Foreign Land Developer Blocks Public Road, Nation Newspaper Prints Excellent Story – Now What Will The Barbados Government Do?

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UPDATED: December 24, 2006

Strange times folks! Today this post hit #62 out of the millions of posts online at WordPress.com (link here). It looks like the issue of land ownership and useage is a big topic in Barbados – big enough to boost this post to #62 worldwide.

Original Article as Posted…

How Quickly Will The Government Act To Open A Public Road … Or Will They?

Once again friends, the first question on everyone’s lips should be, “How much money did the land developer contribute to the ruling government’s political party?”

This question should not be necessary for two reasons. Firstly, Bajans should have confidence that any government of the day will act to enforce the rule of law no matter how much money they have received as campaign contributions from any person or corporate entity. Unfortunately, and for many reasons, Bajans are not confident that the current government always acts impartially to uphold the laws of Barbados.

Secondly, Bajans should not have to ask about campaign contributions to political parties as they worry about hanky-panky with the government. Information about campaign contributions should be public so people can be aware of potential conflicts of interest by elected and appointed government representatives.

But on Barbados, we have neither transparency, nor confidence that our government officials will act to uphold the rule of law in the public interest.

So we mention it again as we wait for the government to IMMEDIATELY OPEN THIS PUBLIC ROAD…

“How much money did the land developer contribute to the ruling government’s political party?”

From The Nation News…

THE QUESTION OF BARBADIAN CITIZENS being deprived of legitimate access to roads and land has again raised its ugly head.

This time the unauthorised blockade of a road at Porters, St James by an English investor, living in Barbados for fewer than eight years, has residents and property owners in that area fuming.

Not only has Englishman Eddie Fearless built pillars and erected a large gate that blocks the road, but he has also apparently named the road “Mango Drive” and put up a sign indicating it is a “No Through Road”.

… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here)

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75 responses to “Foreign Land Developer Blocks Public Road, Nation Newspaper Prints Excellent Story – Now What Will The Barbados Government Do?

  1. Jason

    Well thought out reasoning, BFP. The Nation did a good job as far as they went but they will never ask the questions that need to be asked. The government has ignored several other incidents like this at Bathsheba and will not act. The Nation says nothing about the government’s failure to uphold the law.

    Thank you bfp!

  2. yatinkiteasy

    If the property does not belong to Edie , what is to stop someone renting a piece of equipment and tearing it down? Did Town and Country Planning give permission to have this gate built? If they did not, (even if he owns the land) …it should be torn down.Why are we so afraid of these foreigners who come here and do things like this.. fellow Bajans would not or could not do something like this and get away with it….BFP must keep on this story…or it will just die over time like any other story of this type.

  3. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    There are several instances of this sort all along the west coast. Porters (the Avenue) and The Garden (opposite Mr Searles residence) are two that instantly come to mind.

    A demonstration was held some months ago by thae residents of Trents,Porters and Mt Standfast with regards to the Avenue. Of course they were ignored. Maybe this time the middle class folk at Porters will get some assistance, and hopefully the government will also attend to the problems elsewhere.
    But then again, Mullins was allowed to plant some prohibitive bushes to block our view, and Owen Arthur never raised a finger to assist. Far from that he criticised the people who got involved in the fight.
    Note that he is also Minister of Town Planning.

  4. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    P.S
    There was a chain erected at the top of this road sometime ago. Larry Tatem claimed at the time that it was a “private road” and reportedly refused permission to a Ms Margaret Skinner to use the road as an entrance to the back of her property. Her purpose was to renovate one of her houses and to construct another house there.Lawyers were called in and the lady never bothered fighting the case.
    Let us hope that Larry now understands that blockades have an impact on people’s lives, and the social fallout can have bitter consequences.

  5. Red Lake Lassie

    If the gate be illegal, take it down.

  6. Even if the land where the gate is located is by chance private, under common law (I think) it becomes a public right of way if the road it now bars has been used continuously for a specified number of years.

    Fearless Eddie should realise that on this island you block traditional rights of access at your peril. When in Rome….

  7. Jupiter

    Remember Billie Miller told us that we were ‘paranoid’,when we expressed concern about expatriates buying up our land,particularly on the coast line.

    So paranoid bajans,we ain’t see nothing yet.

    I believe 2007 should be the years of marches and protests organised by the official opposition.

    I also hope Sir Roy Trotman got his marching shoes ready.

  8. Ronin of the Void

    Anybody have a tractor and a chain?

  9. Michael, London UK

    I speak as a person with Barbadian parentage born and raised in the United Kingdom. If the circumstances are correct, I find in insulting that Barbadians are made to tolerate such incidences of blatant disrespect by foreign nationals of the law of the land. I call on the Barbados government and the relevant authorities to take action to stop such occurrences ever happening. never in a million years would I be allowed to repeat such behavior here in the United Kingdom no matter how much money i invest in the well being of the economy…..WAKE UP BARBADOS……..

  10. Hants

    Enough is enough.The time is coming when the tension created by these “Investors” could have extreme consequences.
    If this is the legacy that Owen Arthur wants to leave it is now his choice.
    He has to step in and call on the Attornry General and the Chief Town Planner to deal with this issue NOW.
    I am glad I don’t live in Barbados because the rage I feel about thei destruction of our wonderful country is contained within the walls of my Canadian Home.
    Do something NOW Mr.Prime Minister.

  11. Hants

    BFP nothing matters other than what is within the laws of Barbados with regards to Right of Ways and Land use for the good and peaceful existance of all Barbadians.

    Barbados has laws. If this man broke the law by erecting a Gate then he should be dealt with under the laws of Barbados.

    If it is nescessary the Government must pass legislation to protect the natural right of ways for all Barbadians.

    I also think that if you suggest that the BLP Government is taking “contributions” from “Investors” it may stop their Ministers and operatives like William and Lynette from responding.

    Let us see if they can be persuaded to give their take on this situation or if the have become the servants of the Rich Investor Class.

    Please excuse any spelling or grammatical mistakes because I am still in a rage and will have to drink a couple of likkers to calm down.

  12. Jason

    hants say “I also think that if you suggest that the BLP Government is taking “contributions” from “Investors” it may stop their Ministers and operatives like William and Lynette from responding.”

    Hants, certainly the BLP party and the DLP party take and have taken money “political contributions” from foreign investors. This is how politics works. The fact that such contributions are secret and never declared under any transparency laws is the problem.

    I agree with BFP that citizens need to start asking this question because that is how this place is run. If we want to change things, we cannot afford to be “polite”. BFP is not accusing anyone here, they are merely asking a question where the answer should already be in the public domain but is not because Barbados politicians deliberately want to keep things hidden.

    The law is the law and somebody has to hold the government accountable for not enforcing the law.

  13. De Orginal

    I was most suprised to see Mr Larry Tatem and “the middle class folks” of Porters, St James come out against a gate. Well I guess as with the Graeme Hall incident we only get involved with causes when they affect us personally. Like i said before I aint hear none of these people when the people at Emmerton was crying out nor the Kensington folks was screaming them get unfair. If what is said by Littleboy is true I say shame on Larry Tatem. He is the typical upper middle class Barbadian who down press the little man but want to come crying about we country and losing we rights when they not profiting from a venture. I do believe now this has been highlighted that the Chief Town Planner have a responsibility to have this illegal construction pulled down at the expense of Fearless. He think because he got a bad name he is a bad man but not in we country right Larry. I hope more “middle class folks” in this country follow Larry’s lead. Stand up for the rights of Bajans and not just for the rights of Barbadians.

  14. Ronin of the Void

    D.O.,

    Who exactly are Bajans as distinct from Barbadians?

  15. De Orginal

    Bajans are the people of the country but when they reach a particular status they no longer Bajans at least they dont behave so…….. They refer to them selves even at home as Barbadians. are you a bajan Ronin ??

  16. Ronin of the Void

    I was born and raised in Barbados and I am a citizen of the Universe. All my legal documents define me as ‘Barbadian’. It is what I must write on those annoying little bits of paper before I enter another country. I always thought that ‘Bajan’ is a contraction of ‘Barbadian’ (the last six letters ‘badian’…it sounds so much better that ‘Barbie’ dont you think?) much the same as Trinidadians refer to themselves as ‘Trini’. This is interesting to me, because on a recent trip abroad I was informed by an Englishman that Bajans are black and Barbadians are white, which was news to me, and kind of confusing since so many of us are of mixed ancestry. Now I am being told by you that it is a class distinction. As far as I am concerned it is neither, unless conjured up in the minds of a few who look at successful people an decide to demote them from ‘Bajan’ because of social and financial jealousy. I look forward with great interest to reading your code of behavior to qualify as a Bajan, so that I may study it, qualify and apply to the immigration department to change my status in my passport from ‘Barbadian’ to ‘Bajan’

  17. yatinkiteasy

    To “Ronin of the void”, stop wasting time on this Bajan vs Barbadian non issue…the issue at hand is..”Foreign Land Developer blocks Public Road”…if you don`t have a comment about this , go watch TV.

  18. Ronin of the Void

    yatinkiteasy, I have a right to comment on any post in this thread. If you think that De Originals comments should be ignored, that is your business. If you had read the entire thread, you would see that I have already commented on the issue. To reiterate: Take a trackor down their, chain it to that gate and pop the clutch. Clear enough? Go play in the traffic.

  19. Mile and a Quarter

    The entire gated communities, foreign land ownership and foreign investors blocking traditonal rights of way has been hallmarks of the BLP regime. These are serious vexing matters. Billie Millers foolishness about black Bajan paranoia notwithstanding. Owen Arthur said quite clearly that foreign investors and sale of our land to the same paople pay our bills. If he is sending that message to Fearless and them what do you expect? GOB must adjust this foreign land ownership policy. Not kill it but mould it in a way that is fair and pragmatic to all concerned particularly Bajans who slaved, toiled and bled to bring our island to where it is. South Africa is taking steps to make sure they have not exchanged apartheid townships only to be corralled by foreign investors erecting a ring of fences around their shores. Barbados must take note. In truth I think Arthur has run out of ideas on this and other critical national issues. Time to insert another view the DLP view.

  20. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Folks, this is more serious than we think!
    The concept of gated communities has the spectre of apartheid attached to it. Before, it appeared that the “nouveau riche” were excluding the proletariat, but we now realize that they will stop at nothing, and have also excluded the “upper middle class”.. Who is next?….
    The “investors’ who have been coming here need to be properly screened.
    I have read letters, written by one of them, that paints Barbadians(Bajans?) as a backward lot.
    Talk to many of these new-monied people and see that several have/had a South African/Namibian/Zimbabwean connection, and are here only to see how much they can collect before moving on and pillaging another “developing” country.
    We must learn from history!

  21. Rumplestilskin

    Main issues seem to be:

    – who owns the land

    – was there a pre-existing ‘right of way’, if yes by common law…cannot remember the years exactly

    – did the Town Planning give permission for the erection?

    Those three question will determine the legal course of action. Nuff said.

    However, there is also the philosophical approach which may impact action. Does the installed gate seriously jeopardise good citizen relations to the extent that Government feel duty bound to bring legislation to protect the access, even if there is no common law access on private land?

    This is a fine line, which would have to be thought out carefully and not lightly enacted. However, Government compulsorily aquire land all the time, so not a problem.

    Finally, this case brings to the fore the concern in respect of effective public access to beachfront.

    Government should not take this access lightly. Even if it does not seem so, bajans take this access as a right.

    If ignored, at the best voting in the next election will be influenced against the Government, seen to be acquiescent to foreign investor wishes at the a serious cost to bajans.

    At worst, it could have very serious implications in the long term.

  22. Jerome Hinds

    Disgraceful ! That is how Arthur and his uncaring administration actions has allowed our citizens and their property rights to be treated.

    But the questions,

    Who openly welcome these ‘Fearless’ types to our country unfettered?

    Who is the Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning and Immigration?

    Who has openly stated that Barbadian lands are to be sold to ‘who ever comes’ irrespective of the consequences?

    Who is prepared to move ‘Heaven & Earth for such ‘developments’ (Porters) and others ….to take place?

    Answer ?????? Owen (Ossie Moore?) Seymour ARTHUR.

    The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow once said ‘ One day Barbadians will wake up to find they no longer own this country….’

    Since it is clear that Arthur now professes to be a ‘Barrow’ convert he may interpret Barrow’s warning as his ( Arthur’s ) legacy to Barbadians !

    If we ‘ the electorate’ give him another opportunity after the upcoming polls to continue on (t)his path, THEN ARTHUR’S LEGACY TO BARBADOS WILL BE SECURED and to HELL with Barrow’s WARNING !!!!!

    THE ‘FEARLESS’ ACTION(S) IS JUST THE TEST BALLOON !!!!!!!

  23. Michael, London UK

    Bajan, Barbadian, Barbajan, Barbadosian…………who cares, whilst you continue to argue over such trivial matters, Mr Fearless and his huntchmen continue to buy up more of your/our precious land……..lets stop the small chat, and lets do something about this….a petition a public protest if disagreement perhaps…………..!!

  24. John

    Gated Communities are not peculiar to one party. Westmoreland was done by the DLP.

    I pointed out elsewhere that UWI is a gated community, all the student dorms have tight security, they have to. If you don’t believe me, drive by and see the razor wire and 12 foot (an exaggeration perhaps) wall.

    Our schools are also gated communities. Violence is a problem in Barbados.

    At the same time, it is wrong for someone to unilaterally prevent access with no warning. If it is a foreigner, it looks real bad, but Bajans do it to their own as well and the howls of protest are never heard. If there is public access in existence, then the landowner needs to provide an alternative.

    There are two issues I see which need to be addressed. First, Violence/Crime and second the alienation of good agricultural land which also collects water for the public water supply as in Westmoreland, Apes Hill, etc. Both seem completely unrelated to the thread of the discussion so far but ….. I throw them in nonetheless.

  25. Mile and a Quarter

    Communities protecting themselves from criminals is one thing. Setting up a fortress type situation where you try to get a large sanitised area around the gated community is another. Barbados is land scarce.One local big developer even went so far as offering alternative houses and money to get black house owners to move from around his planned exclusive development.
    Truth is these measures tend to back fire because they engender resentment and hate. Both at odds with the sense of community. It would be worthwhile to get developers, residents in the surrounding poor communities even some of the villa buyers in the gated communties to sit down together and talk about issues at an early stage. Let them understand how the development can be of mutual benefit. Employing people in surrounding poor communities would also help. Not employment as gardeners only while some young white male(female) in dark shades stands around with hands in pockets giving orders. You see a lot of that on the road construction projects.
    Crime by the way is not poor specific. White collar criminals often live in exclusive communties. Granted these land issues are difficult to turn into win win situations but as I see it right now Bajans are in a mostly lose lose predicament.

  26. John

    M&Q

    Barbados is not land scarce, it is water scarce!!

  27. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    John
    Barbados is “land scarce” for us- the proletariat.
    While I agree that crime is a problem, you must realize that it is a problem for ALL of us.
    Erecting a gate does not guarantee a crime free zone.
    Beverley Hills is a gated community and yet , with all their security they still get infiltrated.
    The whole problem is that too many “nouveux riche” believe that now they have money, they need to exercise power over the “natives”.
    We have had wealthy people among us for years, and they have not had a crime perpetrated against them. Ask yourself why!
    Too many classless monied jerks are being allowed to come here and settle.
    They need to be screened.!
    Ronald Tree,Edward Cunard,Maxwell Entwistle, Oliver Messle etc.came here and lived among us.the Fearlesses and Bamfords must follow suit or LEAVE.
    There was a Barbados before them and there will be a Barbados after and without them.
    We can survive without them despite what Owen Arthur feels. The social fallout they are creating will destroy any semblance of stability we now have.

  28. John

    LB

    I understand the feeling of wanting to own a house on a spot of land but what is the point of this if you can’t get safe dependable running water. It is like owning a BMW or Mercedes and running it on roads full of potholes.

    It is a bit like the private and public beaches argument. I have not gone in the sea for years because of my understanding of how the water cycle works and what I think are the effects of pollution. I just can bear to bathe in it now.

    Doesn’t mean that I don’t agree with the public/private beach argument. Its just that I don’t see the point of winning access to the beach and being unwilling to go into the sea. I would rather see a fight and be part of a fight to improve water quality.

    Proletariat or no proletariat, safety issues remain the same for me.

    I marvel at the people who spend fortunes on fancy houses to say they have arrived and haven’t got the slightest understanding of how they obtain the running water which provides their elevated standard of living.

    At the same time I feel it is the most serious problem our country faces as it governs the development and advancement for which we yearn.

    Erecting a gate doesn’t guarantee a crime free zone but it certainly can reduce crime.

    An empty water pipe which goes under the gate reduces the standard of living inside the enclave for everybody, both inside and outside.

    It probably has more effect on those outside because those inside can use their economic power to ensure their pipe isn’t empty. Somebody then has to go without.

    And if the heavy sewage load affects the water at source, doesn’t matter if you live inside or out ……

  29. Get In The Action

    Reality is that both local and foreign land owners have been caught blocking public road access. I agree it’s more sensitive when a non-national does it, for obvious reasons, but why go off on a tirade about foreign investment. One rogue developer and we have calls for “screening” foreign investors to protect the “proletariat” from these monied terrorists. The fact is Barbados needs these people and the Looney Left out there better realize that’s the reality to maintaining our standard of living. These “to be screened people” are not just buying condos and villas, they are investing in businesses and employing Bajans. I think something should be done to stop this Mr. Fearless and immediately remove the obstruction, but don’t assume all foreign investors are like this.

  30. Jupiter

    I think the argument that B’dos is not land scarce but it is water scarce is silly and flawed.

    The reality is B’dos is both water scarce and land scarce,but bajans who were brought up with the expectation of owning a peice of the rock,are now realising it may never happern.

    Why?

    In 2 words – owen arthur.

    How is it that a country of supposedly bright people can give a power hungry,ego – charged,napoleonic man such unbridled authority to wreck a country and change and destroy its people future forever.

    You see people who argue about water scarcity,hardly ever jump in the argument about the impact the vast amount of guyanese and other non-nationals will have on the same scarce water supply,And I me and jump in,not some timid 2 bit phrase of -‘I’m also concerned.

    You see if we continue bringing these wonderful facts about water pollution and water scarcity,without addressing the basic problem of overcrowding, – of how people like the guyanese and vincentians etc who live under very backward,substandard conditions in their countries now bring these same unhygenic practices here,then we will understand the crisis that’s facing us with garbage and sewage and public health problems.

    One man,owen arthur did this to barbados,with the tacit help of the nation newspaper,the Advocate,VOB radio,CBC tv and radio,and oopsition parliamentarians like clyde mascoll,and other sittting mps who felt making a little squeak inside the parliament walls was enough.

    Of course,let us not forget the academics who we pay up on Cave Hill,and the trade union leaders.

    So all this facts and figures about water pollution and scarcity is fine (antigua is water scarce and buys water),but let us attack the problem at the root.

  31. Rumplestilskin

    There are a number of issues mentioned above:

    – yes, we are land scarce. Doubt it? Check the inflation on land prices from 10 years ago to now. Hard evidence.

    – yes, we are water scarce and this issue is being ignored by the Government. The water issue here is critical. We need at least three desal plants. One for the North, South and one to channel desal water to the Middle & East.

    The water sytem needs assessing in a holistic manner (as all other physical planning) and implemented after a comprehencive plan is designed. Better to spend upwards of $150 million here on this than on flyovers. Absolute stupidity.

    – There are many investors coming here. Many kinds. By the individuals’ actions they are known. The Sandy Lane Hotel folks have invested heavily here without stepping on ‘corns’. And they are people who can afford to. They alone have seriously boosted our high end industry tremendously.

    Proof that we can work with substantial, decent investors without cow-towing to abrasive persons who have no respect for local customs and laws. And compared to those such as Sandy Lane, the small investor has little to offer, other than being part of a larger group who fund condo units, golf courses etc.. Thus we do not need to sit idle and accept anything they dish out.

    Many of them are also hoping for their own ‘payday’, by investing here and selling higher. By shutting the road menioned and naming it the investor in the example seems to be setting up for his own sale of the properties, being able to call it a gated community.

    Thus, there are those who will do whatever they have to in order for their own gain, never mind the long term consequences.

    There are those who feel they are ‘better’ than locals and can therefore ‘rule the roost’. I have seen it. Ironically their behaviour does reflect their true background and education.

    I cannot blame Owen Arthur for this environment.

    A lot of this is driven by the local (and foreign) developers and real estate agents, who themselves have much to gain. Their intentions happen to coincide with Government’s desperate requirment for foreign exchange.

    I can blame the Arthur administration for allowing agricultural land to be sold and developed wholesale however. That issue comes under Goverment policy.

    Bear in mind many of the administrations backers are big developers.

    Bear also in mind it is alleged that the Opposition backers also own many plantations.

    I assume that if the Opposition wins the next election these shall not be allowed a change of use to become residential.

    Unfortunately, we can become very caught up in ‘needing’ this development.

    However, I reiterate that if significant development results in effectively disenfranchising locals, then serious problems will occur down the line.

    Bear in mind

  32. Rumplestilskin

    By the way. To attack other bloggers by insulting name-calling, as above Get In The Action referred to the ‘Looney Left’, serves little purpose to answer legitimate concerns being raised.

    Name calling and labelling both locally and internationally will only result in emotive responses in the short term and in the long-term inappropriate actions in dealing with problems as has been shown at the international level, as witnessed in the South American recent experience, to delay the inevitable.

    By labelling Ortega a Leftist and channelling funds allegedly raised by arms sales to Iran to the Contra’s, the USA foreign policy under the Republican regime delayed the inevitable i.e. the demanding by the disenfranchised that they have a stake in the country, Nicaragua.

    Now the ‘chicken has come home to roost’ and practically all of South America is seeking new answers in the form of democratically elected governments seeking a changed path.

    So go ahead and name call. But the time for payment will come if needs are ignored.

  33. littleboy

    Sadly, too many of us apologize for inappropriate actions.
    The facts are that the so-called investors who come here are in the main, not Bajan-loving clear-as-crystal God-fearing individuals.I have interacted with LOTS of them and know that they are looking for a quick buck.
    Investment is necessary, but we can do without many of that lot.
    Remember the devil said to Jesus…”all these things I will give you if you will bow down and worship me”.
    Call me fanatic Christian now!
    The moral of that biblical story is clear…if you have a price,you will be bought…but the consequences can be dire.

  34. Citizen First

    According to Jupiter…

    the problem of inadequate supply of water in Barbados is somehow the fault of Owen Arthur and …

    “the nation newspaper,the Advocate,VOB radio,CBC tv and radio,and oopsition parliamentarians like clyde mascoll,and other sittting mps who felt making a little squeak inside the parliament walls was enough.

    Of course,let us not forget the academics who we pay up on Cave Hill,and the trade union leaders.”

    Cuh dear!

  35. Jupiter

    Citizen First

    Perhaps you are still suffering from a case of indigestion from the roasted yardfowl you had xmas day,but let me remind you of the central point I was making.

    We are in the mess we’re in because of owen arthur’s no- brainer policy which says:let any body who has money to buy a piece of land,invest in some short term project with perhaps questionable benefit to bajans -COME , once I can a piece of the pie.Never mind whether your action has no long term economic benefit,results in social fall out in this country -YOU COME.

    Let the guyanese come in any numbers if it means by some corrupt measure I can manipulate the system and get their vote which will ensure that I get a 4th term in office.
    The media which is supposed to play a supporting role as the guardians of democracy,should be vigilant in ensuring good governance is observed,the people are not sold for 30 pieces of silver,and wrong-doing and corruption is exposed.

    The academics are there to also protest against wrong doing and to come to us the tax paying public who pay their salaries – and explain to us the implications and potential fallout if any of gov’t policies.They are supposed to make their voices heard at every opportunity available.

    The opposition on the other hand is supposed to be not only the Gov’t in waiting but also the watchdog in society.

    They are being paid directly from the public purse and should be shouting,marching up and down and using every available medium to highlight these wrong doings.

    A half – hearted protest in parliament can never be enough.

    If as they claim they are not getting the coverage by the media,then organise town hall meetings,set up politiacl meetings across the island, organise marches,and even buy radio time and newspaper spaces to voice your concern.

    The important issues too often being left to the ordinary citizens on forum such as this or on the radio call – in programmes.

  36. yatinkiteasy

    So now that everyone has had his/her say on the Mr Fearless Gate(what a name for this case) gated communities, foreign investors, guyaneese ,scarce land, scare water, Bajans versus Barbadians, Owen Arthur, yardfowls, etc….what is actually going to happen?My guess is NOTHING.We are a complacent bunch of people, and Mr Fearless knows he can get away with it, like so many before him….there are so many unapproved buildings, extensions, walls,garages,gazeebos, gates etc on our coastline..(especially the West Coast) that I believe Mr Fearless`s Gate is just another thing that will go away…like Mullins, or the long wall north of Glitter Bay(Royal Pavillion) that blocks access to the beach and even a view of the sea to people who have lived there for years.
    Anyone own a tractor?

  37. John

    Why do the Guyanese come?

    Isn’t one of the reasons to fill the demand for labour in the construction sector.

    Barbados is both land scarce and water scarce, but its development of land depends on water being there to fuel it.

    To me it is clear that construction is a dead end activity and sooner, rather than later it will come to an end, … or be forced to an end.

    So why sink the resources into it? Find other economic activities that have a future and leave the island available for future generations of Barbadians.

    Is the island overcrowded? We have a population growth rate that is close to zero.

    Why do we need to be sinking our resources building inefficient accommodation ……. for who, for what?

  38. John

    YTIE

    I spoke with a friend recently and the tractor idea sounds like it is well within the four corners of the law, once the access is public.

    Didn’t someone, far more important, once use the phrase, “The four corners of the law?”

  39. Jupiter

    John

    Sometimes the things you say,and assert them as hard facts leave me very concerned.

    Firstly,you ask why do guyanese come?Isn’t it to fill the demand for labour in construction?

    No offence john,but what really is your agenda?

    If like most of us who read the newspapers,talk to working class bajans and observe what’s happening on the street,then we will never give such a simplistic false answer as:they come to fill labour in construction.

    Haven’t you heard story,after story of black bajans being sent home and replaced with guyanese,ususally indian guyanese who employers can pay 2/3 the going rate for?

    I have even heard a afro guyanese call in the radio complaining how they were being paid one rate,and some indian guyanese came and undercut them by almost 50% and the black bajan contractor sent them home and that this was a growing practice.
    So what great demand is there that is being filled?Guyanese who are not even skilled artisans are coming and taking up the jobs that bajans are doing because the bajans are refusing to accept a 50% cut in wages.Even yesterday I heard stories of bajans artisans having to go to private bajans homes to correct ‘bad’ work done by so-called ‘skilled guyanese’.
    A close relative of mine this week had a similar problem of a guyanese claiming to have expertise in an area,and knew nothing of which he claimed and botched up the whole job.

    In addition how do you explain the large number of guyanese prostitutes,guyanese sales clerk working in these small indian stores on swan,roebuck and broad streets?

    What about the guyanese who are coming here and begging for work as maids,guyanese who are somehow getting personnel in the ministry of agriculture to give them,and NOT THE BAJANS,permits to vend?

    Secondly,you question how the island could be overcrowded since we have a population growth of zero?

    From what I read in the newspaper,and quoted as official sources,we have a falling population growth,but we also have a problem where the non-national birth rates are far outstripping that of the bajans.

    As far as I am concerned,you are again trying to neatly sidestep the issue or dismiss it without bringing facts.

    From my observation, B’dos is in serious trouble because of this unchecked immigration policy of owen arthur and as was quoted in the Dec.8th 2006 edition of ‘the broad street journal’, by a mortgage specialist, one of the fallout will be the unavalibility of land for bajans “which will lead to social unrest”.

    A word to the wise is sufficent.

  40. Mile and a Quarter

    Jupiter you are onto something as far quality of alleged Guyanese artisans go.I am hearing more and more about shabby work by guyanese artisans in carpentry,masonry, painting etc. My question is who checks the bona fides of these people? Were they trained and graduated with diplomas like at SJPPT? Are they experienced? Most that you see walking around jauntily look young. Who checks their resumes and qualifications? Is it Immigration? Is it the employers?Is it Faria? Well we know Faria will give them all thumbs up. As BFP said and I am in total agreement the entire guyanese situation is out of control. Barbados is our country,developed and built by our forefathers and us. Its our absolute constitutional right that we demand that GOB supply answers and rework its immigration policies. I am not anti guyanese merely pro Bajan.

  41. John

    Jupiter
    December 26th, 2006 at 5:39 pm
    John

    “Sometimes the things you say,and assert them as hard facts leave me very concerned.

    Firstly,you ask why do guyanese come?Isn’t it to fill the demand for labour in construction?

    No offence john,but what really is your agenda?”

    No offence Jupiter but, talk about a misquote!!!!

    Go back and read what I wrote!! Put in the words you omitted from what I wrote and start again!

    “Secondly,you question how the island could be overcrowded since we have a population growth of zero?

    From what I read in the newspaper,and quoted as official sources,we have a falling population growth,but we also have a problem where the non-national birth rates are far outstripping that of the bajans.

    As far as I am concerned,you are again trying to neatly sidestep the issue or dismiss it without bringing facts.”

    Again, go back and read what I wrote!! Put in the words you omitted from what I wrote and start again!

    Then check Appendix A-30 of the Barbados Economic and Social Report 2005 for the years 1985 to 2005. The rate of population growth of the Resident Population by year varies between 0.1 and 0.6%.

    You can get an Economic and Social Report at the Government printery department. It is available to John Public!!

    I was hoping someone might suggest that the new housing being built is not out of need, but mainly as an investment vehicle and that they would have fallen to the possibility that as an invesment, housing may not be wise if we are at the limit of water production.

    Running water will be a determining factor in standard of life, and attractiveness of the new house.

    I think our investment in new housing should be out of need, and you can quote me on that.

  42. John

    …. and Jupiter

    When you get the report, look at Appendix 28, page A-28. It lists water consumption 1985 to 2005.

    It is startling, and all 30 politicians sit in Parliament and brandish this report!!!

    They seem to have missed it too!!

    We should worry!!

  43. ILLUMINATOR

    Who does hire the Guyanese , Guyanese , NO OUR OWN BAJANS . Thats what we need to remember , its bajans that do the hiring . It’s mainly Bajan contractors that do the hiring .
    Sometimes Bajans even go to Guyana to look for workers , who’s fault is that.
    Wait to Globlisation hit , then ya goin really see some fun bout here . Then any part of the world it would be legal to get workers from .Workers who will accept piss poor wages and pissier conditions , since that will be a whole lot better than what they are accustomed to .

  44. ILLUMINATOR

    Wait till Globalisation hit , then ya goin see some fun bout here. Workers from any part of the world who will accept piss poor wages and pissier conditions , as these will probably be alot better than what they are accustomed to.

  45. John

    Jupiter

    Check the Nation this morning and what FAO has to say!!

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/319373050368009.php

    Then go and check Appendix 28 as I suggested and ask yourself how 30 supposedly well educated people could sit down and let it happen to their own country!!

    We want the MLP!! Give us the MLP!!

  46. Rumplestilskin

    As I said above, I fully agree with you John. Only an extremely shortsighted, dense or ‘alternative agenda’ individual or group of individuals could place more priority on a $150million plus flyover programme than on a desal programme in Barbados.

    But, that is it. Flyovers for our cars and then a new sugar plant for our ‘ahem’ revived sugar industry?

    We be chasing our tails.

    Lets hope the election comes sooner than later and that Thompy sorts our priorities out.

    I would go as far as to say, that the DLP should make it clear now that they will use all legal means to get out of BLP sponsored pre-existing contracts if they win the election.

    This will ensure that citizens know that priorities will be assessed and be an attempt to avoid (despite what has already transpired) the DLP grappling with the BLP heavy-debt mess and contracts signed just before the election.

  47. Lady Anon

    I think the difference with places like Royal Westmoreland is that it is a private concern in that the whole mob-a-ton of land was purchased from the man that owns Black Bess Quarry and was marketed as a private community.

    That is so completely different from buying a piece of land that has an access road built by govt and then putting a gate and saying the road is yours.

    Hey…that is a good idea! The pple who live around kensington should put a gate and say it is a private road!

    I am just being facetious in case anyone is taking me seriously!

  48. Jupiter

    John

    According to what I read on Page 3 of the nation newspaper Barbados is one of a list of countries withdrawing water faster than it is replenshing it.

    So john,my argument being that if we continue to overcrowd Barbados with 35,000 guyanese,10,000 jamaicans,27,ooo -30,000 british (which is the figures given by them),15 – 20,000 vincentians,15,000 st lucians,10,000 trinis etc etc
    Then it is obvious the increase in population will result in an increase in the consumption of water.Since we depend mainly on rainfall to replenish our water supply,it stands to reason that the heavy drain on the water supply,without excessive rain will result in problems.

    N.B. this sudden surge in population occurred during owen arthur’s watch ie over the last 10 years or so.

    Re the population question you will notice the figures quoted has moved from the fairly static 250,ooo to 260,000 or 270,000 depending on which gov’t minister you’re talking to,so the population is indeed increasing not declining,it’s just that it is increasing by non nationals a large number of whom are illegal.

    Now tell me,how can a gov’t who can’t (or perhaps won’t) tell us how many guyanese,vincentians etc legal or illegal are here in barbados,how canthey plan for our water supply,garbage disposal,housing stock,hospital beds,school places,transportation etc.

    I therefore maintain:THAT WE MUST DEAL WITH THE QUESTION OF OVERCROWDING AND THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – FAST,FAST,FAST – OR ELSE.

  49. Peter

    This is tangential, but the issue of land and water use has been raised. It has been said that Barbados has been withdrawing water faster than we can replenish it? There has been a 4 inch burst main gushing thousands of gallons of water underneath Kellman road, just outside Six Men’s for 5 days now. It has eroded a hole in the road about 5 feet deep and probably about 30 cubic feet and growing. The only thing that has been done about it was that MTW placed a barrel in the hole and a ‘Caution open manhole’ sign. It is as if the Government just does not give a damn and no one is accountable for anything. Does the Barbados Water Authority not have an emergency repair crew? And if not, why not? If I were the PM, I would be firing people over at BWA. St.Peter, I believe, is the PM’s constituency. But then again, The road and water main damage damage is on Kellman road, the main thoroughfare to Dennis Kellman’s business at Half Moon Fort and his constituency office at Pie Corner. So why hurry, right? Disgusting.

  50. Jerome Hinds

    No clear policy on any public matter has been shown by this BLP administration ! So it is not alarming to see systems and institutions falling apart while Owen Arthur travel the Caribbean on his ‘CSME AIRLINE’ but when all is said and done what will be the rewards for Barbadians ???

    Answer : A country with decayed social services and a population teeming with tension.

    What are the likely consequences ?

    Answer : Social upheaval .

    By that time Owen and his minions would already be in Cuba or Venezuela with their ‘boys’ Castro and Chavez.

  51. yatinkiteasy

    More than 50 % of the posts above have nothing to do with Mr Fearless and his Gate..Remember ?..and this is why he will get away with it…everyone shooting off on a tangent, more concerned with Guyanese workers than the Englishman with his (probably) illegal Gate.

  52. Out Dey In Bim

    Just heard on VOB Brasstacks,that the gate in Porters has been taken down.It is also alleged that a reporter might have been assaulted.

    Mr Larry tatem is on the air discussing it now.

    Taken together with the post on B’dos in the UK Daily Mail,and the quote that there are over 27,000 brits living here I think that it is time someone address the right of bajans citizens in their own land.

    We welcome visitors and others who have legal standing in this country,but we bajans are not prepared to allow owen arthur or any non national british,guyanese or trinis to treat us as second class citizens in our own home.

  53. Peter

    Being a resident of the area and having some background to events as they unfolded what I can say that even from the time Mr.Fearless was instructed by the police to unlock and leave the gates open he contiunued to do as he wanted to by constantly closing the gates with total disregard to the laws of the land.
    This man has proved to be extremely arrogrant and bombastic in all our dealings with him to the point of he even naming the street and erecting signs with a name that he saw fit.

    We have to ask was he aided and abbeted in his actions it may well be that he has received the blessing of those in higher authority?
    The next course of action if the Govt is serious about these maters must surely the removar of the barrier at the top of the gap of COLONY CLUB AND HERON Bay this must not continue to be allowed happen in this fair land of ours.

  54. It is good to hear from Peter that this matter had already been in police hands and they had enough knowledge of the law with respect to the property concerned to order him to keep the gate unlocked and open.

    In such circumstances it seems surprising that Mr Tatum took the law into his own hands and did not refer it back to the police?

    It always seems a shame that property should be damaged when the law could take its own course. Apart from the gateposts being destroyed, media reports mentioned that vehicles also suffered damage.

  55. fact finder

    I have managed to speak some of the residents involved.
    They are willing to speak as they say no one came to help and no one is reporting there side of the story.

    At least 20 residents have deeds to property on Mango drive. TATUM DOES NOT.

    Trouble started when a neighbor blocked his road by diggin a trench, (not reported)

    This effectively only gave pedestrian access to the Tatum property, prior to this water had been cut off by another person adjacent.

    The gates were open and then closed by thugs to be demolished. two residents stood in front of there respective properties which consequently received damage (not reported)

    We called police no one came in an acceptable time,(over 1hr)

    We are seeking advised in the UK, with evidences compiled by neighbors and hopefully we can resolve this horrendous experience.

    Tatum claims he was acting on advise from lawyers if this can be proved we will be suing the law firm in question.

    We obviously have no rights here that much as been made clear, however off the Island is a different matter, and No UK or Canadians will be investing in any Tatum development.

    This incident concerns us all who have a legal right to there property.
    All protection of property, and the safety of families, should come first in any democratic society.

    Obivously for legal reasons we can not report the details of proceedings

  56. foreign investor

    Good work fact finder
    The residents involved need effective press coverage (which is unlikely in Barbados because who is in control of the local media and press?).

    “No UK or Canadians will be investing in any Tatum development”.
    Do not see how you can stop them unless the issue is taken up internationally other prospective foreign investors will not know until it is too late about the land (wheeling and) dealing situation which is (completely out of control) going on in Barbados and which is carefully monitored, directed and overseen by some of the most senior politicians and other people in authority.

    I watch this developing story with interest and look forward to accurate details.

  57. fact finder

    I would like to see them stop the british press?

    If they do it time to go!

  58. This whole post makes fascinating reading, if you go back through it. It would be an ideal case-study for a social studies seminar, expressing as it does righteous indignation and passion for good and sometimes uninformed reasons.

    The more we hear, the less definite it becomes. There seems to be quite some history to the fracas. But at least we know that Fearless Fairless has agreed to settle out of court for damage to the photographer and his camera, and the police charge for assault has been dropped.

    There is a long list of “facts” that still seem uncertain. The lawyers of the opposing factions will have to sort those out at their leisure, and are likely to be the only ones to benefit.

    Meanwhile we have a bad taste in our mouth about foreigners coming into our island to invest in a tropical home, not looking for trouble, but finding themselves in real confusion. They are unfamiliar with our “mores” and sometimes get bad advice (not from lawyers so much as well-meaning, but ignorant,friends).

    Chief Town Planner can’t be expected to prevent every little dispute over gates, and rights of way etc. He and his staff are not even involved with the covenants that pertain to properties. When building permission is sought, he will apply the rules. If permission is not sought, he may not even hear about it, unless neighbours lodge a complaint.

    Perhaps lawyers have an obligation to advise oversea investors to tread carefully when they become property-owners here. If, as a result of foreigners’ unfamiliarity with local practice, irate neighbours take the law into their own hands, the Rule of Law can easily break down into vigilante justice. We don’t want that.

    If it’s any consolation every home being bought/built by a non-national will probably be sold by them when they die. Their children are not going to live and work here. These homes may well revert to Barbadian hands. This is not true of other Caribbean islanders who will come here with their families to stay and form part of the permanent local scene.

    Perhaps we could accept with a good grace the inflow of foreign exchange wealthy foreigners enjoy spending on their villas, knowing that they are only transients. That is the “business” Barbados finds itself in these days. I doubt we can afford to be “xenophobic”- if that is the right word, every time a non-black expatriate inadvertantly steps out of line. Such matters should be resolvable amicably.

  59. opposition

    Pandora
    A charming and elegant letter,
    You are absolutely right apart from your assumption that amicable results can be achieved when dealing with out of control thugs (also well connected)

  60. FRED

    For Clarity no cars where damaged in the removal of the gates and no one was hurt other than maybe Mr .Fearless himself when he proceeded to attack the camera man who responded by delivering two punches to Mr.Fearless’s face.
    Secondly there is no such road as Mango Drive this street was apparently named by the said Mr.Fearless
    Tatum ( I Believe he is referring to Mr.Tatem)claims he was acting on advise from lawyers if this can be proved we will be suing the law firm in question???? Mr .Fearless was never right in his judgement to erect the gates in the first place just an arrogrant act of contempt.
    I sincerely hope that he seeks to get in line with town and country planning requirements and remove the other things that he needs to remove before to much longer and avoid the need to bring him before the courts again for non compliance.
    It is a real pity when we allow people of this ilk to ride rough shod over law abiding citizens of this island purely for the sake of their money.

  61. Wishing in Vain

    Fact Finder who happens to be the one Mr Fearless,
    What a load of nonsense you write, the Tatem clan operated within the law you a_s unlike you, you erected gates to block the right of way of ordinary Barbadians to prevent them from walking thru what you were selling as Condo’s in a gated community in a private cul-de- sac see the link as is appears on the net below-: Blue Ocean Realty – Barbados
    This townhouse development known as Mango Court is located in a quiet cul-de-sac called Mango Drive in the parish of St. James. Mango Drive is within clos. …
    http://www.blueoceanbarbados.com/sales.cfm?tk=Development – 150k – Cached – Similar pages. Yes this is what you advertised on the web what you thought us stupid Barbadians would not see it or learn about your scheme to make it your private playground.
    And the gates were removed because of your arrogance to do what you wanted to do, you were not prepared to take sensible advice from anyone including that from Mr Tatem, Barbados is as neighbourly as anywhere else in the world but is as aggressive as any when people of your type try to terrorise and take away from people what they have been entitled to for many a year.
    While on the subject of breaking the laws of Barbados can you let us know when you intend to take corrective action with regards to your encroachment onto the beach at your lonestar restaurant location this is quite a serious matter which has engaged the attention of the chief town planner maybe you should try to fall into line with the laws of the land and avoid having to pay
    Mr B Gale as often as you seem to be doing because of your arrogance and ignorance of the laws of Barbados which do not permit you to ride rough shod and abuse the rights of people.
    Fearless do not feel for a moment that during your time away from the island that by the time you return that all will be well with you and the people of Barbados this is far from the case you have many questions to respond to and one of these maybe what is your connection to the PM and what has he promised you in return for you financing, the ok to erect these gates and the ok to permit your encroachment onto the beach at your restaurant?
    Always remember we the citizens hold the power of the people and will take whatever measures we deem necessary to keep our freedoms and rights in tact and safe from abuse such as you attempt administer to we the silly people of Barbados.
    When you smarten up and learn to live in perfect harmony with Barbadians life will improve in Barbados for you not before this happens.

  62. Wishing in Vain

    It sounds like more corruption is involved here again now to, is this man right in his head? and what is his connection to Owing? to have all these privileges.

  63. Jerome Hinds

    We need to keep an eye on Owen’s bank account, then…..!!!

  64. Wishing in Vain

    These people are using the fact that polticians can be bought for their own gains.

  65. Fred

    Mr Fearless from reports reaching me today I now understand that you are looking to reerect these same gates, you have got to be some arrogrant idiot indeed, did you not find yourself in enough hot water the last time you attempted your nonsense? Do you want to return to the holding cells at holetown police station to spend another night? This can certainly be arranged for you with no problem at all.
    Folks see what we are dealing with in this country nowadays people can buy politicians and dictate to these politicians in no small way because of their level of wealth.
    While on the subject of obstructions any movement with the barrier at Blamford’s / Colony Club gap?

  66. Wishing in Vain

    Oh Fearless when will those illegal street signs be removed??

  67. Fred

    On the subject of corruption but it maybe a little off subject.
    We have a developing story in Porters St.James would any of you believe that after so much trouble the last time with the residents of the area we now have a new development where this same man Eddie Fearless has now taken it upon himself to reerect these gates in the same location as the last ones.
    I understand that he is a good friend of both Owing and Dereck Smith of Sandy Lane fame is this why he is allowed to do as he wants in this island and not confronted??
    Where is the Nation where is the Advocate when things like this are taking place??
    Actually where is the representive for the area when these things are happening please tell me.
    We are quickly becoming second class citzens in our own land Mr Owing or Mr Thopmson please assist us in keeping these lands open and free for us Barbadians to appreciate and so to for tourist to appreciate but not to be taken for granted.

  68. From Porters with Love

    As recently as this last Saturday we had another flare up of tempers with regard to these gates / chains across the road, with one of the foreign tennants hurling abuse at another resident of the area for turning their vehicle around on the road in front of his apartment the police were called but by the time they arrived the foreigner had fled the island and left on a flight to London that same evening.
    When this issue first broke there was a team from Town and Country Planning, Housing and Lands, Land Tax about 10 of these gov’t officials met with a view to acquire the land to turn this road into a public road this is a mere 10 months ago and we would be expecting too much to have moved forward in this limited time frame, however it is my belief that they need to make a serious concerted effort to deal with this issue without wasting too much more time as the tempers are flaring and I fear that someone will get seriously hurt based on what transpired on Saturday.
    The representative for the area Rawle Eastmond has not been heard, smelt or seen and despite numerous attempts to make contact with him he has skillfully ducked each one of them, we need him to at least take a telephone call to give us an update on where they were at in connection with turning this road into a public road thereby eliminating the blockage be it gates or be it chains from across the road.
    Mr Minister I fear that if you do not remove your finger from up there and get cracking on this pressing issue someone will get very badly hurt.
    You need to get moving on this sooner rather than later you have dragged your feet for 10 months already please lift them and do something meaningful for people who live in your area.
    While you are at it look at the buildings in Queens Fort Drive and tell me if these are all legally there?
    I can bet you every cent that I have that they are not legal, who gave the permissions and were these permissions granted because of the woman Sixxt close relationship with Billie ?
    If they were this is sad and they should be revoked right away!!!

  69. From Porters with Love

    As recently as this last Saturday we had another flare up of tempers with regard to these gates / chains across the road, with one of the foreign tennants hurling abuse at another resident of the area for turning their vehicle around on the road in front of his apartment the police were called but by the time they arrived the foreigner had fled the island and left on a flight to London that same evening.
    When this issue first broke there was a team from Town and Country Planning, Housing and Lands, Land Tax about 10 of these gov’t officials met with a view to acquire the land to turn this road into a public road this is a mere 10 months ago and we would be expecting too much to have moved forward in this limited time frame, however it is my belief that they need to make a serious concerted effort to deal with this issue without wasting too much more time as the tempers are flaring and I fear that someone will get seriously hurt based on what transpired on Saturday.
    The representative for the area Rawle Eastmond has not been heard, smelt or seen and despite numerous attempts to make contact with him he has skillfully ducked each one of them, we need him to at least take a telephone call to give us an update on where they were at in connection with turning this road into a public road thereby eliminating the blockage be it gates or be it chains from across the road.
    Mr Minister I fear that if you do not remove your finger from up there and get cracking on this pressing issue someone will get very badly hurt.
    You need to get moving on this sooner rather than later you have dragged your feet for 10 months already please lift them and do something meaningful for people who live in your area.
    While you are at it look at the buildings in Queens Fort Drive and tell me if these are all legally there?
    I can bet you every cent that I have that they are not legal, who gave the permissions and were these permissions granted because of the woman Sixxt close relationship with Billie ?
    If they were this is sad and they should be revoked right away!!

  70. From Porters with Love

    How do we get the minister to get into action and address this matter?

  71. factfinder

    WELL WELL WHAT A LOAD OF MUCK STURRING NO-GOODERS!

    DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE RESIDENTS IN MANGO DRIVE ARE OVER 65?

    NO OF COUSRE YOU DON´T AND THAT A CERTAIN FAMILY PAID FOR BY LARRY TATUM CAUSING ALL SORTS OF TROUBLE WITH THERE CARS AND DOGS DON´T EVEN REALISE THERE PROPERTY IN GOING DOWN IN PRICE!

    WELL THEN, EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT SO LETS LET THE BAJAN OWNER OF THE ROAD PUT HIS CHAIN UP AND LIVE IN PEACE!

  72. Anonymous

    Fact Finder you are obviously a very disturbed person , why would you get so hyper and disjointed and not even live in the area.

    If they are all over 65 that is great for them, they will soon be enjoying retirement maybe you should hope to reach that milestone as well and drink a rum and chill, chill my friend chill, life is to short.

    The rest of your blog is garbled and confused maybe you are already having a rum if so good for you enjoy.
    Worry not about other peoples house values you study yours my friend.

    Based on my recall the guy Fearless is a bit of scamp and a bully in the area, did he not spend a night in the holding cell at Holetown?

    Was he not charged for assault and did he not pay $ 50,000.00 to a cameraman for his moment of passion?

    Did the gates that he illegally erected not get removed and pushed down in very quick time by Mr Tatem?

    Does he not have some pending issues with Town and Country Planning with beach encroachment with his restaurant the Lonestar?

    Sounds to me there are more negatives than positives with this person than they are worth.
    This is just another example of why we need a more active bunch of ministers of gov’t people like these come here and ride rough shod over local people and feel that they can do it because they pay the politicians healthy pension cheques.

    FactFinder you need not worry about the goings ons in the area you worry about where you reside in the meanwhile have a rum if that works for you?

    Or do you want something stronger than a rum to give you a high?

  73. factfinder

    Rum will be fine are you buyin?

  74. factfinder this is for you???

    Vanishing views of the ocean
    Web Posted – Sun Dec 09 2007
    On the Editorial page of the December 3, 2007 Barbados Advocate, there was a column written by Nicholas Cox about the disappearance of our Windows to the Sea.
    Barbados has always been known for its lovely beaches, among other attractions. This past year or two we have noticed lovely houses along the West Coast being sold for condominiums, and one wonders if they all have been sold and how much revenue they are going to bring into the island.

    Hotels employ a staff which gives employment to the locals. Condos, when and if sold, will more likely be used as holiday places which will be closed up when not in use, with no revenue coming in and less employment. The worst part of this sudden splurge is that it has taken away all the beauty of our special island and leaves very little entry to the beach and sea for the locals, although our beaches are not private.

    So does this mean the locals and others have to ask permission to enter their properties to get to our beaches? One drives along the St. Peter, St. James and Hastings areas (to name a few) and there is no view of the sea, only wooden fences blocking the scenery while the construction goes on. Personally, I think it is greed! I have already heard many repeat, long-staying visitors saying that if we get like Spain and other over-developed countries, spoilt by condos and high rise buildings, they will not return. Apart from the tourist aspect of the problem, how do we know that these high rise buildings are not going to affect our coral stone levels of land (and the coral reefs) with all the drilling and digging going on? Interesting!

    Jean Ellison

  75. Blue Ocean Realty in BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS looks to be a good one.