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Heavy equipment stuck in Plymouth Wetland

Scores of Plymouth residents and passersby stopped to observe the extraction of two pieces of heavy equipment which were mired for almost two days while undertaking work on the Adventure Micro Enterprise Centre.

The centre is a THA Project on the acquired Adventure Estate. Construction works began in September 2011 and the scheduled completion date is March 2012. The Facilities consisting of at least seven buildings would cater for small entrepreneurs.

However, since the Project began some residents who were born and grew up in the area have expressed concern about the sitting of a couple of the buildings in the lower portion of the land which runs alongside the drain just to the back of the Bus Shelter-about 50 metres south of the Arnos Vale Junction.

That area is known to be a swampy area on the fringe of the wetlands inhabited by birds, ducks and other such wildlife; it usually floods during the rainy season.

A Backhoe was stuck in the mud and when an Excavator was brought to extract it, the Excavator itself also sank several feet into the soft, slushy mud where workmen toiled for several hours to free both pieces of equipment with the aid of a large crane. The corner foundations are being put in place and while residents welcome the Project as an avenue for their self-development, many continue to express reservations about the wisdom of erecting heavy structures in that flood-prone wetland area.

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