At least one voluntary group contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections is putting the issue of drainage and flooding in the capital city on the front burner.
The group, Team Legacy, headed by popular radio host Malcolm Ferreira, raised the issue during Nomination Day on Tuesday.
The group is contesting in six constituencies across Georgetown, with Mr. Ferreira looking to secure Constituency #10 – Albouystown/Charlestown.
He told reporters that one of the major issues for him is that of drainage of several communities that face flooding.
One of the major drainage passages for Georgetown – the Sussex Street Canal – runs through Albouystown. “If that is not taken care of properly then you find that the water stays on the land across Georgetown,” the Albouystown born Ferreira told reporters.
“I have lived to see the community go from clean to dirty. Something has started and we welcome that but there are more technical things that must be taken care of,” he added as he urged voters to persons from their Local Authority Area.
He said persons must not be allowed to administer the affairs of a community when they do not reside in the neighborhood. “We have had in our case, instances where individuals don’t reside in the actual neighborhood and are in charge of projects in the neighborhood.”
Asked about the larger parties which have dominated local government administration over the years, Ferreira seemed unmoved and said “One one dutty build dam.”
Team Legacy is focusing on securing council seats that will be used to ensure real development come to a number of Georgetown communities. The current President of the social change group, Blue Caps, Michael Leonard, is part of Team Legacy.
It was the Blue Caps group that pushed heavily for local government elections under the PPP government but when its founder left the group to join the PPP on the campaign trail, the youth group took on a quieter role.