Community unites to clear 110,000 pounds of waste from Pembroke lot – The Royal Gazette

Created: Sep 23, 2022 8:00 AM

Tons of trash have been removed from an empty Pembroke lot as part of a community effort to improve a Curving Avenue neighborhood.

Traci Burgess, executive director of Keep Bermuda Beautiful, said more than 110,000 pounds of rubbish, debris, trash and recyclables were hauled from the King’s Court grounds during a three-day cleanup this month- this.

Ms Burgess said: ‘It was about a dozen loads of heavy debris that were trucked in. On top of that we did several trips to Tynes Bay and several trips to the recycling plant.

“I have been informed that this problem of illegal dumping in the area has been going on since the late 1990s.”

She said the cleanup was the result of a call from Curtis Dickinson, the MP for the constituency, who the charity felt was a natural fit for its We Love Our Neighborhoods initiative.

Mr Dickinson said locals had complained that the empty land had become a dumping ground, so he called KBB – along with Ascendant Technology Ltd and Wilmot Trucking – to resolve the issue.

“We just put it all together,” he said. “We had neighbors, we had professionals. My wife came out and some MPs from my riding came out.

“It was a really good gathering of people who stood up for the neighborhood.”

The freshly cleared ground of King’s Court, near Curving Avenue (Photograph provided)

ATL’s Tyrone Butterfield said he was happy to help with the cleanup effort.

“We heard they wanted to do King’s Court and when I saw what it looked like I knew it would take real machine work to do it.

“We helped in another area of ​​Deep Dale, so we knew what we would be dealing with,” Mr Butterfield said.

“Because we live in the neighborhood and are products of the community, we try to give back what we can.”

Paul Wilmot, of Wilmot Trucking, said the company has a history of community service, adding: “We are committed to helping those in need, and King’s Court is an example of a great need we have been able to help. to answer.

Along with thousands of bottles and household trash, the volunteers discovered a handful of old phones, shoes, a treadmill and a broken boat in the lot.

Ms Burgess said: ‘To find an abandoned boat that’s been broken in two in the middle of town… it’s not even near water so someone moved it on purpose.

“It’s illegal dumping and it’s a punishable offense that can result in jail time or fines.”

The empty land of King’s Court, off Curving Avenue before it was cleared (Photograph provided)

With the ground now clear, Mr Dickinson and Ms Burgess said discussions were underway about the next steps for the site.

“We have a general idea of ​​what the neighbors want for this space, and based on that, we took measurements and met with landscapers and gardeners to start drawing up quotes,” Ms Burgess said.

“Once we have a general consensus on what the neighborhood wants to transpire, we can set a budget and start fundraising.

“Hopefully it will be completed before the end of the year – I see this as a fourth quarter project which we can install and complete over the next two months.

“Once we have completed King’s Court, we will identify another centrally located project and at some point early in the new year will appeal to the whole community to let us know which areas of their parishes need attention. “

Loose debris moved from empty King’s Court land off Curving Avenue (photograph provided)

Mr Dickinson added: ‘There are other areas in the constituency that we will focus on now that this is settled.

“For me, that was a bit of a prototype of the model. There’s not much government can do, but the power of community and the power to bring people together for a common cause can make a difference.

Cassandra Trott, who lives in the area, said she was delighted and grateful for the hard work being done to clean up the area.

‘Mr Dickinson promised us to clean up this pitch and proved he was a man of his word,’ she said. “He brought the team together to make this project a reality. As a community, we couldn’t be happier.

The 90s are calling: Volunteer Rosita Smith holds an old phone found on Curving Avenue land during a cleanup (photo provided)