One chorus goes ‘Across the bridge there’s no sorrow’ and this is exactly what the residents of the Seven Star want – a bridge or wooden crossing, in their latest plea to the authorities.
Speaking for the community of the area, a senior resident suggests for Public Works to build a temporary bridge or wooden crossing from the southern side to the northern side just before the junction that heads down to Pakaroa.
This would be used by residents to cross to get to work and for their children to go to school even when it does not flood.
He says such a temporary crossing would not solve the problem but at least it would wake the authorities up to start thinking seriously about how to get rid of the brown pool which also poses a health threat.
“No doubt such a crossing across a pool of mud sounds so simple and perhaps the first in the Pacific but we the residents have our right to enjoy the same walk to our doors that everyone else takes for granted,” he says.
The stagnant brown patch at Seven Star remains the most hated area for both drivers and residents and buses have stopped crossing the patch and when it rains, residents in the vicinity cannot get to work and students cannot get to school.
The resident is pleading with Members of Parliaments of Port Vila and the Government to recognise the traditional curse and take urgent steps to drain the mud.