Belize City Council to assist Monkey River in erosion problem Print E-mail
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Written by By Jem Smith   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

On Wednesday, April 19, the Belize City council hosted a consultation to discuss the matter of erosion which is currently affecting the residents of Monkey River. Councillor Phillip Willoughby spearheaded the interview.

Willoughby empathized with the residents of the village that are being affected by the regrettable effects of erosion and explained that the council is prepared to help. He explained that on May 1st, the council will be hosting its annual clean up campaign. In an effort to assist the village, the council is urging citizens, bus owners, mechanics, motorists, and tire repair and garage shops to give any derelict or used tires toward the initiative. The tires can be deposited at the transfer station or the council may be contacted to receive the tires. It is the hope of the council that a substantial amount of tires can be collected by the start of the May 1st campaign.

The councillor described the project as “two-fold”, an effort to relieve the city of an ongoing problem and also to better prepare for the fast approaching rain/hurricane season. Often, tires serve as water catching areas or breeding grounds for mosquito and to help to decrease those issues, the tires will be put to better use at the Monkey River village in an attempt to mitigate their problem of erosion.

Once collected, the tires, with the blessing of Mayor Bradley, will be transferred to the chairman of the village, Mr. Williams. The tires will be used to build a remedial wall to aid in the mitigation against further erosion of the coastline. The council understands that this methodology is short term and will continue to do its best to improve and revise this method to have an even more lasting effect. While the council will consult with their engineers, they are also open to receiving technical expertise to complement their efforts.

Mayor Bradley has agreed to personally go to the village to develop a dialogue in terms of what the Belize City council can do to assist. Much like the canal situation in the Yarborough area in Belize city, a long term solution to the problem of erosion would require an assessment by the Department of the Environment.