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#473068 - 09/21/13 11:56 AM A CRY FOR HELP FROM CONSEJO SHORES
Marty Offline

A resident of Consejo Shores, located about 7 – 8 miles from Corozal Town, called us this afternoon to inform us that the Consejo Shores road is under 1 – 2 feet of water, and that every year for the last three or so years, the road has been flooded, leaving residents in a terrible situation.

Consejo Shores is a retirement community mainly inhabited by foreigners, some of whom have been here for years, who pay a large sum of money to live in the area, we are told.

We are told that many residents can’t get out of the community to buy the necessary foodstuffs, fuel and other necessities, and furthermore, garbage from the dump is floating for miles on the road and children can’t get to school. When the rains finally quit, the water takes 4 – 5 days to recede to the point where the road is usable again.

The resident, who has been in Belize since 2003, said that the road should have been fixed about eight years ago, but the money has always disappeared, used for other things, and the residents have been left to punish with the yearly floods and the terrible inconvenience of being stranded if they don’t have a very high vehicle to try to traverse the road.

According to The Corozal Daily, Consejo Shores is part of a greater community: “The Consejo communities comprise Consejo Village, Wagner’s Landing, Consejo Shores Development, Maya Seaside, Buccaneer Bay, Casa Bay, in addition to our cane farmers and numerous locals who work as builders, yard help, housekeepers and caretakers and who commute to town on a daily basis. Consejo Village includes a Custom’s Post. The Community has one hotel (Casa Blanca).

“Between Corozal and Consejo there are several new housing developments Royal Colony Estates, Tree of Cortez, the Oasis and a Hotel (Serenity Sands). The rural area of Consejo produces fruits, vegetables and sugar cane drawing water from the local water table. The population of the community comprises Belizean nationals and foreign nationals who have either come to retire in Belize or stay there for up to 6 months of the year (‘snowbirds’).”

The Corozal Daily adds that “The Consejo community has grown in size over the last 10 years and now represents a significant, dependable, tax base for the Government of Belize and contributor to Belize’s Gross Domestic Product by remittances from abroad paying for local goods, services, utilities, construction materials. Significant numbers of local Belizeans are employed in these communities in maintenance and construction tasks.”

Amandala


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#473323 - 09/25/13 11:04 AM Re: A CRY FOR HELP FROM CONSEJO SHORES [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
CONSEJO-COROZAL ROAD BIOHAZARD DISASTER

by Richard J. Zambito
Dear Editor,

Heavy rains are causing serious flooding in Consejo Community located in the Corozal Distinct of northern Belize. As in years past, flooding has left hundreds of residents in this community unable to travel to town unless they have four-wheel drive vehicles.

Since this is the only road to nearby Corozal Town, it poses very serious concerns about food, medical needs, drinking water, and other necessary supplies. Noxious spillage from the local government garbage dump is bringing biohazard materials onto the road and is posing very serious health and environmental issues.

The biohazards spilling onto the road are known to contain mercury, heavy metals, various poisons, blood borne infectious materials, human waste, dead animal carcasses, and more into the waters covering the road and surrounding areas.

Last week, school children were stranded on stuck school busses for long periods of time near the bio hazardous dump. Workers trying to get to their jobs in Consejo have been seen walking and riding bicycles through these dangerously infected waters.

Many vehicles have been stuck in hidden sink-holes. As the high waters recede, that will only bring more problems with the deep mud and exposed sink holes and remaining bio hazardous materials that will continue to endanger travellers.

Regular travellers of the approximately 7-mile road say that the road is once again failing to withstand the heavy traffic it now carries as it is.It has a long history of being poorly constructed using less than road grade materials. The road invariably floods in the rainy season making it regularly impassable for many.

Consejo Village Council members wish to draw urgent nationwide attention to the continuing health and safety issues and neglected conditions on the only road between Corozal Town and Consejo.

Reliable sources have informed the Consejo Village Council that European Union funds previously contributed for Consejo Road upgrade in years past have been redirected over to other projects, and the Consejo Road project continually neglected.

Efforts are underway by the Consejo Village Council to escalate awareness of the seriousness of the regular biohazard flooding on Consejo Road up to both national and international levels in hopes of receiving committed financial assistance to rectify this continuing disaster.

Richard J. Zambito,
Secretary for Consejo Village Council

Amandala

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#473562 - 09/28/13 11:58 AM Re: A CRY FOR HELP FROM CONSEJO SHORES [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

DEMO CZL Addresses Dump-site Problem

Another cause for concern is the dump site on the Consejo road used primarily by residents of Consejo Village. The incessant rains experienced during the past few days have not only caused the road to be left in such terrible conditions but also the dump site. The dumpsite filled with garbage, chemicals, and carcasses was found flooded due to the heavy downpours, and that definitely raised health concerns for both residents and the Corozal NEMO officials.

We asked Willard Levy this morning for an update as to how the hazards from dumpsite is being addressed.

Willard Levy, Coordinator, NEMO Corozal

“In terms of the dump site, that is still posing a little treat, in the sense of health hazard, what we are actually doing is trying to make the ministry of health address that concern along with the ministry of works. Dumping of the garbage is done elsewhere right now, at first you may be aware that it was dump at the Dominguez Layout, but that only occurred for one day, the Town Council has diverted on that and has identified an area on the Consejo road but away from the existing dump site because of the hazard, they are dumping right now, until that dump site you know dries off a little so that the ministry of works and the Town council could work along to re do it and get it ready to utilize but at this point they are not using it and garbage is being dump elsewhere it is not on the concern site no.”

Irvin Aragon – Reporter

“What are the health hazard concerns of the residence of Consejo at this point in time and the wider community of Corozal and those living nearby in terms of health risks that maybe generated because of that?”

Willard Levy, Coordinator, NEMO Corozal

“Well, it is number of hazards that you have in that area, you have to deal with the mosquitos, the dengue that is going around, because you have to bear in mind that a lot of different materials are dumped in that area, in terms of chemicals, in terms of carcasses and all kind of stuff so it is numerous amount of health hazards that it has and that is the reason why we are putting a serious concern on that to divert from that area and allowed the ministry of health to address that and the ministry of works so that we don’t have this kind of treats, the people of Consejo they are very much concern not only because of the health hazard but of the stench that they have to take as it goes along but dumping garbage has always been a problem especially in the Consejo area this is not something that is new it is something that has been occurring and so far nothing has been done which I hope that with this we get some kind of positive response as to addressing this serious garbage concern.”

While the location for dumping garbage has been changed, the health risks still remain at the old dump site. However, in order for any work to be carried out in the old dump site the water most recede so as to avoid the birth of any diseases.

CTV3


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