deserted: The Springvale Hindu Primary School which has been closed several times because of the smoke emanating from the Forres Park landfill in Claxton Bay. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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Suruj: Helpis coming

Residents affected by Forres Park landfill

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

LOCAL Government Minister Suruj Rambachan has said help is coming to residents of Springvale, Claxton Bay, affected by the smoke and smell coming from the nearby Forres Park landfill.

Rambachan said he was also holding discussions with the relevant agencies to introduce a recycling project to reduce the size of the landfill.

Residents in communities surrounding the landfill have complained of illness caused by the smoke, an annual occurrence.

They complained of nausea, vomiting, itching, burning eyes and headaches.

The nearby Springvale Hindu Primary School and Springvale Government Early Childhood Care Education Centre (ECCE) were shut down on several occasions, as pupils complained of feeling unwell. Rambachan said yesterday,

"We got the smoke abated and brought the fire under control.

We visited the constituency, the village on the weekend and took medical personnel out there on Saturday."

Rambachan said residents were invited to a meeting at the village community centre on Tuesday night.

"So we have been doing all that we can to control that situation. We are planning a consultation with the residents to see what more can be done.

It is an annual problem and has been causing a lot of health issues with the young and elderly," he said.

Rambachan said Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) officials were in the community daily and his ministry's long term plan was to reduce the size of the landfill.

"This is generally done by recycling. We have a meeting (today) to look at that kind of possibility," he said.

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