2013-04-03 Environmental Protection Department

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Wednesday April 3, 2013

The Director of Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection Department
Ministry of Environment and Drainage
NUPW Headquarters Complex
Dalkeith, ST. MICHAEL

Dear Sir / Madam

I write this letter on behalf of my constituents of Upper Mount Standfast, Saint James.

I attach hereto a copy of the letter dated 27th February this year which many of them have written to me drawing my attention, inter alia, to a health hazard existing in their neighbourhood.

They further inform that around three (3) years ago the Ministry of Health placed a notice on the property on which the mentioned derelict house is situate, calling on its owner to clean up the property and its environs. Nothing has been done to so clear the property or to demolish the house. The notice was removed, allegedly by the person responsible for the property.

I am also informed that the property may be owned by a Ms. Carmen Johnson-Hewitt (Barbados ID# 5705070083), who lives overseas. No one has resided on the property for the last ten (10) years.

I kindly request your Department, or any other relevant Government agency, to investigate this matter and to remedy this nuisance to my constituents in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Edmund G. Hinkson, M.P.
Member of Parliament – St. James North

CC. Principal Environmental Health Officer
Maurice Byer Polyclinic

Maurice Gaskin
Senior Environmental Health Officer
Vector Control Unit

Residents of Upper Mt. Standfast

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Edmund "Eddie" Hinkson is an attorney-at-law residing in Waterhall Terrace, St. James. The husband of Beverly and father of Erica and Gregory, he has an outstanding record as a community leader. He has been a member of the Lions Club of Bridgetown for the past 24 years and has the honours of being named the Best President of the Lions Clubs in the Caribbean District 60B and of serving as the Lions Clubs Leader of Barbados. Eddie has been a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Salvation Army for the past 5 years. He has also served as a member of the Council of St. Johns Ambulance Association, the Association of the Blind and Deaf and of the Council for the Disabled. Eddie has been a sub-committee chairman of the Small Business Association and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A member of the Lawn Tennis Association and the Paragon Tennis Club, he has sponsored cricket, football and netball tournaments, provided prizes at school speech days, assisted churches with outreach and mentorship programmes, provided food vouchers to needy persons and helped in finding solutions to constituency issues relating to land. In government, he served as Chairman of the National Conservation Commission and the Severance Payments Tribunal, Deputy Chairman of the National Housing Corporation, the National Advisory Committee on Disabilities and the Building Advisory Committee as well as a Director of the National Cultural Foundation, a Member of Consumer Claims Tribunal, Income Tax Appeal Board and the Harrison College Board of Management. Internationally, Edmund is an officer of the International Bar Association, a member of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and a member of International Who’s Who of Professionals.