Rich and Not-So-Rich Brits Flock To Barbados Gated Communities As Land Sell-Off Continues

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Gates & Guards Keep Out Troublesome Barbados Citizens For Cricketer Michael Vaughan & Other Jet Set Folks

The super rich and famous have always had their gates and guards, and I guess I don’t begrudge them a little privacy. Shona’s Auntie Moses tells a fabulous story about meeting Frank Sinatra when he ran into the kitchen where she was working. Auntie Moses and her friends hid Frankie in a walk-in cooler for a few minutes until his need passed. Then he talked with the staff for half an hour, had a beer and gave all the girls a big kiss before he left. He also sent autographed photos the next day. (Certainly a different profile of Sinatra’s character than one might think by reading some other accounts. Auntie Moses hasn’t washed that cheek since 1967!)

And that was before the days of the tabloids and a video camera in the hand of every tourist. So I understand the privacy needs of public figures and I don’t have a problem with Barbados catering to that class of people for big profits. On some days, the tarmac at Grantley Adams looks like a convention of Gulfstream and Citation bizjet owners – and that can only be good for the country.

A few gated communities for the super rich… no problem. But now, the trend is to provide lesser offshore investors with the same standard of privacy, gated communities and limited access beaches. All of this is at the expense of the average Bajan who is being restricted like never before…

Beach Access Disappearing Everywhere – Unless You Have A Beachfront Condo

Aside from the issue of the lack of transparancy and accountability by government in land dealings, Bajans are becoming aware that whole areas of our island are being sold, gated and closed off to “normal” Barbados citizens – denying citizens access not only to gated communities but also to supposedly public beaches.

We have laws about public access to all beaches, but subtle and not-so-subtle changes to parking, roads and barriers are effectively limiting citizen access to many beaches while not violating the letter of the law.

BFP reader and St. Michael resident Rupmplestilskin posted these comments on Caribbean Splash Waterpark Developer Kerins – Ugly American, Or Just Losing It?

Usage of land in Barbados is now quite worrying, to the extent that I am starting to believe that our indigenous Barbados is slowly but surely being hijacked.

For example, look at beach access, meaning the ability of the average Barbadian to park, disembark and enjoy the beach at various locations throughout the island.

Check the following:

Dover – the ample parking there by the playing field in St.Lawrence has been replaced by stalls and pavement, parking now reduced to only a few (which it looks as if the stall owners use)….do we park on the road?…isnt that illegal?

Pebble Beach – just before you get to the Hilton. Previous AMPLE parking has now been blocked by concrete short ‘pillars’…..’changing facilities or booths placed….who are the changing facilities for?…are we to park on the road?

Mullins….previous wide open seaview and access now blocked

Colony Club – the driveable public access which included parking is now blocked I am told ….while ‘construction’ is underway…

Government has already stated the intention to remove the public buildings at Oistins (happens to include convenient parking access to the ‘NOW’ public beach and Miami beach) and sell for development.

The planned development along the waterfront and Carlisle Bay area is well known. Exactly how much public access will be left to the average Barbadian? Will the current parking area on Carlisle Bay be left?

Hmmm…are we seeing a trend here?

As someone else referred to in another title on this site…smoke and mirrors…

THIS beach access issue is serious. And before you know it….there wont be any access for the average Barbadian.

It is time the persons responsible are held to account.

Where is the Opposition? Hello? Hello?

Can A Barbados Citizen Buy One Of These Beach Front Condos? Sure… But They Start At $1.5 Million Barbados!

From a Telegraph.co.uk article (link here)…

When Privacy Is The Driving Force

…former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and I are sitting in the main room of his spanking-new £1 million villa at the Royal Westmoreland Golf Club, a 500-acre estate on the west coast of Barbados. Comfy chairs, cool wooden floors, a stylish pickled pine ceiling.

There is a plunge pool in the garden outside and, beyond the plunge pool, the Caribbean glistening in the distance…

…And it is the aristocracy of British sport, in increasing numbers, who are buying villas at the Royal Westmoreland. Virginia Wade owns a property here. So does Ian Woosnam. So does Gary Lineker. If Vaughan wants fellow cricketers to hobnob with, his neighbours will include Mike Gatting, Freddie Flintoff and Marcus Trescothick. If he wants a stiff test on the golf course, he can ask Ryder cup stars Lee Westwood or David Howell for a game. From the world of football, there is Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, David O’Leary…

…”What I like about the Royal Westmoreland, which is a gated community, is that it is the one place I can come on holiday and switch off and get away from it all. Just getting away from English newspapers is a joy! If you go to Spain or France, there are British holiday-makers swarming all around you. Here there is much greater privacy…”

…If the Royal Westmoreland sounds like a haven for the super-rich, its owner John Morphet, a Lancashire businessman who has made a fortune out of caravan parks, is planning a new development on the estate which will bring properties within range of people on more modest incomes.

One hundred and two luxury penthouse apartments are due for completion in May 2007. The cheapest will cost just £390,000 – not peanuts, but good value for money on an island where property prices can reach silly levels. Hunt around and you can get attractive holiday villas on the island for £200,000-odd. But there is a premium on the best locations and, in some areas, notably the south coast, signs of over-development.

Barbados is not for everyone. It lacks the unkempt charm of smaller Caribbean islands like Tobago or Kitts and Nevis. The island is fashionable, which has its disadvantages. But it has not become fashionable by accident. People flock here for a simple reason: that it is a beautiful, beautiful spot…

… read the entire article at the Telegraph (link here).

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26 responses to “Rich and Not-So-Rich Brits Flock To Barbados Gated Communities As Land Sell-Off Continues

  1. Jupiter

    Read Gordon Matthew’s book “Death Of Barbados Unless” and you will see that this was spoken of by Mr Matthew way back in 1998.

    The Blp doesnot care about Barbadians.Blp politicians like Billie Miller said we were paranoid when we expressed our fears about private beaches,about land ownership etc.

    All they care about is how barbados is ranked on the world scale,and how the developed countries see us,so that Ms Miller and her ilk can pomperset when she goes to the United Nations.

    Remember what Marie Antoinette told the french people when they said they had no bread and were hungry – she said – if you have no bread to eat why don’t you eat cake.

    Same thing here.

    But the Blp ignore the people at their peril – remember that Mr Arthur.

    White Bajans need to consider that when black bajans start lashing out at the ex-pat whites,they will also include anyone who looks white and that means – You.
    So don’t only get involve when the matter is in your back yard like the Graeme Hall water park issue – which incidentally I also oppose.

  2. Economix

    We need to find out WHO is selling off all this Bajan land to foreigners!
    Is this land being sold BY BAJANS??
    Off with their traitorous heads!

  3. Green!

    Oh Jupiter, get a life.
    Bajans will have 1-2 days of minor unrest
    if they can find the cajones to get all hot and sweaty about it.
    We are the laziest bastards God ever put on the planet, especially after Lunch!
    please give us a date for your proposed micro-revolution.
    I hope you know the Barbados Defence Force is ready for just such an ocassion, and will mow the insurrectionists down, upon orders from melanistically-enhanced higher authority…not from the whites who you so think “controls the economy”.
    Please..bring on your temper tantrum riots.
    We need to get it over and done with!

  4. Jupiter

    Green
    I make no presumption about you per se,however it is my belief that only persons who are relatively well off could be as dismissive about bajans growing angry as you have been.
    Keep your ears close to the ground.
    It is not that bajans are planning an insurrection,it is that their frustration is building and like kerosine to a match all it needs is one incident to push them over the edge.
    I agree with you however that fortunately or unfortunately for us bajans have tended to be very docile ,but just add to the mix – the introduction of jamicans,trinis,vincentians in our midst and the brew gets heady – meaning bajans then start to take on the charisteristic of these other groups who are known to be less passive.

    A word to the wise is enough.

    If you kick a dog in the corner long enough,one day he will react and retaliate don’t you agree?

  5. Jupiter

    P.S. Green

    Remember Bussa,remember 1937 riots? I am sure the english masters didnot expect their loyal,docile slaves/servants to rise up.
    The morale of the story is never take anything or anyone for granted ok?

  6. Hants

    Bajans will eventually come to accept that all South,West and North Beachland will be occupied by Tourists and the rich and famous.

    With diminishing access to beaches youngsters will not know the beach ,swimming,fishing and spearfishing, beach cricket etc as a part of your everyday or every weekend life.

    They will get used to the Big Screen Tv as a substitute for the life that I enjoyed in Barbados in the 50s,60s and 70s.

    God bless Barbados for the life I enjoyed back then.

  7. Makavelli

    Jupiter, pocket Gueveras like you should remember that the people who rose up in those times were truly oppressed. Remember William Wallace who struggled against England for Scottish freedom? Who in Barbados is oppressed now? Who is NOT FREE in this island? What, not enough minutes on your cell phone plan? Elias putting too few chips in the snack boxes? Your new rims cost tooo much? Your comments regarding blacks ‘lashing out at white ex-pats’ reflect intellectual immaturity. Wake up man! Guess how quickly the Royal Marines will turn out to protect their ‘masters’, never mind the BDF. And if a black Bajan thinks they can kill a few Bajan whites for sport while ‘revolting’, you can bet that most are locked and loaded. BTW, watch out for those Harrier jumpjets, they can wreak havoc with your wax job. I suggest if you want to change Barbados, make it even better, and it is good, use you vote wisely. Run for office. Encourage your friends and family to do the same. Revolution might sound noble, romantic even. But when your guts are skinned out in a gutter somewhere, or a leg has taken leave of you, I’m sure the alternatives are more appealing.

  8. Jupiter

    Makavelli

    Wishful thinking makavelli.We will see who is right on this one.I thinking you are missing my point however,no one is wishing for a revolution only saying to have a selah moment ie pause and think on these things because what is undeniable is that a growing number of bajans feel marginalised and ignored and are getting more and more frustrated.

    Don’t take my word for it,see if you can get a copy of Rev.Gordon Matthew’s book -‘The Death Of B’dos Unless’ and see what he and expats as well as white bajans have to say about what is taking place.

    Remember Rev Matthews?He was the gentleman who warned the Gov’t about the rising tension and they ignored him, and like they say – the rest is history – Glendiary Prisons was burnt down.

  9. Makavelli

    Thank you Jupiter, I will get me a copy. (UWI bookstore?) Make no mistake, I am not ‘wishing’ anything. I am just pointing out that British and other international interests here must be up in the billons. You really think they going to tolerate people burning and looting british property and killing her most prosperous citizens? They are IGNORANT people. We are still subjects of the Crown, like it or not, and we are among her most wealthy, well educated and sophisticated, even more so than in england. But tell me, how do you expect people to feel ‘selah’ moments when they are being framed, threatened, villified and scorned? You think they are going to feel like inviting you over for tea and a group hug? No. They will become even more insular and as you put it marginalized from wider society. The world will watch. The same world we depend on for our relatively high standard of living. We do need a change of Government, but I, like you, and many others despair when we see our only hope evaporate amidst bickering squabbleing and puerile power plays. Even Denny and Peppers cant agree, but not surprising knowing them two. Politics is everybodys game, and if you feel strongly and passionately about doing something. RUN, dammit. People are starving for fresh, honest, entheusiastic people to take reins in govt. All I see so far are a bunch of power hungry scrappers fighting over the carcass of a long dead political superhero called the DLP. (NDP still around?)
    Anyway, you may be right on this one, but I hope for all our sakes you are not

  10. Jupiter

    Makavelli

    Good stuff.I’m not sure you can get Rev Matthews book from the UWI bookstore,maybe you can try Pages bookstore or even call Rev Matthews himself – that is – if he’s listed at home or at his real estate company Big Mac real estates.He seems a very open gentleman.

  11. Farmer Brown

    OH GOD! My ears are so close to the ground that I fear that there are eddoes and yams growing out of them. HELP! Carrots may be mortally fibrous! JEZSZUZ CHRIST! HELLLLLLP!

  12. once2often

    Makevalliass
    You are full of it . Are you trying to use poor illconceived scare tactics. well let me tell you and your ilk something .When a people become disenfranchised there is no end to which they may go to ppreserve their dignity. where hopelessness abound we create suicide boomers. beware!!!

  13. John

    once2often

    The majority of Bajans have long lost their dignity and haven’t yet figured out it is gone.

    That’s why the “low islanders” laugh at us, …. or hadn’t you noticed.

  14. Makavelli

    ‘Ilk’? ‘suicide boomers’? HAHAHAHAHA! Get lost jackass. And John, if ‘Low Islanders’ laugh at us it is because of silly little creeps like once2often who dont know how good they have it and call themselves ‘disenfranchised’. The only way people here could be disenfranchised is if they do it to themselves. What a joke.

  15. once2often

    mackvalliass
    Hark ! hark !the dogs do bark the beggers are coming to town.
    You do shame to a name associated with intelligence. “how good we have it here ” how f**king well dare you. That s the attitude I am talking about but you are not alone in your ignorance. This type of feeling is prevalent through your Ilk .. we should be greatful for your interventions in our wreched live OOOH aren’t we thankful dear massa. but that day done or soon done.

  16. Yo!

    Massa day will never done,
    coz now D.Blackman looks to Socialist Gov’t. to look after him/her and her many many illegitimate,unwanted chRildren.
    So de new Massa is Gov’t. self
    “giving” free school lunches and free school meals
    and all this “free” stuff we can’t possibly afford,
    but pay for (thru the nose?) at the gas pump
    via wildly-inflated prices for gasoline,
    2/3rds. of which is TAXATION!
    God,how I love this country.

  17. Makavelli

    Hark! Hark! the Mental Slave immortalized in song. Suck my glass bowl, idiot.

  18. honeybee

    Enough of that! It gets you nowhere. There are better things to expend your energies on.

  19. once2often

    Makavillass
    The more the makavilliass climb the more it show it ..should I say real colours?
    white trash

  20. Rumplestilskin

    So unfortunate to see abuse used to address others rather than discussion or even argument based on own experience, established facts or even philosophy.

    I was brought up and myself follow the attitude to be humble and not ridicule others (without just cause).

    There are two realities here:

    1) We are indeed (materially) better off than the citizens of many other countries.

    2) However, there are other personal and societal issues at stake, namely:

    – the cost of living here is very high, such that the average Barbadian is finding things hard going. When the world is going through a recession, market collapse, war people can rationalise such living standards. However, when the island is ‘allegedly’ doing so well, it is hard to accept. The environemtn and conditions influence expectations.

    – When there are so many major Government and private projects spending millions, which our taxpayer dollars have to pay back, without adequate information of the reasoning for the priorities, questions are asked, people not in the ‘loop’ financially (most Barbadians) become disenchanted.

    – When a man has hope, he has a future. Without hope, there is nothing. When the current societal structure puts things that are his ‘expected ideal’
    past the average citizen, hope and dreams become shattered. Such expectations may include housing ownership and life standards that his or her foreparents enjoyed, such as fair and clear beach access. The equation is further developed when it is apparent that such ‘benefits’ are lost to the average citizen, for the gain of a few.

    So, while symptoms such as beach access may seem trivial to some, they may mean much to many, indeed almost sacred. And in this case I do not refer to such as high water marks, we all know those rules. I mean ACCESS, made by a clear and free path, with adequate parking, to many beaches throughout the island. This which our foreparents enjoyed, and we expect to be ‘Barbados’.

    While change is a part of the world and Barbados, such change should never impinge particular social aspects of the Barbados we know and love.

    Decisions of the State should be made within this concept.

    Fare thee well, go with peace and love.

  21. Mackavelli...ass

    Oh dear me! I do show my colours. Once2often, though you present yourself as a most odious nincompoop, I now see that you are of a finer and more noble pedigree than I, and I should humbly bow to your superior class and bloodline. Who am I to express my opinion before the intellectual might of one so leaned and powerful, so racially pure and better than I, for I am just a poor backra-johnny. SIGH!

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  23. Wry Mongoose

    Jupiter wrote: “I agree with you however that fortunately or unfortunately for us bajans have tended to be very docile ,but just add to the mix – the introduction of jamicans,trinis,vincentians in our midst and the brew gets heady.”

    With all due respect – you must be a Bajan living overseas, as opposed to here working with the abovementioned immigrants to Barbados.

    On the whole they see this island as a Utopia and would stand by scratching their heads in bemusement if your predicted ‘mini-revolt’ started to foment.

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