Mess infuriates minister

A mess left on the streets of George Town over the weekend by trucks hauling sand from the cargo port has left Minister of Infrastructure Arden McLean fuming.

‘It’s ridiculous,’ he said. ‘We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure George Town looks better and this is what happens.’

Mr. McLean said his ministry was able to determine the truck that caused the mess was owned by Thompson Shipping.

‘I spoke with [Thompson Shipping’s Bing Thompson] and he’s going to try to deal with it immediately, but that’s not all that I expect,’ he said.

Sand was left strewn on South Church Street; Cardinall Avenue and Shedden Road, some of it in small piles, and some in patches flattened by passing vehicles.

Mr. McLean said the mess was even more problematic because the National Road’s Authority’s street sweeper vehicle is under repair.

[Aggregate and sand] importers must take care of their vehicles,’ he said. ‘Some of them have tailgates that are not sealing properly; others are overloading their vehicles.

‘It’s time we start prosecuting those who do this.’

Mr. McLean said it was lucky there were no cruise ships in town Monday.

‘Tourists would have had a dim view of this country,’ he said. ‘We’re trying to keep George Town clean no only to facilitate residents, but tourists as well.’

The Cayman Islands imports much of the aggregate and sand needed for construction and land filling. The materials come in at the cargo dock in George Town and are then trucked to various locations on Grand Cayman.

A report from a study conducted by the engineering, construction and operations firm CH2M Hill in 2002 recommended Grand Cayman develop infrastructure away from the George Town area to facilitate large aggregate-hauling barges. Instead, the government has proposed a plan to build a cargo dock about a half-mile north of central George Town.