Belize City Mayor says needed works at Cinderella Plaza not the Council’s responsibility

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Updated: February 17, 2016

Last night we shared with you the state of Cinderella Plaza in Belize City. It is a highly trafficked route and for drivers it is unbearable. The plaza was dug up as part of the Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Project and yesterday officials told us that it is now the responsibility of the City Council to repair. Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradlley, says otherwise.

Mayor Darrell Bradley

“Again Cinderella Plaza is an area in which we are dissatisfied in relation to the status and the progress. Eventually it has to be worked out, and it has to be worked out by the City Council because ultimately the responsibility is the city council’s.  The flood mitigation project is an internationally funded project, the executing agency is the Ministry of Works.  We would have hoped that all of this in terms of Cinderella Plaza and the section of Baymen Avenue that is not completed, would have been completed. At this present moment we are working with them and also through Councilor Phillip Willoughby to ensure that the works are done but if it’s not done then the City Council will have to do what it can to ensure that the works are completed. The street cannot be left the way it is.”

Hipolito Novelo – Reporter

“I believe the project manager and the representative from NEMO told us yesterday told us that as far as they are concerned their work is finished. Cinderella Plaza is completed in terms of the mitigation.”

Mayor Darrell Bradley

“That cannot be the position. Baymen Avenue which was a street that was done was an asphalted street prior to the cementing works up to Calle Del Mar so that you can’t destroy a street, build a canal under it and then leave the works as it remains so that that is a totally unacceptable response.”

Hipolito Novelo – Reporter

“You are saying that they must…

Mayor Darrell Bradley

“I’m saying that we will work it out and we are in discussions but it can never be the position that they are saying that you do 70% of the work and you leave it as it, that is not a finished project. The City Council at the end of the day has to sign off on those works, we have to accept those works as being completed and that is something that my signature will never be on. The project is not completed because Baymen Avenue was an asphalted street, you destroyed the asphalted street, as you are doing a project, you did the canal and so forth but you have to restore what was there before so that don’t come and say that you are finished, come and say that we have difficulties here and there can we work together to make sure that residents of this community are not dissatisfied but don’t say that you are finished because you are not finished, we have not and we will not sign off on what is there. The issue with Cinderella Plaza likewise, that was not asphalted but Cinderella Plaza was in a much better condition than it is now and over the month of December I asked for our works department to throw material and grade it twice so that at least it’s bearable but to say that that is completed we will never accept those works.”