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Screen_Shot_2014-02-19_at_8.18.36_PMOn our newscast last night we reported on the initiative taken by a group of concerned residents living in the community of Consejo in the Corozal District. They have taken up the task of fixing portions of the Consejo Road which is currently in deplorable conditions. With that also comes finding a solution to the current dumpsite problem residents of the area face especially during the rainy season. As we have reported before whenever it rains the garbage flows on to the road which is prone to flooding. Both issues have become a must fix problem for residents and today when we arrived at the affected area, members of the Consejo Road Disaster Task Force were busy at work getting the job done. 

Victor Castillo – Reporting

An eight feet tall retaining berm constructed of white marl is being erected on this very spot as a barrier to avoid the spillage of bio hazard and garbage, which is currently contaminating approximately half a mile of the Consejo Road.

The work is being carried out by non- governmental organization Consejo Road Disaster Task Force which is commissioned by the Consejo Village Council.


The group, which was formed last year, decided to step up to the plate and lend a helping hand to the Ministry of Works and the Corozal Town Council in rehabilitating the Consejo Road but most importantly to build a much needed retaining wall at the dumpsite which has become a health hazard for the community. Today when we arrived in the area, members of C.R.D.T.F were busy at work.

Ervin Wade – Director of the C.R.D.T.F

“This is on our fourth phase which is to clean and to improve the dumpsite and to put a berm so as commuters passing to and from Consejo on the road to their agricultural farm or doing their real estate or going to visit the hotels or restaurants to the Consejo area, they will not have their eyes swore on seeing the filth of the dumpsite, so by us putting this berm; we’ll clean it up, we are going to landscape it with the help of the community.  The funds that we got to do this project were donated by the community themselves and with permission of the minister, Pablo Marin and the Mayor Campos, so we had a meeting with them and we decide to participate so participating with the government is showing how the community such as us should be successful in projects like this.”

According to CRDTF’s Director, Ervin Wade, Minister Pablo has given the organization his word that this would not be the only project carried out in area to alleviate the dumpsite problem.

Ervin Wade – Director of the C.R.D.T.F

“The minister promise us that they’re going to be dredging inside the area so most of the trash is going into that hole and it will also be covered up once it is filled, so this is the first part to put a barn or fence in front of it eight feet high and we are going to continue with this project and after we getting all about a week or two but for now the community of Consejo is showing that our main objective is to increase development in agriculture, tourism and real estate, and by focusing on this area on the roads that would bring some improvement to our community.”

The project is expected to be completed on Friday. Upon completion approximately 70 loads of white marl would have been used to erect the berm which will measure 8 feet in height and 17 feet 8 inches wide.

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