Water Woes in Woodland

Work Done by Councillor Krishna Persadsingh โ€“ March – April, 2023

Water on the roads, inside of their homes but not in the taps. This is the reality of what the residents in Woodland face on a yearly basis. After receiving numerous reports of having no supply of pipe-borne water for approximately two (2) weeks by residents in the Woodland area, I wrote to the Head Operator for the Southern District at WASA on the 14th of March 2023; seeking urgent intervention to assist the residents who are dutiful payers of their water rate. 

On this occasion my office received an update from WASA, stating that a supply of truck-borne water will be distributed to the residents of Jacksingh Trace, Teacher Trace, Nancoo Trace, and Mungal Street, Woodland. I have also been advised that a technical team will also be on-site, investigating the cause of what has been preventing these residents from receiving water through their taps. 

Despite this, residents continue to experience water woes. It raises the question, are the state agencies addressing issues that residents face on a daily basis as a priority or is ensuring your bill is paid on time and in full with the proposition to increase rates more important? 

Residents continue to experience water woes.

I continue to reiterate that as your local government representative, I will fight for you to ensure that a comfortable living condition is afforded to each and every one of you. 

Krishna Persadsingh,

Councillor for La Fortune/Debe North

๐‘๐จ๐š๐ ๐‘๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ซ – ๐‘ซ๐’–๐’Ž๐’‡๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐‘น๐’๐’‚๐’…, ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’ƒ๐’†.

After numerous pleas from residents and commuters, the advocacy done by Dr. Roodal Moonilal – Member of Parliament for Oropouche East and Councillor Krishna Persadsingh; road repairs were completed at the junction of Dumfries Road and S.S Erin Road, Debe by the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation even with the lack of funding, resources and jurisdiction.

This is yet again a temporary solution to the neglect that the Dumfries Road, just one of which is an issue that has been occurring for years that the Ministry of Works and Transport โ€“ Drainage Division has failed to acknowledge and address accordingly. A proper drainage system needs to be constructed in order to properly disperse of the water which comes from all directions and tries to make its way to the lower end where there is an existing catchment system. 

Just one of which is an issue that has been occurring for years that the Ministry of Works and Transport โ€“ Drainage Division has failed to acknowledge and address accordingly.

What seems to be a simple solution has once again bewildered the minister and his ministry. 

Better needs to be done and we will not stop until this and the numerous issues in our area are addressed. 

๐”๐๐…๐‚๐‚๐‚- ๐’๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ ๐จ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘

Through the support of council members and The Penal/Debe Regional Corporation in patronage with The Ministry of Planning and Development; Councillor Persadsingh was granted the opportunity to attend the 2023 Santiago Network on the 3rd & 4th April; accompanied by Mrs. Curmira Gulston, Hazard Mitigation Specialist at the ODPM.

Seeking to assess progress and exchange knowledge, best practices, and policy solutions to support the implementation of the 2030 agenda in line with regional priorities and specificities; the Santiago Network is an integral part of moving T&T in the right direction towards combating and adapting to the effects of Climate Change.

โ€œI had the honor of delivering a presentation on climate change loss, damage, and adaptations at the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC), Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, Santiago Network 2023. My colleague Curmira Gulston, Hazard Mitigation Specialist at the ODPM and I are both proud and honored to be the Trinidad and Tobago representatives at the Santiago Network Workshop 2023.โ€

Councillor Persadingh extends his gratitude towards The Office of the Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago, The Honourable Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar S.C, MP; without whom he would not have been given the opportunity to represent the Electoral District of La Fortune/Debe North and Trinidad and Tobago at this forum, where relationships were formed between Latin American and Caribbean participants. 

๐„๐ข๐ ๐‡๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซs

As the Muslim Community awaited the sighting of the moon on the 30th day of Ramadan, to conclude their fast and welcome the ๐‘ฌ๐’Š๐’…-๐’–๐’-๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’•๐’“ celebrations; our team prepared hampers which were distributed to the masjids within the La Fortune/Debe North district in commemoration of Eid.

๐‘ณ๐’†๐’•’๐’” ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’‚๐’•!

We’re thrilled to have launched our, “๐‚๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ” Campaign onย Thursday 20th April, 2023 in Gandhi Village, Debe.

Not everyone can come into the office or are satisfied with speaking to their representatives on the phone. We understand this and ever since the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has left us yearning in person interactions. That’s why my team and I decided to create a campaign that focuses on, โ€œGetting to know you better.โ€ This allows us to meet with the residents as they voice their concerns and issues which they may be facing without the formal constraints of being at an office. 

It was all smiles, old talk and local fruits as we met with residents whom exhibited positivity, laughs and energetic interactions; showing us their pets, neighborhood gossip and even treating us to some pomerac. Sometimes all we need is someone to discuss what’s going on in our lives and thatโ€™s the concept behind this initiative. 

It’s always moving when you’re in the district interacting with the community members and someone randomly stops to give you something to show their appreciation for what you’re doing. The smiles and conversations are what we love and look forward to when interacting with our people. 

We can’t wait to continue our campaign and catch up with everyone! 

Celebrating Earth Week

In recognition of Earth Week (April 14th โ€“ 22nd), the Member of Parliament for Oropouche West and Chairman of the United National Congress, Davendranath Tancoo; met with Councillor Krishna Persadsingh, principal Khemraj Gheraw of the Woodland Hindu School; along with several members of the community and students; to plant a very special tree in the district. Our national flower, a Chaconia Tree was planted at the Woodland Recreation Ground.

This yearโ€™s theme, โ€œInvest in our Planetโ€ highlights the importance of dedicating our time,

resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues. Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path toward a prosperous future. โ€œBe a part of the solution. Build a brighter, greener, and more equitable future for generations to come. The time is NOW to Invest in Our Planet!โ€ โ€“ EarthDay.org

๐๐ƒ๐‘๐‚ – ๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ค ๐–๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž ๐‚๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ง-๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐‚๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘

The Penal/Debe Regional Corporation continues its efforts to keep our community and environment clean. The Bulk Waste Clean-Up Campaign Began on Thursday 20th April and continues throughout the region until Monday 22nd May, 2023.  

Residents of the La Fortune/Debe North area and neighboring communities were advised to take note of the dates, times, and items that can be collected during this period. 

Day 2 of PDRC’s Bulk Waste Clean-up Campaign saw our team successfully cleaning up illegal dumping which has taken place in Dumfries Road. Illegal dumping is a continuous issue that we face in our community and country which needs to be stopped.

Should you have items that need to be disposed of, please contact the Regional Corporations Public Health Department or the Councillor’s Office and we will gladly assist you as best as we can to help dispose of your waste items properly. 

Letโ€™s do our part to keep T&T Clean.