Barbados Caribbean Splash Waterpark – Faked Survey, Spin Control and Other Monkey Business

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If The Developers Faked A Resident Survey, What Else Is Not True?

Local residents are charging that the developers of a proposed water park in Graeme Hall, Christ Church, Barbados, faked the results of a published survey and are using unethical methods to control information and to limit public debate.

The proposal by Caribbean Splash Inc. to build a multi-million dollar water park in the Graeme Hall watershed seems to be running into trouble on a number of fronts.

As we reported in our earlier article Barbados Water Park Battle On The Horizon – Graeme Hall Wetlands In Danger, a negative Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report recommended that another location be found for the water park – but the developers and supporters in government appear to be forging ahead anyway.

Faked Survey Says 67% Of Residents Want The Water Park

How do we know that Caribbean Splash faked the results of a residents' survey? Easy…

First, according to newspaper articles, many named residents in the area were never surveyed even though Caribbean Splash Inc. claims that residents were. Other residents we spoke with say they talked to someone but were not told that a survey was in progress. That should be a full stop right there.

Second, anyone who lives in the area, or who has spoken to any resident of the area knows that a figure of 67% resident support is totally absurd. There is strong and widespread local resistance to the project.

If water park developers want to have their survey considered, they should provide a copy of each resident's responses to that person. Let each respondent read what they are supposed to have said during the "survey" that few can remember happening.

What questions were asked? What was the preamble before the survey? Do the developers even have the names of the persons they claim they surveyed? If not… that says it all.

Fake Public Meetings With No Published Location

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The Caribbean Splash Inc. newspaper announcement first told of a Town Hall meeting scheduled for June 7, 2006 at 7pm at a "location to be announced at a later date".

No location was ever announced.

To our knowledge, a location was never announced for the June 7th Town Hall meeting. When people started asking about the location a few days prior to the scheduled June 7th meeting – WHAM! – Caribbean Splash Inc. announced at the last moment that the meeting had been postponed "…to allow more time for the public to assess the project" (Barbados Advocate link)

Perhaps Caribbean Splash Inc. was starting to hear that the Town Hall meeting was going to be a public relations disaster. As we indicated in our May 2, 2006 article (link here)…

"Hummingbird says that some factions intend to use the June Town Hall meeting as a dog and pony show to allay fears without having to answer the serious technical questions raised in the Environmental and Social Impact Report. (We will see about that!)"

Caribbean Splash Inc. announced that the Town Hall Meeting will now be held on Monday, July 10, 2006 at…. um, ah…. someplace, I guess.

Where is the meeting to be held? Big secret. No one seems to know, but they had better rent lots of chairs. Lots.

Library Told "No Copying" Of Assessment Report

More monkey business surfaced when a few Bajans decided to attend at the library to examine the impact assessment report as indicated in the Caribbean Splash Inc. newspaper notice.

What a surprise! Only one copy at each library – a grand total of two for the entire island. Not to be removed and not to be photocopied.

That's correct, folks. The librarians had instructions from Caribbean Splash Inc. that no photocopies were to be made – not even of sections that, for instance, a citizen might want to bring to the "Town Hall Meeting"

God Forbid That A Citizen Could Actually Hold A Copy Of The Assessment Report In Their Hand At The Town Hall Meeting

Developers of the proposed water park seem to be in a defensive "spin-control" mode in response to strong community resistance. If they think that they can limit public information and debate – and then slide this thing along under the radar, they are going to be very surprised.

And that goes double for the developer's Government co-conspirators who are for some unexplained reason determined to turn prime agricultural land into a water park – even if it destroys the last remaining mangrove wetlands on the island.

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7 responses to “Barbados Caribbean Splash Waterpark – Faked Survey, Spin Control and Other Monkey Business

  1. william duguid

    I am very concerned with this matter. I do not believe that the location is the correct one and maybe some other location should be found. This location I believe is unsuitable and the residents are quite rightly making their feelings felt. I have already assisted the residents on my side with a petition and I will continue to help in this matter.

  2. BFP

    Hey Doctor

    it be the guvment that be leasing land for this. if the government say no to the location that be that. we hope the guvment will listen up well to you an all de folks.

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  6. Nobody is saying Mr Arthur has taken bribes from the promoters of Caribbean Splash. but his position on the matter leaves him open to speculation.

    Mr Kerins declares bluntly that Mr Arthur told him to his face Graeme Hall was the site Government wanted. We know Min of Agriculture did not approve the site, neither did other relavent ministries, nor other environmental reports. But Min of Planning and Development has the legal authority to overrule everyone else, including Chief Town Planner, and we understand he exercised that right.

    If Mr Arthur as minister of Planning and development felt it necessary to overrule all other informed experts HE MUST HAVE VERY GOOD REASONS.

    He is our leader and knows what is best for our country. He would only ignore the experts on very good grounds. But he is yet to come out and say why. To avoid any suspicion that his motives are personal he must share with the country what caused him to take this stand. Otherwise there will only be more undesirable speculation.

  7. Dear Sir,

    In response to Carson Cadogan’s obviously-slanted letter throwing support behind placement of a proposed Water Park in Graeme Hall area,
    despite protests by ALL surrounding neighbourhoods,
    I need to counter his thoughts by saying that there is plenty of doubt in everyone’s mind about the proposed water park that will not be sited in Graeme Hall.
    It will not take place. It must not take place!

    I agree that Barbados may indeed need something shiny,tacky and new
    to replace ageing tourism infrastructure,
    but let’s group all the shiny,new,aquatically-oriented entertainment out at Balls Pltn., where there is already an aquarium, to both projects’ mutual benefit.
    Wouldn’t that make sense, for them both??

    Clearly, Mr. Cadogan was not at the Town Hall Meetings
    held at Christ Church Community Center,
    where I’ve never in my life seen Bajans so heated and vehemently opposed to anything!

    Believe me, Sir, we are agitated on this one!

    The proposed site is unsuitable for a noisy,chlorine-emanating water park,
    especially since it would be right over my back wall
    – and near to the Bird Sanctuary and sensitive wetlands!

    This proposed site must and will be changed:
    the alternative is a change in the seats of several Parliamentary Representatives in the districts surrounding Graeme Hall Agricultural Station,
    and I know several hundred people ready to change Representatives,
    should this ill-placed project go through!

    Democratic Bajans will no longer be trampled, in the interests of Mr. BigBux,Inc.
    who threatens to take his business elsewhere.
    Residents surrounding this area will not be compromised by The Yankee Dollar.

    Furthermore, should the water park be placed there (or anywhere for that matter!)
    it’ll be a roaring success while the novelty holds for the first six months,
    then it’ll taper off when Daddy discovers, after three visits,
    that this Water Park thing is costing him One Hundred Dollars per Sunday
    to take the wife and kids there,
    versus fifteen dollars in gasoline,
    to go FREE to Worthing Beach, which God provided.

    After a year, the revenue will taper off,
    and in two and a half years, the business will fold
    (but Mr.BigBux will by then be a resident and/or citizen, complete with Bajan Passport!) and Barbados will be left with a big White Elephant of plant-and-equipment,lying idle
    and of little resale value!

    Mr.Big Bux does not yet know what awaits him, as he tries to run a fickle entertainment business in this our blessed Barbados of ever-spiralling running costs.
    Wait til he gets his monthly electricity bill!
    Wait til the Bajan workers, and the Unions start to seriously dig into him.
    Like he cares! he’ll take more of his Yankee Dollars and move on to St.Lucia or Dominica,instead, to repeat the whole thing over again.

    Graeme Hall will NEVER, read our collective lips, Cadogan,
    NEVER tolerate a disruptive Water Park at the Graeme Hall Agricultural Station site.

    Parliamentary representatives had better take this
    as a big ‘HEADS UP’ alert to the fragility of their Parliamentary seats.
    You have been warned, gentlemen.

    Thank you for your attention to this ongoing debate.
    The fire continues, unabated.

    Yours very very sincerely, I assure you!

    David Hunte.
    Taxpayer and active voter!
    43, Rendezvous Ridge,
    Christ Church.

    427-0146
    824-2914

    pcdoctor@sunbeach.net
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