Lack of fuel causes ‘suffering’ in North Leeward

The condition of this portion of road is said to affect the fuel's truck's ability to transport petrol to North Leeward (Photo: Lennox Lampkin).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Residents of North Leeward are “suffering” because petrol is no longer sold at the service station in Chateaubelair, area representative Roland Matthews said on radio yesterday.

“It is almost chaotic. People are frustrated,” he said in appealing to the government and fuel supplier Sol to look into the situation.

I-Witness News became aware of the situation early this month and has been trying to ascertain why fuel is no longer sold in the North Leeward town.

Request for information from fuel suppliers here have so far gone unanswered.

However, a resident of the constituency told I-Witness News that the fuel truck might have stopped travelling to North Leeward because of the condition of a section of the road.

Matthews referred to the same portion of road yesterday.

“The point is, we are suffering as a result of not being able to access gas at the station in Chateaubelair,” he said, noting that the nearest fuel station is in Buccament.

“So, I am appealing to the government, let them talk to Sol, because little me have no power. I can only voice what the people are telling me, voice the concern of my constituents as I am doing now,” he said.

“So I am appealing as well to Sol as the government to do what they have to do so that the problem, as it relates to the road in Charles Village be dealt with and let the gas truck come down back to leeward and supply the gas station down there with gasoline,” Matthews further stated.

“I hope that somebody from within those quarters are listening and that they will realise the situation that we are having right now,” he said.

Matthews, who is the opposition New Democratic Party’s shadow minister for agriculture and fisheries, motorists and fisher folk are affected.

“… if a man … charge EC$10 a pound for his fish, you can’t vex with him because his expense has gone up. … Because from Chateaubelair to Buccament is about the same distance as if you are going north to fish,” he said.

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6 thoughts on “Lack of fuel causes ‘suffering’ in North Leeward

  1. Minister of Transport and Works Sen. Julian Francis says that the road is safe and the reason for the crack in the road is because the materials used to back filled the road is now settled. He said that BRAGSA engineers have looked at the portion of the road in question and has given the green light but Sol seems not to be convinced and would like thier engineer, who is based in Barbados, to look at the road before they decide to whether or not to continue the distribution of gasoline to North Leeward. So while Sol and Govt playing around the people suffer.

    Posted by killer | January 24, 2012, 07:28
  2. A fuel tanker truck is a potential bomb, they can take no chances on statements from ministers about the condition of the road, because of the lies that continue to be told.

    The road is considered unsafe by the operators, and rightly so.

    If you want gas in the North Leeward stop voting for the United Liars Party ULP, they cannot be trusted with the roads, cannot be trusted with agriculture, cannot be trusted with your lives, cannot be trusted with the truth.


    Posted by Peter | January 24, 2012, 11:30
  3. This week Monday 23rd January there was no gasoline on the leeward side of the island… The first gas station for us to buy gasoline was the Esso station at Hospital road in Kingstown. Numerous motorists are forced to buy and transport gasoline in mini vans! That is a potential hazard that we should not overlook! Are we awaiting an accident to do something about this serious problem?

    Posted by Concerned Vincy | January 24, 2012, 17:11
  4. With the road being a danger i wouldn’t be surprised if tour bus operaters will be the next to boycott that area for safety reasons.

    Posted by KS784 | January 24, 2012, 17:50


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