like for example
when there is a heavy turn over of garbage at the landfill.
We are directly down wind and being directly down wind
the smell is very strong. We have a restaurant and it can be
very annoying at time when it is full of people.”

The manager explained that they have had to employ
their people skills in explaining to their customers, some
of whom are very wealthy visitors, about the smells they
encounter while lunching there.

“It is never easy having to explain the smell from day
to day. What we try to do is, see what we can do to
explain the smell to them. So we try to use more pleasant
fragrances in cleaning and mopping some areas. We put
some sweet smelling stuff in the actual water so it takes
away some of the foul odor that comes from the dump,”
said Medford, adding that they have also seen an increase in
flies at the restaurant as well.

He noted though that he could not lay the blame for the
flies totally at the foot of the dump, but that they at the
club have had to look at their own practices and to boost
what they were doing in terms of keeping their surfaces
clean.

“We can’t blame it all on the landfill because some of it
is also pretty much your own hygiene ... if you have dirty
surfaces they will tend to attract more flies. So we have to
be on top of that, and naturally in the rainy time you see
much more flies around. As a result we have to clean much
more often.”

Similar to the residents, the manager said Sandy Lane’s
management has made its position and challenges with
regard to the smell known to the managers of the dump,
the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA). He acknowledged
that the residents in neighbouring communities would feel
the effects of the dump, which he believes is getting bigger.

“It is not just a problem for us but the Arch Hall
community and in some cases the smell itself is experienced
much further down wind and when you look at it, the
landfill has actually grown taller.

“It is the first time in my experience that I have seen
such. It is just getting taller and taller, so obviously it is
getting bigger. Then sometimes you get the odd fires and
that is not a good experience either. So there is heavy
smoke and sometimes it can burn for days. So I am sure
that there are residents, some of whom are asthmatics or
whatever the case may be, who would have concerns that
they would have expressed and made known.”

Among the other challenges, he said, was that the dump
trucks which use the Bennetts Road as a route to the
landfill, sometimes left rubbish behind in the roads, as some
of them travel at terrific speeds. He said they have had to
have the grounds staff clearing the road of refuse that fell
from some of the trucks. According to Medford, it was in
their interest not to leave it on the road, which runs
between the golf course and is the direct route to the
country club where customers come to eat.

Additionally, he said, another growing concern was that
of seepage and “what happens when it goes into the water
course [as] that too could have some bearing on our product.””

Source: Barbados Today 080910 p.30

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2 comments:

  1. "The implementation of new technologies at the Mangrove Pond Landfill could reopen the way for the long dormant billion dollar Sandy Lane Villas project to finally get off the ground.

    That’s because reports now indicate that while the construction of a new cell should shortly get underway at the Mangrove, St. Thomas dump, new procedures should see a near elimination in the smells that are traditionally associated with the landfill, as well as a reduction in waste going to the site.

    Minister of Environment Denis Kellman confirmed to Barbados TODAY that they were in the process of awarding the contract for the construction of the cell at Mangrove, but added that this site would be high tech.

    “We will have a leachate project and a separation project. That means that a lot of the smell that you would normally get from the old landfill you would not get at the new site,” he said, adding that these processes were not used in the previous cells.

    The approximately $3 billion Sandy Lane Villas project was put on hold some years ago when then general manager of the luxury resort, Michael Davern remarked that it was contingent on a decision being made on the landfill.

    He had said at the time that diners and golfers at the plus Golf and Country Club were assaulted some days by the smells emanating from the landfill, and with plans to built $10 million villas on the Green Monkey Golf course, they could not proceed unless they were assured that villa owners would not encounter the same problem.

    “[W]e know that while the problem persists we can’t run the risk of offering a single lot for sale and then end up with a lawsuit that could stall the entire project,” Davern had said in a published report.

    Though efforts to reach Sandy Lane’s owners and management today did not provide any additional details on the project’s future up to this evening, two senior managers at the property noted that they were unaware of the proposed project as it had not been discussed in some years.

    The original plans for the project indicated that it would have been 111 luxury villas on more than 280 acres of land, costing US$10 million and upward, and including more than an acre of land in some instances. Reports also suggested at the time that had this project been successful, it would have been the single largest investment of its kind in the island then..."

    Read more: http://j.mp/hLRK6a
    by Latoya Burnham
    latoyaburnham@barbadostoday.bb

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  2. NOT SO FAST...

    "Top management at Sandy Lane Resorts are sticking firm to a decision that no development will commence on its villas project until the Mangrove Pond Landfill is closed.

    This was communicated this morning to Barbados TODAY following queries yesterday about the status of the project in light of Government's decision to construct a new cell at the dump, which it says could eliminate the decades-old challenge of noxious odours from its St. Thomas facility.

    General manager Robert Logan stated this morning, "I kindly advise that Sandy Lane will not be able to commence any development until the landfill is closed."

    At the same time, Minister of the Environment Denis Kellman is stating that once cell four's construction is completed, cell three, currently in operation will be capped.

    That process, the minister told this newspaper should enable the nearby residents as well as golfing enthusiasts who frequent the Sandy Lane Golf and Country Club's facilities to breathe easier because of the technologies being employed.

    Asked about this newest decision by Sandy Lane, the minister stated that he could do nothing about the stance taken by the five-diamond resort, but noted that on his end his ministry was doing everything possible to ensure the comfort of those downwind of the facility.

    "When one considers how long it takes to make such a project livable, things could change. You don't get up one morning and have a house you can live in," said the minister, hinting that by the time the villas project was completed the smells could well be only a memory.

    "Once cell four is done that should not be an issue. We are seeking to ensure that all the problems are dealt with but we will go ahead with plans on our end," Kellman maintained.

    "What we are doing is embarking on projects to eliminate the problems..."

    Read more: http://j.mp/h4LB8k

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