2013-09-25 Letter to Ministry of the Environment and Drainage

Wednesday September 25, 2013

The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of the Environment and Drainage
Pine North – South Road

Dear Sir

RE: Petition from Residents of Sion Hill, Saint James Requesting Authorities to Urgently Remedy Problems Created by Severe Flooding

I refer to my earlier letters dated 23rd October and 6th November, 2012 as well as 11th September, 2013 written to the Director, Drainage Division of your Ministry and copied to your office relative to the above-captioned issue.

I now enclose herewith a Petition from the residents of Sion Hill, Saint James on this matter. The residents hereby respectfully request the Drainage Division and any of the other government agencies responsible to urgently address and remedy what has become a nightmare in their lives whenever there is a heavy downpour of rain in their district.

My constituents in Sion Hill as well as in the other affected areas of Saint James North have reached a point of desperation. They are now living in the fear of their future livelihood and of the future integrity of their properties.

I sincerely hope that the relevant agencies of Government will treat this matter with the seriousness which it deserves. I am of course available to assist in any way possible and look forward to receiving your Ministry’s cooperation.

Yours faithfully,

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

cc. The Honourable Dr. Denis Lowe, M.P.
Minister of the Environment and Drainage

The Director, Drainage Division
Ministry of the Environment and Drainage

The Residents of Sion Hill, Saint James

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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.