Saunders: New landfill will improve constituents’ lives
Tall Pines MP Don Saunders said yesterday that he expects the redevelopment of the New Providence Landfill, which saw a major milestone met on Friday, to significantly improve the lives of his constituents.
The dump has been a persistent issue for residents in the constituency.
Most notably, in 2017, a fire at the landfill burned for three weeks and blanketed major portions of New Providence with smoke. The fire threatened several neighboring homes and became a major issue during the 2017 general election.
“Obviously, this is a very important issue for the people of Tall Pines, particularly because the landfill lies in the constituency, and because of the history of fires and smell and other environmental issues that directly impact Tall Pines, particularly Jubilee Gardens and Victoria Gardens and Fire Trail Road area,” Saunders said.
“So we’re very happy to see finally…that we would have brought some resolution to the issue.”
However, he emphasized that the government will continue to monitor the site to ensure that the conditions continue to improve according to plan.
“Not because the management has taken over, and these things have happened, means that we would not continuously be monitoring what’s going on,” he said.
In February, the government signed an agreement with New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP), which comprises WRDG and Providence Advisors, for a $45 million multi-phased redevelopment of the New Providence Landfill.
NPEP Chairman Kenwood Kerr has said the landfill will be converted into “a purposefully engineered landfill and material recovery facility” featuring a park.
Kerr said his company’s primary goal is to eradicate the occurrence of fires at the dump.
The government officially handed over the keys of the New Providence Landfill to Providence Advisors and Waste Resources Development Group (WRDG) on Friday.
“If you visit the dump today, you would see a totally different environment, 100 percent different,” said Saunders.
He touted increased security measures and the implementation of proper emergency procedures, including on-site fire fighting equipment, as important measures in reducing the likelihood of fires at the landfill.
“I’m very happy to see that we’ve gotten to this point,” he said.
Saunders said he hopes to have a town hall meeting with NPEP soon to further discuss the impact of the landfill redevelopment on his constituency.