Cumber Avenue gets a facelift

Residents in the district of Bodden Town were very pleased last Saturday to see major clean-up taking place in the area.

Fulfilling their promise to residents to make Bodden Town a district to be proud of, the Bodden Town Beautification Committee, in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation, was on the job.

Getting an early make-over was a government-owned vacant lot and surrounding area on Daffodil Street and Cumber Avenue.

For a number of years residents in the area had been seeking to have the property cleaned up as it posed a potential health hazard. Debris left behind by Hurricane Ivan and residents using it as a dumping ground had made it even more unsightly.

‘Finally after a number of years it was been taken care of,’ said one resident

From early Saturday morning until late at night, an excavator made light work of fallen trees, wood, zinc and other household debris, which was then toted away by a number of dump trucks.

The swampy area even got some rock fill and there was a promise to residents from field supervisor Telford Miller to have the whole lot filled in so that residents in the area could utilise the property.

Also visiting the site was Public Works Minister Arden McLean, along with National Roads Authority senior supervisor Leighton Dixon. Mr. McLean met with residents who voiced appreciation at the work being done.

Beautification chairperson Heather Bodden said: ‘We are appealing to every person within our district to get in on this clean-up effort.

‘We want each one to take pride and responsibility for their own yards and properties to get them cleaned up.

‘This is not just for now; we want it to be a long term thing.

‘I am asking people to be more responsible for the garbage by putting it in proper garbage cans, and receptacles. People using grocery bags will not be accepted any longer.

‘We need to clean up not just for ourselves but for the visitors that come to the island every year,’ said Ms Bodden, who has always been an advocate in keeping the district clean.

‘Hurricane season is upon us and we are trying to get all the debris picked up as fast as possible so that it does not become a hazard,’ said Ms Bodden.

She said the role of committee members was to identify yards that were not properly kept and report it to the Environmental Health Department for further assistance.

To get in contact with this group, persons in the community may call Heather Bodden on 916-3574 or Telford Miller 926-0251.

This offer is also open to persons who have old derelict cars in their yards. To have them removed call Manni Myles on 916-8618.

Pullout:

‘We need to clean up not just for ourselves but for the visitors that come to the island every year.’

– Heather Bodden, Beautification Chairperson

Works Minister Arden McLean, along with National Roads Authority senior supervisor Leighton Dixon, left, resident Randolph Levy, back, and beautification field supervisor Telford Miller (behind Mr. McLean) oversee the clean-up in Cumber Avenue. Photos: Jewel Levy

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