Woman in need of house re­pairs

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

PATSY TROT­MAN is won­der­ing when she will have her roof re­placed or her home re­built af­ter the house, lo­cated in St David’s Vil­lage, Christ Church, was se­verely dam­aged dur­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Irma in Septem­ber.

Daugh­ter Betty said it was a most un­com­fort­able time for her 68-year-old mother, since she had been given a lodg­ing at a rel­a­tive in the area.

“The house is al­ready crowded and it is not where I would want to have her now. My mum de­serves bet­ter and I am very con­cerned about her.

“Some of­fi­cials from Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and Se­na­tor Dr David Du­rant had come af­ter the dam­age was done and looked at the house, and promised to get back to us with some form of as­sis­tance. That has not hap­pened as yet. All I want is for my mum to be com­fort­able,” Betty said.

When con­tacted, Du­rant, who is chair­man of the Na­tional As­sis­tance Board, said: “The en­tire struc­ture of the house would have to be taken down since it is ter­mite­in­fested and that would be done by as early as next week.

“If it was just a mat­ter of a roof, we would have been able to do that swiftly.”

Trot­man told the DAILY NA­TION that “lots of peo­ple” had come and made prom­ises con­cern­ing re­pair­ing the house but noth­ing had hap­pened.

She added she was try­ing to get a rel­a­tive to help in tak­ing it down, “but we will wait and see”. ( JB)

VALE­DIC­TO­RIAN Sher­wyn Xavier with his awards. (Pic­tures by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

PATSY TROT­MAN in front of the roof­less house she used to call home. (Pic­ture by John Boyce.)

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