More than 20 families living at Retirement dump

July 31, 2018
Retirement dump

The 22 families currently living at the Retirement dump in St James will be relocated.

Desmond McKenzie, the local government minister, said on Monday that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has started negotiations with a government entity to secure lands to assist in the relocation of persons living at the St. James facility.

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IN PHOTO: Desmond McKenzie

“They occupy an area of the dump where all the fires have occurred,” said McKenzie, while explaining the need for their relocation.

McKenzie said that said the NSWMA had to spend more than $12 million to extinguish two recent fires at the Retirement dump.

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“The administration is cognisant that there has to be a human side to our response. While we do not want to legitimise the illegal activities, we cannot ignore the fact that if these people are to be relocated, then we should play a part in helping in the relocation,” he said.

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