Recent torrential rains has wrecked havoc on the Lumley Community situated at the west end of Freetown as the only community centre in the area has partially lost its fence and the road leading to the grassfield has also cut off due to soil erosion.
According to investigations the community centre fence was funded by the Freetown City Council however it is sad to note that the poorly constructed community centre haven’t lasted for a year as torrential rains partially collapsed the fence. Doors and windows at the community centre have also been ripped off while the fence gate is also badly damaged; the community centre and fencing projects are estimated to cost millions of Leones.
The community centre was virtually abandoned because of its deplorable state as residents are deprived of hosting community meetings, seminars, church service and other social programmes because most of the chairs, tables and benches have been carted away by unscrupulous individuals. A renowned Civil Engineer Moses Blake in an interview with AWOKO disclosed that soil erosion may likely destroy houses within the Lumley Community because of lack of adequate drainages and poor planning of the area by the Ministry of Lands. Councillor Mary Harding and Hon. Salymatu Turay and relevant stakeholders have also been informed about the collapse of the community centre fence but nothing visible have been done to rehabilitate it. Amadu Lane one of the main roads leading to the Lumley community has also cut off from normal vehicular traffic as result of dilapidated road network and poor drainage facilities. The Amadu lane bridge where water and rubbish flows are presently in bad shape as entrance to the house of PPRC Commission is no more accessible.
Residents of Lumley mainly pedestrians are forced to partially undress when it is raining to enable them cross the bridge as the area is always flooded and there is also a high pile of rubbish with water and piles of rubbish. Children are the most vulnerable in using the road.
At the back of concord store an Indian owned building materials shop with wire houses all over the place has also contributed to the narrowness of the drainage and no efforts have been put in place to rehabilitate the bridge or clear the piles of rubbish that has blocked the drainages.