Developing… Gate At Porters Taken Down – Possible Assault Of Reporter

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Comment just posted by a BFP reader Out Dey In Bim regarding situation described in our previous article Foreign Land Developer Blocks Public Road, Nation Newspaper Prints Excellent Story – Now What Will The Barbados Government Do?

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.

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134 responses to “Developing… Gate At Porters Taken Down – Possible Assault Of Reporter

  1. ross

    There are other public accessess which are being blocked by people who consider themselves powerful or close to power.

  2. Jerome Hinds

    It was about time this gate came down.

  3. Rumplestilskin

    Watch the 7:00pm news. Allegedly someone came with a tractor to move the gate and there was some altercation, with reporter phopographing the gate allegedly assaulted.

    If indeed the gate was illegally built, this could be interpreted as being a warning to those who would act contrary to our laws and customs that bajans will not tolerate such.

    In my opinion it also reflects bajan attitude towards the erosion of their access rights, which in turn could perhaps be interpreted as a warning to thos ein authority that effective beach accesses etc should not be eroded or dire consequences could result.

    All should act carefully and thoughtfully, respecting the rights of others.

  4. Hants

    Rumplestilskin…. you obviously understand the threat that faces Barbados.
    All is not well in Bim.
    Expatriates need to be forced to respect Barbados and Barbadians.
    This incident should have been resolved by the Police under the direction of the Town Planning Department. Barbados is not the wild west.

    It is time the Prime Minister makes a statement to let all know that the laws of Barbados applies to Expatriates and Investors as well as to Barbadians.

  5. Rumplestilskin

    Hi Hants. I agree that some are oblivious to the difficulties many face today here. When people are facing financial strife, removing simple ‘freedoms’ such as perceived road access and beach access just adds fuel to the fire and gosh knows where that will lead.

    You are bang on when you note that the Police and planning department should have acted on this as appropriate. We can only surmise as to why such never materialised. Now the situation has catalysed into something worse. Inaction breeds problems.

    I would suggest that the Govenrment not only make a reference to the application of laws, but gurantee to us, the citizens, that all areas of public access such as National Parks, general areas of ‘liming’ for years, beach access will be EFFECTIVELY maintained.

    I stress effective, as one can subtly remove access, intentionally or not, by building ‘public conveniences’ and stalls such as has been done at the Pebble and at Dover, limiting parking facility and thus making it that much more difficult for locals to reach the beach, unless one lives very near.

    This is even more of a travesty as it is not a foreign investor allegedly doing such in ignorance or otherwise, but actually a Government statutory board i.e. NCC or BTA, doing this building, whether intentionally or otherwise.

    Thus, maybe Government should take the lead morally and be an example on this issue, rather than just applying the legal requirements to the rest of us, locals and visitors alike.

  6. Why does the Prime Minister have to make a statement? You getting on like Barbados is two bit Banana republic. We know it is not, But Mr. Fearless, some other British compatriots and others seem to think it is. We need to treat these light sking Law breakers the way we treated Mick Jagger one time girl friend or wife Jerry Hall. From the time the Police told him to remove the lock and he did not comply he should have been arrested for disobeying a lawfull order. We as a country have refuse to apply the law to persons base on their social standing. A lot of expatriates has seen plenty a white people in Barbados breaking the law and not being held accountable. They saw Peter Morgan destroy property of the crown up at a round about. They saw Phillip Pile snubbing his nose at the due process of time honoured Labour practices in Barbados, they saw Two white men beat a lil black boy and nearly got away with it, they saw the Sledgley’s charge for racial incitement on a highway and walk away from justice. They saw a halfwhite columbian escape, so they say from Glendairy, never to be seen again, they saw Eddie D’andrade a highbrown sking man wid striaght hair, steal from hard working Bajans and walk way, back to Canada. The list is long and one-sided. I have said it with regard to race relations, and i will say with regards to applying the law without fear of favour, Members of the landed gentry need to held to higher standard in both these areas. There is a significant lack of personal responsibility coming from some members of this group.

  7. Peeping

    Adrian dont forget the white man cant remember his name who skipped island owing millions. I recall he was German. Then Attorney Aeneral David Simmons promised to have him extradited back to Barbados. That never happened and he is still on the lam.He was manager of Kings Beach Hotel in St.Peter.

  8. barrister

    We saw lawlessness unprecedented in a civilised country with the behavior of these people, it is a shame that local police and politicians can not see that the development is not for any local? these properties start at 1.5 million US hardly suited to the average local bajan,?

    The repercussions of this will go global and do a great deal of harm to future investment in the condo market, a sad day for law and order and Barbados.

  9. visitor

    My god what is this place?.
    Gangland wars over access to open land.

    Investigations into money laundering and stolen property might be more appropriate, racist attach’s
    seem to be an excuse and provide smoke and mirrors to the real problems, which is far closer to home.

    Where visitors spent money in the local community they will now spend it on security and other distinations.

    A sadly disappointed visitor

  10. Well wisher

    Larry Tatum and his cronnies fell on there own sword today!! ah ah,

  11. On Dec 24 “Littleboy56” reported that Larry Tatum had previously put a chain across this road, claimed it was private and denied Ms Margaret Skinner access to a property she was renovating.

    It, therefore, seems ironic that LT should be the one to take the law into his own hands.

    Meanwhile Fearless is to answer a charge of interfering with a press photographer in the conduct of his duties, or assault, or something. This could have been resolved amicably, surely? We don’t have to resort to vigilante justice.

  12. WHITE MAN

    Adrian, your race baiting is pathetic. Go get some sleep. Criminals of all colours and stripes reside in Barbados and you know it. BTW ‘Peeping’, he was, I believe, and please anyone correct me if I am wrong, Walter Matheson, and he skipped Bim owing plenty of WHITE Bajans money as well. And Adrian, you complaining bout a half-white Columbian escaping Glendairy when Winston Hall roam free for years after killing white man Sisnett with a shotgun blast to the throat? Was he REALLY such a skilled escape artist? You ever hear of whitish printer Fred Cole beaten to death with a chair leg at his home in the Pine in ’86 (1/2 mile from Highgate, not by white people)? Spin your sh*t somewhere else bro. This issue is not about race, it is about Nationhood. Tractorman, good on ya!

  13. Hants

    Barrister says

    “a great deal of harm to future investment in the condo market, a sad day for law and order and Barbados.”

    The only thing sad about this is that the gate should never have been built.

    Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear.

  14. fact finder

    Can we please get our facts right?

    It is Mr Eddie Fairless not fearless!.

    This is not a public road but a no through road just like all the other adjacent roads!

    Larry Tatum does not own it?

    The owner is Mr Keith Smith and before that it belonged to his mother who bought it in 1936.

    For the benefit of those like ‘peeping’ Mr Smith is Black!.

    She gave permission to Mr Tatum to have access to his then Emerald Palm restaurant for as long as it was in business, this failed some 5yrs ago.

    Larry Tatum closed the road when the restaurant failed.

    Keys to his chain were never given to any residents in the road.

    Only pedestrian access was to be allowed after this.

    Mr tatum has no other access to the site sold for development and stands to loose millions of US dollars if he can not intimidate the residents into allowing through traffic.

    This is not going to happen.

  15. Hants

    fact finder: You should also add the Fact that Minister Rawle Eastmond has initiated a process for Government to make the road public. He may or may not be sucessful.

    While I find the idea of a gated community repugnant and would never live in one, I think that people should be allowed to make that choice.

    I hope those who do so will make their communities SELF sufficient with their own Fire Equiment (like the plantations used to do),paramedic equipment and travel with a first aid kit in their luxury cars.

  16. Reality Breck

    Do we not all live in a gated community? There are gates at the seaport and at the airport. To regulate all the CSME riffraff, right Hants? Lets hand out fire extinguishers and first-aid kits as they arrive with their trade tools. And maybe a blanket and toothbrush.

  17. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    All’s well that ends well…but this “thing” aint done yet!
    Racial or not, Fearless needed to be put in his place, and the Prime Minister is Minister in charge of Town & Country Planning . He is obligated to make a statement re the blockades all aloong the west coast.
    The Democratic labour candidates Austin Husbands and Donville Inniss lead a group of protestors a few months ago to the beach access between Heron Bay and Colony Club. Anthony Bamford, an Englishman has put up a barrricade there. His spokeswoman said it would be removed as soon as the construction was finished. It is still up!
    It should never have been placed there in the first place.
    Neither Rawle Eastmond, the representative, nor the PM had a word to say.
    I wonder if the tractor driver can come to Heron Bay tomorrow?

  18. Justasking

    It seems that there is more to this than meets the eye. Is it really about access for locals or a fight between the high and mighty over development?

    “Fact Finder” can you give us some more information?

  19. Getting BYE

    Adrian,
    You back on Goodridge and son?

    I got new information for you regarding that case.
    You may want to check out whether your “lil black boy” who was allegedly beat was in actuallity the lil boy you profess or a 6′-2″ individual with a record of violence who had been kicked out of school due to the same behaviour.

    Can’t you get proper information on what is happening from abroad? You must be asking all the wrong questions. Not that I am surprised since you only have one motive: proliferate underhanded racism.

    Time to stop condoning bad behaviour because someone is a black or white, or light Adrian, and admit that unfortunately Barbados does not have the necessary capabilities at the Government Industrial School to rehabilitate these type of individuals as evidenced by your “lil black boy.”

    p.s. Hate that term “lil black boy”why must we always minimize and victimize ourselves -We can stand counted now you know Adrian.

  20. Jane

    It is about time all Barbadians stood up for their rights in relation to Barbados’ land because those in authority who sit in the House of Assembly appear not to be doing the job taxpayers are paying them to do.

    What example is being set by a government in respecting the laws of the land when the Government of Barbados itself flagrantly disregards the law by failing to pass an Amended Physical Development Plan in Parliament which is required (BY LAW) every 5 years?

    This plan is supposed to be a public document which indicates to everyone what plans the Government has for all of the land in Barbados. Without a plan nobody, except a privileged few, knows what is the proposed use of the land. This has obviously led to all sorts of confusion and problems.

    A humble request to the caring Ministers in the Government of Barbados – PLEASE TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN IS COMPLETED AND PASSED THROUGH PARLIAMENT BEFORE THIS SITUATION DETERIORATES ANY FURTHER!

  21. ross

    To find out more about land problems in Barbados ask Nurse, Broome, Parsons, Knox, Toppin, Colby, Watson, Babb, Power, Callendar, Lynch etc. etc. etc. All colours!
    I am sure BFP readers have many more names to add to this list.

  22. titilayo

    The Physical Development Plan was passed earlier this year, I believe, and is available from the Town Planning Office, for a fee. The Table of Contents is also available for download on the Town Planning website. I suppose that work is/should be underway for the next amendment of the plan.

  23. fact finder

    The inaccurate reporting may have repercussions far beyond the pearly gates!.

    If this lawlessness is permitted by anyone all investment in Barbados good or bad will suffer,

    Example: Starcom reported Mr Tatum bought the road 3yrs ago?

    Then the next day they said Mr Tatum owned the road from 1983?

    Resident feared for there lives, no report was made on this not even by the police?

    \Mr Fairless (not fearless as reported) was carted away after being assaulted ?

    All this will soon reach international news.

    Compulsory purchase of this road by officials backing local thugs, will seriously effect the Islands status

  24. Jane

    “The Physical Development Plan was passed earlier this year”

    titilayo where did you get this info and who passed it?

  25. Red Lake Lassie

    Titilayo said ” The Table of Contents is also available for download on the Town Planning website.”

    Town Planning has a website? Where? What is the URL Titilayo. I’ve searched for it at Govt Information Service website and nothing. Searched google, yahoo msn – nothing.

    What is the URL of the Barbados Town Planning Website please?

  26. Red Lake Lassie

    I see the index to a “Physical Development Plan – Amended 2003” but it is just an index. No content.
    No indication if it is a draft or finished document or if it was presented to Parliament as required by law and passed/accepted.

    I searched on Barbados Free Press search window and found they put up a story on this:

    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2006/10/02/barbados-chief-town-planners-actions-say-rule-of-law-not-important/

    From our “Everybody knows but nobody cares” files, this little gem (Gem… get it?) of a quote just popped out of a story in today’s Barbados Advocate…

    “Under the Town Planning Act, the Chief Town Planner has a legal responsibility every five years to produce a development plan. Since the 1965 act, only two such plans were laid in Parliament, the 1970 and 1986 plans.”

    Yup, come and invest here folks. If we don’t like a law that adds to good governance and accountability – we just ignore it, and the government lets us get away with it.

    And… where the h*** are Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition on this?

    Yes, sometimes I do despair…

    Barbados Advocate article link: Release The Land

  27. titilayo

    As I said, the Table of Contents of the Physical Development Plan, i.e. the index, is available online. The full document is available in hard copy, for a fee (don’t know how much).

    I got the information about the PDP via acquaintances who work in the field . I’ve seen (but not read) a copy, and it doesn’t say “Draft” and it’s being distributed as an official Government document (draft documents are generally not made available to the public in this manner). The subtitle indicated that it’s “Amended 2003”. I thought it was approved by Parliament not too long ago in 2006 but someone else tells me that it was approved in 2005. Not sure which is correct.

    Okay, wait, I just called Town Planning and asked a question; the helpful guy there told me it was approved by Parliament within the last month or so, and it’s available from the Government Printery for $200. (!!!!!!!)

  28. WHITE MAN Says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 5:06 am
    Adrian, your race baiting is pathetic. Go get some sleep. Criminals of all colours and stripes reside in Barbados and you know it. BTW ‘Peeping’, he was, I believe, and please anyone correct me if I am wrong, Walter Matheson, and he skipped Bim owing plenty of WHITE Bajans money as well. And Adrian, you complaining bout a half-white Columbian escaping Glendairy when Winston Hall roam free for years after killing white man Sisnett with a shotgun blast to the throat? Was he REALLY such a skilled escape artist? You ever hear of whitish printer Fred Cole beaten to death with a chair leg at his home in the Pine in ‘86 (1/2 mile from Highgate, not by white people)? Spin your sh*t somewhere else bro. This issue is not about race, it is about Nationhood. Tractorman, good on ya!
    —————————————————————-
    I will note that you did not take offence to the hue and creed of those person i mentioned, neither did you object to the action they took and the consequences they did not suffer. If that is race baiting then i stand guilty as charge. You don’t have a monopoly on the truth. Thanks for strengthening my argument, that criminals of all colour resides in Barbados, now take this statement and match it up against my comments about the person mentioned, don’t you see a disparity in the application of justice? I do. You mentioned Winston Hall, yes he escape, he escape from the application of justice that place him in legal and lawfull incarceration, and for everytime that he escape he was caught and paid the ultimate price for his antisocial ways. In this case the law worked no problem from my end, can you say that the law worked in the cases that i have cited? what generality can you apply in equal parts to all those cases that saw these person not held accountable for their actions or merely got a slap on the wrist? I say it is their precieve standing in the society, their look and appearance, what says you?

    …..Was Fred Cole murderer ever found? and what ever happened to him?

    It would be better if you don’t understand the core of my arguments to seek such clarity before spewing forth from your misunderstandings. My argument is and has always been, Law breakers of any colour, hue, creed, should be held to account for their deeds. Are you seemly arguing against that?

  29. BFP Cliverton

    $200 for a copy of the Physical Development Plan – Well, that should keep those stupid citizens from ever seeing it!

    Says everything about the intents of this Government.

    The same button that hit “Print” could also hit “Convert to PDF” and post it on the web for all to see in about three minutes.

    Can’t have any of that in Barbados, you know!

    (And nevermind what Titalyo was told – let’s see something in writing about when it was passed, the date, the file number. Something. I believe Titilayo was told it – I don’t trust anything we are “told” by Town Planning unless it is in writing)

    Can I have an “Amen” on that?

  30. Getting BYE says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:46 pm
    Adrian,
    You back on Goodridge and son?
    —————–

    Has the case been concluded? if not then it is still current and in need of our attention. Clearly you have moved on. I prefere not to bury my head in the sand and pretend that it did not happened.
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    Getting BYE says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:46 pm
    I got new information for you regarding that case.
    You may want to check out whether your “lil black boy” who was allegedly beat was in actuallity the lil boy you profess or a 6′-2″ individual with a record of violence who had been kicked out of school due to the same behaviour.
    ————————————————————-
    I have no idea what society’s laws and due process you are using to opininate as you are. It is against the law of Barbados to cause grevious bodily harm, or assault anyone for ALMOST any reason, even if in self defence you are required to prove this in a court of law. The Poor lil black boy’s alleged criminal pass does not deny him his constitutionaly guaranteed protection from such harm. After serving your sentence for whatever and you are returned to society, you do so with the full benefit of all rights under the constitution.
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    Getting BYE says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:46 pm
    Can’t you get proper information on what is happening from abroad? You must be asking all the wrong questions. Not that I am surprised since you only have one motive: proliferate underhanded racism.
    ——————
    I have no idea what you are hinting at here, but if you are attempting to suggest that i could not possibly be informed on this incident on the sole acount of my foreign location, I say that such is a rouse to distract and invite you to publish the information that i so badly lack and i would greatly appreciate. I would say that it is more likely that you are “fillerbustering”, using all manner of spiralous arguments to stifle if not distract focused attention away from this incident. 😀
    ————————————————————-
    Getting BYE says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:46 pm
    Time to stop condoning bad behaviour because someone is a black or white, or light Adrian, and admit that unfortunately Barbados does not have the necessary capabilities at the Government Industrial School to rehabilitate these type of individuals as evidenced by your “lil black boy.”
    ————
    I do not agree with you that my actions are of condoning any behaviour, and would argue that your attempt here is ample proof that you are condoning the Behaviour of Goodridge and Son. You would not deny that they cause the injuries to the face the “poor lil black boy” would you? and if you don’t then you would agree that they should be held accountable. Sure you do. 😀
    —————————————————————-

    Getting BYE says:
    December 29th, 2006 at 12:46 pm
    p.s. Hate that term “lil black boy”why must we always minimize and victimize ourselves -We can stand counted now you know Adrian.
    ————————————————-
    I hope you don’t think that your likes and dislikes should be on any concern to me.:D maybe I should try to be as picky as you are by asking why would you use the word Hate so liberally? do you have a lot of experience with it. 😀
    Don’t answer. 😀

  31. titilayo

    Well, I’ve seen a copy of the plan myself, with no “draft” in the title, and I know people who have acquired copies (again, $200!!!!!!!). This would not be done, and it would not be distributed in this way, and be available at the Printery, unless it was an approved Government document. Also, as I mentioned, people who work in the field have said to me that it was approved — it was in the context of a joke about how long it had taken and how hard it was to get hold of a copy ($200!!!! I’m still shocked!)

    Still, if you wanted to check, and you don’t trust Town Planning, I guess the Official Gazette would be the best way to confirm that? That contains reports on business/debates conducted in Parliament, no? Can someone confirm that?

  32. BFP Cliverton

    The fact that it is not online says all. Why not put it online?

    What possible legitimate reason is there for a government to not put such an important national document online?

  33. John

    Adrian

    Have not seen anything in the press about Mark Goodridge’s case wich was supposed to have been on 11th December, 2006.

    A while back I did see in the Nation that the boy had been put on two years probation.

    Anyone can find it in the Nation?

  34. John

    “Mr tatum has no other access to the site sold for development and stands to loose millions of US dollars if he can not intimidate the residents into allowing through traffic.”

    WOW and double WOW.

    You mean Mr. Fearless/Fairless might actually have done the residents a favour in calling attention to the plans?!!!

  35. Hants

    BFP …. I hope you guys are listening Down to Brasstacks on VOB.
    I am in stunned by the statements of Minister Rawle Eastmond.
    Will comment later.

  36. John

    We may actually be watching a feud between two big able men unfolding before our eyes!!

    Wish the Nation could get its facts right!!

  37. John

    titilayo

    “Well, I’ve seen a copy of the plan myself, with no “draft” in the title, and I know people who have acquired copies (again, $200!!!!!!!). This would not be done, and it would not be distributed in this way, and be available at the Printery, unless it was an approved Government document”

    Does an approved government document need to be passed in parliament?

    You must read Lenny St. Hill’s article on the plan in the Nation where he refers to it like this.

    “C”est magnifque, mais ce n’est pas le guerre”.

    Pardon my french but I’ll try and find the article on Nation news so people won’t take offence at my poor attempt!!

  38. titilayo

    The fact that it is not online says all. Why not put it online?

    Completely agree with you on this.

  39. Who can i send the 200, to secure a copy, have them fedex it to me (will supply my fedex account no.) so that i can have it online for all to see?

    Remember the propose constitutional reform? going republic?

    http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeovzed/TheBarbadosConstitution(2).pdf

    I still have the pdf file if anyone wants it. it’s 7mg file and takes a while to load.

    These documents need to be assesable to all so that the information hoarders that Lynette Eastman once referred too cannot deny us access while accusing us of not being informed. 😀

  40. John

    titilayo

    Were you being naughty trying to stir up these decent, law abiding people here on BFP?

    Since I had to use a french word to find it, maybe we should tell its authors, the minister responsible and whoever to go to France.

  41. John

    Adrian

    Hold your $200 a little bit longer, but for heaven’s sake, don’t hold your breath.

    Lets see, the last amendments passed by Parliament seem to have taken place in 1991.

    By law the next set were due in 1996.

    It is now 2006. Definitely, don’t hold your breeath.

    Maybe Mr. St. Hill missed the notification in the Official Gazette but knowing the man, I think that to be unlikely, … highly unlikely, but then again, stranger things have happened!!

  42. John

    …. on second thoughts, its 2006, very soon to be 2007!!!

  43. titilayo

    I read Lenny St. Hill’s letter and had to check the Town Planning Act (which is online in its entirety at http://www.townplanning.gov.bb) to be clear about what he was talking about.

    It seems that his issues are that no Commission of Enquiry was convened to investigate objections lodged by persons (including, presumably, Mr. St. Hill) himself to the PDP, and that the Plan did not arise out of a report by the Chief Town Planner, but out of a completely separate project. Interesting to learn, and I wonder to what extent they really do affect, as Mr. St. Hill claims, the legal status of the Plan.

    The Town Planning Act also outlines the process of approving a development plan. It must be approved by the Minister responsible for Planning, relevant notices published in the Gazette, and then it must be submitted for the approval of both Houses. The Act also says “if approved by resolution of both Houses [the plan] shall come into operation on such date after its approval by Parliament as the Minister may appoint by notice published in the Official Gazette”. So the Gazette would tell when it was approved and comes into operations.

    Also, I note that Mr. St. Hill doesn’t debate the fact that the plan has gone through the requisite approval process; his issue is that it shouldn’t have been approved because the process undertaken to develop it was not the correct one. He probably has a point here, but I think the fact still remains that the plan has gone through the official approval process as outlined in the Town Planning Act, and is therefore in operation as a national development plan.

    John, sorry this is so long. It was shorter originally, but then I read your second comment and Mr. St. Hill’s article, and the Town Planning Act, and my response ended up much longer than I had originally planned.

  44. Environmentalist

    John, here is Mr. St.Hill’s letter to The Nation. Since he wrote this there has never been a comment (that I have seen) from a single person in the media to contradict or agree.

    GUEST COLUMN: Ardour gone astray

    Date December 03, 2006
    Brief GUEST COLUMN: Ardour gone astray
    by LEONARD ST HILL

    THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (amended 2003) for the island of Barbados, published as The Product Of The Environmental Management And Land Use Planning For Sustainable Development Project (sic) is best described by Marechal Bosquet’s remark on the Charge Of The Light Brigade – “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre” (It is magnificent, but it is not war).

    The elaborate product advertised at $200 per copy for public information is presumptuously unauthorised. It is not the prescribed document required by law, specifically Sections 11 and 6 of the Town and Country Planning Act Cap 240. It gratuitously presumes a revision of the Town and Country Planning Act which is clearly not in the remit of proposals for amendment of the Development Plan according to the very act.

    No reference is made or consideration given to the findings of the Commission of Inquiry appointed to hear objections and representations submitted in writing to the minister responsible for Town Planning in respect of proposed alterations and additions to the Statutory Development Plan which is in operation since March 1977 and as amended in August 1991.

    The minister responsible for Town Planning is clearly liable to censure for omission to perform the duty to secure consistency and continuity in the framing and execution of a comprehensive policy for the use and development of all land in the island in accordance with provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act as existing law.

    The Development Plan, as the comprehensive land use and development policy, makes provision for:

    * defining sites of public works and purposes;

    * allocating predominant uses to all land of the island;

    * designating land subject to compulsory acquisition for public purposes;

    * describing areas of comprehensive development for specified purposes (including slum clearance and relocation of population and industry).

    The statutory procedure for alteration of and addition to this policy is prescribed in Part III of the Town and Country Planning Act. This appears to have been studiously ignored by the “Environmental Management and Land Use Planning for Sustainable Development Project” team.

    The report of the Chief Town Planner required by Section 11 of the act has been omitted as the basis for submission of proposals to the minister for amendment of the development plan.

    The legal status of the plan is clearly defined by reference to the Interpretation Act Cap 1 of the laws of Barbados, which describes a Statutory Instrument as a scheme made under an enactment and approved by resolution of the legislature.

    The enactment (as Town and Country Planning Act) defines development plan as prescribed by Sections 5 and 6 (including the second schedule) of the act. The advertised product of the Sustainable Development Project does not satisfy or conform to the provisions of existing law.

    The foregoing observations have been brought to the attention of the appropriate authorities who have failed to acknowledge or respond.

  45. titilayo

    John,

    I want it to be clear to all that I meant “Why not have it put online by the Town Planning Department?” and not “What not have it put online by some other enterprising individual?” I disassociate myself from all naughtiness you may attribute to me 🙂

  46. John

    … so is it passed or isn’t it?

    Does it have force of law or doesn’t it?

  47. John

    Lynette, in the Senate

    William in the House of P

    Did either one of you notice a Physical Developmment Plan (PDP) passing you?

  48. John

    titilayo

    I wasn’t attributing any naughtiness to you, merely asking a question.

    Anyway, we may not have to go to the Official Gazette if Lynette and William can clarify.

    Besides, an Official Gazette can’t talk.

    My old Granny always used to say, go to the source John, …. go to the source.

    Actually it wasn’t my old Granny …. but it sounds good.

  49. Jane

    ATTENTION!!! Dr. Duguid, Ms. Eastmond or any other MP – please tell us whether the Physical Development Plan has been amended and passed in Parliament as is required by law every 5 years and, if it has been passed, when it was passed. Please also point us to something, such as the Official Gazette, which will confirm this.

    It appears that we are discussing two completely different plans one which is required by law and another which is not.

  50. Jerome Hinds

    The issue is not whether a physical development plan has been approved or not. Because if it did Owen and the boys would find ways of flouting it. The real issue should be, when is this BLP government going to stop operating without any sort of sensitivities towards the views and concerns of Barbadians. Because we all know when it comes to the Law – Owen as Minister of Town Planning can change lands in Zone 1 areas to Zone 2 – to satisfy his crony friends. AND HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE FOR DAVID SHOREY. So Owen knows how to break the law , even using illegal Guyanese to work on his home !

  51. Jane

    The issue is not whether a physical development plan has been approved or not. Because if it did Owen and the boys would find ways of flouting it. The real issue should be, when is this BLP government going to stop operating without any sort of sensitivities towards the views and concerns of Barbadians. Because we all know when it comes to the Law – Owen as Minister of Town Planning can change lands in Zone 1 areas to Zone 2 – to satisfy his crony friends. AND HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE FOR DAVID SHOREY. So Owen knows how to break the law , even using illegal Guyanese to work on his home !

  52. Sneaky Sam

    I see that the current 2003 “Physical Development Plan” being sold by Government completely ignores the environmental buffer and agricultural use recommendations made by the ARA Study.

    The Study was done in the 1990’s, cost was US$800,000, funded by the InterAmerican Development Bank.

    The ARA Study supports environmental preservation combined with agricultural land use for the lands in and around the current RAMSAR site.

    But what appears to have happened is that the RAMSAR site footprint, contrary to the ARA recommendations, was made smaller to allow more housing and other development at Graeme Hall.

    The current “Plan” (Map 4 of the NPDP) shows projected residential land use in the agricultural area currently managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    The 2003 NPDP document shows the RAMSAR site is in a pit, consisting of land prone to 100-year flood waters, with minimal or no buffers.

    What is most disturbing is that when one looks at the South Coast in general, Graeme Hall is the only green park area of any size, but as configured in Map 4 of the NPDP it has almost no recreational lands around or upland of the RAMSAR wetland.

    The NPDP does not include Graeme Hall as a candidate site for National Park treatment.

    It is time for another Amendment to the NPDP to include Graeme Hall.

    It seems to me that a relatively small 240 acre Park on the South Coast would be more appreciated by more people in the long run.

  53. Jane

    This comment is from another Jane but I have no problem with it.
    “The issue is not whether a physical development plan has been approved or not. Because if it did Owen and the boys would find ways of flouting it. The real issue should be, when is this BLP government going to stop operating without any sort of sensitivities towards the views and concerns of Barbadians. Because we all know when it comes to the Law – Owen as Minister of Town Planning can change lands in Zone 1 areas to Zone 2 – to satisfy his crony friends. AND HE HAS DONE IT BEFORE FOR DAVID SHOREY. So Owen knows how to break the law , even using illegal Guyanese to work on his home !”

  54. Jane

    Jerome Hinds this is not only about Owen Arthur and his cronies it is about the Government of Barbados and its responsibility to uphold the existing laws in relation to everything including the land in Barbados and to pass laws where they are needed (such as Intergity Legislation laws). AND it is about the opposition’s responsibility to lobby the Government to do what is right!!

  55. Jane

    Cuh dear! How can we expect there to be law and order in Barbados if the people in government and in opposition do not understand the law (and many of them are lawyers)?

  56. hard ears

    I hope all a ye read the Nation today. The foreign man get charge. I glad.

  57. John

    …. but for what?

  58. Anonymous

    physical development plan

  59. ross

    “…. but for what?” sounds like he assaulted the Nation photographer and mashed up his camera.

  60. Anonymous

    what about the gate crossing the roadway between rockley new road and golf view terrace?

  61. Anonymous

    BFP!! Did anybody listen to Rawle Eastmond’s rant today on VOB?? WHAT HAPPENED?!! I’m hearing so many stories.

  62. John

    There is something rotten in Denmark.

    … in Bajan parlance, dere is more in the mortar dan de pestle!!

  63. John

    … too many big foot people out in de open. Something fishy going on here.

  64. Jerome Hinds

    Hello Anonymous, what happened with Eastmond’s rant and rave ? Minister Eastmond , has now seen the light and realises that Owen Arthur and his pimps ( Rev. Atherley included) do not give 2 hoots about Barbados and Barbadians. Pity he took so long – 15 years – and other BLP cabinet ministers not bold enough to say so as yet !

  65. Hants

    Anonymous I listened to Rawle and I am worried about him.

    Either he just became a born again christain, he is “losing it” or I have missed the point he was trying to make. This sounded like a major meltdown.

    To be fair to him I suggest you listen to the repeat Broadcast tonight at 12pm Barbados tine on VOB.

    I also read this in the Nation.

    “In a strongly-worded letter, Eastmond urged the ministry to act immediately, adding that he had a number of applications at that ministry, none of which had received any attention.

    He also noted that the ministry had failed to take action in dealing with the right-of-way west of Porters that ran past Colony Club to the beach.

    He said it was more than ten years that he had been begging for action to be taken.”

    Based on what he said on the radio today, it is likely that he is going to resign. It is clear that something is seriously wrong between him and the Prime Minister and other BLP Ministers.

    I repeat, listen to Brasstacks tonight.
    I may have got it all wrong but I was stunned by his tirade.

  66. John

    Hello Lynette and William, ….. you there?

  67. Hants

    Jerome I agree with you to a certain extent but what I heard today is really serious stuff.

    I don’t want to jump to conclusions but I think Rawle has no choice but to resign.

  68. John

    Hants

    Bajan politicians don’t do the resigning thing.

    There are exceptions, but this has been the rule thru the ages.

  69. Jerome Hinds

    I concur with you Hants, Minister Eastmond may have no choice but to resign. For him to state that ‘diabolical forces’ now hold members of his government (BLP) CAPTIVE is quite a revelation coming from a Cabinet minister ! Coupled with the fact that he asserted that for the past 12 years he has been trying – without success – to get some land matters resolved by the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning. And the promise by the PM and the BLP is to make ‘ Barbados better for All’

    Who they think they fooling ?

  70. Jerome Hinds

    I concur with you Hants, Minister Eastmond may have no choice but to resign. For him to state that ‘diabolical forces’ now hold members of his government (BLP) CAPTIVE is quite a revelation coming from a Cabinet minister ! Coupled with the fact that he asserted that for the past 12 years he has been trying – without success – to get some land matters resolved by the Minister of Housing and the Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning. And the promise by the PM and the BLP is to make ‘ Barbados better for All’

    Who they think they fooling ?

    Let’s all wish Minister Eastmond a speedy recovery as he recuperates in the QEH.

    SUCH IS THE VAGARIES OF LIFE!

  71. Hants

    John if you listened to Rawle Eastmond today you would have to think that he has already decided to resign.
    “Diabolical forces” affecting the Prime Minister and Cabinet ?”

    This is very serious .This is why fellow bloggers should listen to the repeat broadcast on vob929.com

  72. Anonymous

    I do not think they will repeat that part. They will DEFINITELY edit it. This is Barbados.

  73. Anon

    If you listened to the call in programme today,and then the one this evening, you will get a very clear picture of whose side these radio stations are on.

    Listening to Dennis Johnson you felt like you were listening to Joey Harper or ezra alleyne.The callers could not get a look in to voice their diapproval of the government,and he was there spinning and spinning.Well Done.

    Then tonight Matthew Farley and his technical group,cut and edited out every comment or opinion the callers had about rawle eastmond’s tirade today.

    Then as if that was not enough Moderator Mark Forde was instructed it seemed by the producer Farley to tell the callers don’t talk about the issue,there are so many other things they could discuss..

    Talk about censorship.

    I suppose if it was kelli or estwick or thompson then VOB would be glad for them to air their dirty linen in public.

    I tell you we don’t have a free nor independent media here in Barbados we just have media organisations and so called journalists that are beholden to this BLP political party.

  74. Hants

    Anon, maybe Dennis Johnson was as stunned as I was by Rawle Eastmonds speech.

    At one point I thought he had gone “crazy” and needed a Psychiatrist.

    Now I hear he is hospitalised and think the moderators at VOB are treading carefully until they understand what “diabolical forces” caused this man to end up in hospital.

    Let us hope Rawle recovers because he is one of the good guys.

  75. Hants

    I listened to VOB repeat of Brasstacks and clearly Rawle Eastmond is likely to resign.

    How can a Minister spend a decade trying to get things done by his collegues.
    “100% of request to a Ministry were denied”
    “persecuted” “diabolical forces”.
    “forces of Satan will be crushed”
    “make his collegues accountable.”
    “not wanting pecuniary gain”

    I am interested to hear if other people share my views that something is seriously wrong in Barbados.

  76. Jerome Hinds

    Hellooooooo… Hants for a long time now many Barbadians were waking up to the fact that something is wrong with the way this BLP government has been treating Barbadians. Don’t lose sight of the fact that before Eastmond’s exposure today we had Sir Louis Tull, MP Joe Edghill and countless others in the BLP bemoaning about things not being done in their constituencies.

    But when it came to development in St. Peter over the last 12 years did you hear Owen complain ?

    What about David Thompson, Denis Kellman and other DLP parliamentarians bawling their lungs out for assistance – and get NONE !

    WELL IF BAJANS AFTER ALL THESE WARNINGS – including Eastmond’s own today – still willing to ‘GO’ with OWEN — Then the “forces of Satan will NOT be crushed”

  77. Anon

    Hants

    Having listened to the repeat of brasstacks what I heard was an intial attempt by the moderator to put Rawle’s side of the story which perhaps the moderator behind the scenes might have been told a few facts.However I also heard some spin by the moderator like when Austin Husbands the Dlp candidate referred to:”the policy of land being sold to the highest bidder”,and dennis johnson stopped him saying:”that was not enunciated by gov’t as a policy,but by some foreign agency and repeated by gov’t.”

    Now I know I’ve heard owen saying that’s the way he intends to go.Secondly,the moderator also tried to pooh pooh a caller who suggested having a change in gov’t as a solution,and this is not the first time I’ve heard that response.However I believe whether or not a moderator is committed to regime change he/she should allow the callers the freedom to have that opinion without constantly trying to put them down for it.

    My main point however is having heard the repeat I am now clear that the diabolical force that rawle eastmond was referring to was”OWEN ARTHUR”.

    I t seemed he also had a beef with Carson Brown – the permanent secretary.

    But you see while I have no doubt that rawle is a “good guy”,I also have no doubt that like the other Blp MPs he is a coward.I explain this comment by the fact that after saying all he did, he still refused to resign,nor did he come out in the open and say why he is upset with owen,ie other than the fact that for 12 yrs he got no assistance.

    Lets see:we had Liz thompson fired,called cantankerous and then saying she opposed greenland,yet not resigning so she will end up getting a minister’s pension,you had Ronald Toppin going on the backbench yet not quitting his seat nor explaining anything,you had Billie demoted from deputy P.M. and then a post was created for her,you had Mia demoted and Clyde moved up,you had George Payne being sent out tourism and now has gone silent,you had Pat Parris and Jessica Odle sidelined in their bids for seats – Dugid can speak to that – and on and on.

    Something is indeed rotten in the state of Denmark but of course the nation newspaper and VOB are still waiting for something to bust open in the DLP so that they can get something to write about.

  78. Anonymous

    Hants re whether others will share your view, and re what Jerome says:

    I have noted before, that without inside knowledge my interpretation for a while has been that the administration has internal problems just as does the DLP, they just hide it better.

    The BLP has the spin doctors, it also has its ‘BLP godfathers’ looking over their shoulder. Older BLP politicians and advisors, who put Owen there in the first place as a man that the average Barbadian could identify with, still have a hand in decisions in my opinion.

    The fact that every major project undertaken by Government in 12 years has had serious issues, in most cases resulting in Ministerial reshuffles, should indicate that serious issues exist in the Administration itself.

    The indication that Government is going ahead with substantial new projects without first resolving old existing projects with serious issues is reflective of pressures on the decision making process in my opinion, because its just not logical.

    What or who is pressuring for these additional road projects etc?

    Add to this that Owen never takes the responsibility for failed Ministerial projects e.g. Greenland and Thompson, but drags things out and actually drops alternate portfolios in these Ministers’ hands indicates that he is fighting to maintain party image. Never accepting ultimate responsibility means he will not say ‘we were wrong’ to the public and finding alternate responsibilities for the Ministers’ seems to be trying to keep the administration viable.

    The manner in which Ronald Toppin etc have resigned or being sidelined indicate that they themselves may have serious reservations with the decisions being made but are ‘holding the fort’ for the administration to go ahead anyway.

    That is my interpretation anyway, and some of it involves trying to ‘read between the lines’.

  79. John

    ….. so is there a Physical Development Plan or isn’t there?

    Heard the moderator speak to this but can’t tell for sure if he was saying it does or does not exist, although it sounded like it doesn’t.

    Adrian, hold your money a little bit longer?

    …… Lynette, William, are you there? Adrian has foreign exchange waiting to invest in Barbados.

  80. John

    Hope all goes well for Rawle in the QEH.

    What a massive expression of support for him by the party hierarchy, even Larry Tatem and Hallam Nicholls.

    Have to admit I never knew of Hallam Nicholls prior to BFP and didn’t know what he looked like till the photo in today’s paper.

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/320633365412888.php

  81. honeybee

    My understanding is that the World Bank recommended to the government that Barbados’ land be put to the use which made the most money.

    This has caused all sorts of problems becuase the government has not made available to the public the plan of what it intends to do with the land. My understanding is that a plan is required by law and must be passed in Parliament. So until this happens individuals in and close to government have knowledge which the average land owner does not have.

    On top of this, without a plan to follow, the minister responsible for Town Planning has no guideline in making land decisions and the public has nothing to hold him to. This has obviously led to serious problems which are affecting the public.

    Human nature being as it is, one thing has led to another and now it is completely out of hand.

    In circumstances such as this a country depends on a free press to highlight issues and bring things into the open in the early stages so that they can be rectified. This has not happened yet but we hope it will.

  82. John

    honeybee

    … the term is highest economic use, not make the most money.

    Believe it or not, there is a huge difference.

    If a company owns valuable assets, it can realise them and perhaps make the most money.

    However, the company may cease to exist if the money is not put to a proper economic use. It might be used to buy Mercedes aand BMW’s for all the directors, or to provide all expense paid travel for its officers and shareholders. People will be happy but the assets and the money will be gone!!

    Highest economic use might not mean selling the assets at all.

    The absence (??) of a Development Plan means the one in force last passed Parliament in 1991. This means a whole set of projects both D and B have done without the authorisation of the Development Plan which citizens of Barbados have bought into.

    Westmoreland, Greenland, Bennets, Apes Hill, Millionaire Heights, Lakes etc. etc. all are, strictly speaking, unauthorised uses of the assets of Barbados.

    If we now find (actually we knew all along and ignored raised voices of protest) that our water reserves are totally, perhaps over committed, the persons who authorised the projects should be in deep doo doo. they have flouted their authority.

    Hence the benefit of the Physical Development Plan. Everyone not only knows where they are going, but the decision makers have guidelines which they must follow. These guidelines protect themselves from the charge, now perfectly logical, that the board of directors has fleeced the company!!

    Everyone has a stake in the Physical Development Plan.

  83. Jerome Hinds

    As we read the Nationnews for 2006-12-30 on the Minister Eastmond situation we cannot help but wish him a speedy recovery. But as we read we cannot ignore the attempted spin that is being blamed for his comments on Brasstacks yesterday. The following quote from the newspaper under reference is used to demonstrate my point,

    ‘Medical sources noted that making statements which appeared to be irrational was one of the indicators of hypoglycaemia, a condition in which the sugar level in the bloodstream is lowered.’

    Pray tell me, what ‘irrational’ ! statements are being referred to here ? I am sure readers can recall Mr. Eastmond making similar comments during the launch of his book recently.

    How irrational can one be declared when, during yesterday’s contribution, Mr. Eastmond was very lucid in his comments and deliberate in the substance of his contributions ? Even to the point of calling in twice!!!

    Furthermore, Eastmond’s comments essentially mirrored what thousands of Barbadians have been making against the broken promises by this BLP gov’t.

    Those comments resonate with,

    1. The. ‘still born’ land bank. Still to be delivered by this government !!!

    2. Liz Thompson’s promise to deliver less than $50,000.00 houses for Barbadians willing to own such!!!!

    3. The lack of adopting a clear land use policy and failure by this gov’t to ensure developers retain ‘windows to the sea’!!!

    UNFORTUNATELY, as soon as Barbadians raise concerns about the machinations of the Arthur led team then parliamentarians and private citizens are branded with a ‘medical’ condition!

    Here are some recent examples,

    1. Many years ago, Mr. Delisle Bradshaw, apparently not wanting to partake in a ‘no-confidence’ VOTE against the Sandiford Administration, left the island for Antigua – Owen Arthur as leader of the opposition hurried to the GAIA to ask Bradshaw to remain on the island, Bradshaw left !

    Medical condition : Mr. Bradshaw affected by a case of the piles, need medical attention in Antigua???

    2. Barbadians constantly complain about the indiscriminate ‘selling off ‘ of Barbadian lands ! BLP Senior Ministers retort…..

    Medical condition : Barbadians being described as suffering from a ‘severe’ case of Schizophrenia???

    3. The latest example – of which there are 100’s more – Minister Eastmond ask Owen Arthur and his fellow Cabinet Ministers and party cohorts
    ( DIABOLICAL FORCES) to amend their ways and show sensitivity to Barbadians. Dr. Jerome walcott declares, ‘ Checks are being done on his blood sugar level !!!!’

    Medical condition : Hypoglycaemia ???

    Minister Eastmoned, please rest well assured that all Barbadians offer their prayers on your behalf.

    LIKE YOU, THOUSANDS OF US RECOGNISE THE ‘DIABOLIC FORCES’ YOU SPEAK OF IN THIS GOVERNMENT.

    Allah is great!!!

  84. Mile and aQuarter

    Jerome you convert to Islam? (smile) On the serious though it appears we may have a by election looming. Eastmond seems a decent chap unlike most BLP ministers..Atherley, Lynch ,Liz Thompson spring to mind as opposites to Eastmond…His broadside on his party on VOB raises more questions than the thousands of land and housing problems he said”poor Reggie(Farley) cant handle.” Serious stuff. No wonder Owen and his kitchen cabinet were at QEH before you could say Beverley. Get well Eastmond. We want to hear more about the diabolical forces controlling the BLP. Someone mentioned Denis Johnson oh lawd what a nothingnarian. That boy thinks he knows all. He knows zero. To believe PG on outside and he inside. STEUPS.

  85. Hants

    Who went to Rawle Eastmonds office after he called VOB?

    “SATURDAY SUN investigations have revealed that shortly after the calls, Eastmond was visited at his Belmont Road, St Michael, office
    by (Minister of Health Jerome Walcott)Walcott and Minister of Agriculture Senator Erskine Griffith. After the visit, he was taken to the hospital.

    Medical sources noted that making statements which appeared to be irrational was one of the indicators of hypoglycaemia, a condition in which the sugar level in the bloodstream is lowered.”

    I wish Rawle a speedy recovery but far from being irrational, he was very clever in his use of language to bring a “BLP Government” problem into the public domain.

    Rawle Eastmond is a good guy and we should support him.

  86. Jane

    Jerome Hinds
    December 30th, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    John
    December 30th, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    Excellent comments!

  87. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Let us all wish Rawle Eastmond well.
    One should never gloat over another’s demise.
    However, the facts are that he has been pushed over the edge by an uncaring Owen Arthur and cabinet colleagues.
    He may have appeared incoherent, but the repetition of the contents of his letter, and the fact that he spoke of the correct issues leads one to believe that he was aware of what he spoke.
    He admitted that he was a failed representative, and begged his constituents for forgiveness. Nothing incoherent about that!
    He pointed out that his political adversary,Austin Husbands, was able to mobilise people and that he(Rawle) was NOT able to mobilise his own colleagues …Nothing incoherent about that!
    He must now do the “honourable” thing and RESIGN.
    Let him demonstrate that he is decent enough to distance himself from those “diabolical forces” that are conspiring to deny ordinary people their rights.
    Let him now join forces with the same Austin Husbands and give the people of St James North that representation which Rawle acknowledged Husbands is giving.
    After all Rawle did wish Husbands well, and expressed the hope that Husbands gets what he (Husbands) has worked hard for, and deserves .

  88. Hants

    Well said littleboy56. Both Rawle Eastmond and Austin Husbands are people who care about Barbados.

    Rawle Eastmond grew up in Holetown and understands what access to a Beach means as part of the Barbadian way of life.

  89. Antonio Miller dropped charges pending an out of court settlement?

    Dropped
    Published on: 12/30/06.

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/5838342478452.php

    BRITISH INVESTOR EDWARD “EDDIE” FEARLESS appeared briefly in court [29th Dec.] on two charges that were later dropped.

    The 63-year-old Fearless, who is at the centre of a controversial road blockage at Mango Court, Porters, St James, was charged with assaulting NATION photographer Antonio Miller and destroying his digital camera on [28th].

    When Magistrate Ian Weekes, presiding in Holetown Magistrates’ Court, put the charges to Fearless he pleaded not guilty on both counts.

    However, attorney Ralph Thorne, who appeared with Michael Lashley for photographer Miller, said the route of civil recourse was under discussion. As a result, Thorne pointed out, Miller was disposing of the criminal matters.

    Miller, under oath, told the court he no longer wanted to pursue the criminal matter or offer any evidence. In response to Station Sergeant
    Victor Forde, the prosecutor, Miller said no one forced him to reach that decision.

    With the matters dropped, Fearless then avoided the cameras altogether by slipping through the office area rather than the usual exit where photographers awaited him.

    On [Dec. 28th], Fearless, resident in Barbados, and local businessman Larry Tatem clashed over the erection of a gate at Porters, St James. Tatem had the gate bulldozed, stating it was on his property and blocked the free access of other property owners.

    Miller was on assignment photographing the demolition of the wrought iron gate when there was an incident. In the end police arrested and charged Fearless, leading to [the Dec. 29th] court appearance.

  90. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Bye bye freedom of the press.
    Millar and his journalistic friends have now sold out as well.
    Could you imagine Fairless doing the same for Millar in England?
    But the reaction of VOB and CBC (who have refused to acknowledge Rawle Eastmond’s hospitilisation) is just as bad.
    They need to sell their shares to BFP.
    Shameless prats!!!

  91. John

    So what’s the status on the Physical Development Plan?

    Is the one on the TCPO website with only the front page and index official and binding in law.

    Check the decision in the Court of Appeal regarding the Scotland District Association on the TCPO web page.

    Looks like the Physical Development Plan doesn’t have to be followed.

    http://www.townplanning.gov.bb/content.aspx?c=45

    …. if Greenland turns out to be the environmental disaster predicted this decision could well haunt us for years to come.

  92. fact finder

    Today Larry Tatum and friends erected there own barricade, at porters.

    No press came and no police were there?

    While your using foreigners as a smoke sceen we are being sold out by GREED and our own kind.

  93. Jerome Hinds

    Therefore Fact Finder is he called – Larry Tatum or Larry Traitum !!! ( TRAITOR).

  94. John

    … Jerome, don’t confuse the Nation more than it is already confused!!

  95. I agree with Littleboy56@caribsurf.com that Minister Eastmond should now do the honourable thing and resign. I only went to Bromley school but I want to ask a couple of questions:

  96. Hants

    fact finder says
    “Today Larry Tatum and friends erected there own barricade, at porters.”

    He should send BFP a photo as proof.

  97. Here is the continuation:
    – Why are there two orderlies guarding Mr. Eastmond’s door at the hospital?
    – When your blood sugar is low, it is my understanding that one only needs a sugar stick, a sweetie or a bar of chocolate and in no time all is well. Why must Mr. Eastmond remain in the hospital for a couple of weeks, according to Dr. Walcott? Hmmmmmmm!!! seems fishy to me.
    – The damage has already been done, words cannot be recalled, the whole of Barbados now have a better understanding of what is really happening in the BLP. Thanks Rawle for your honesty, I wish you a speedy recovery, RESIGN NOW!!!

  98. Justasking

    Fact finder, anyone, where the heck is this gate, Emerald Palm restaurant etc. I tried to find it today but no luck. Would have taken a photo.

  99. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Just Listened to a recording of Rawle Eastmond’s Brass Tacks call.
    Apart from his “colleagues” he seems to be bashing the permanent secretary Mr Carson Browne.
    He knows full well that Mr Browne cannot respond, yet he publicly blames Browne. Where is the decency in that!!!
    He also took a pot shot at Austin Husbands for organizimg a demonstration/protest in the beach access between Colony Club and Heron Bay. Why!!!!
    I believe it is because Husbands (who has been involved in similar demonstrations at Mullins and elsewhere along the coast) seems to have beat him to the draw. And also that he (Eastmond) did not pay the people of St James North the attention they deserved and they resorted to Husbands.
    I saw many races at that demonstration.
    The BLP is definitely losing the race!!!

  100. fact finder

    JUSTASKING,
    A good question Tatum removed the road signs from the turning from highway 2 at queens fort.

    Tatum claims he owns the road and it is not called mango drive??

    Someone needs to investigate this before it does damage to the foreign economy and investment, as the story is published in UK.

  101. Justasking

    Fact finder, just give us some clear directions on how to get to the now removed gate. Some of us have not a clue as to where this is.

  102. fact finder

    Proceed past Heron bay to queens fort and take the first right.

    Gates and road sign have been removed.

    gates were taken away by the company who made them and the road signs were removed Tatum thugs who want to take over the road.

  103. fact finder

    How do I get a letter to the editor of the nation published on this matter?

    I have copies remarks and concerns but without acknowledgement

  104. Red Lake Lassie

    fact finder why don’t you send the letter to BFP?

    BFP prints what others fear to print. Try them.

  105. 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.

  106. fact finder

    Freds point is correct
    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, The Tatum clan should be kept within the law.

    Did anyone see the article in the advocate by
    Rev Lucille Baird? I do hope she is not as misinformed about her religion?

    What a lot of nonsense over a pair of gates which were erected to tidy the area, with everyone issued with a key that were entitled, yes including Tatum who had to get one of his thugs to close them before the digger could smash them down, all of which is on film.

    A question anyone buying from overseas should ask is, IS Barbados neighbourly?

  107. Fred

    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.

  108. Fred

    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.

  109. Fred

    When you smarten up and learn to live in perfect harmony with Barbadians life will improve in Barbados for you not before this happens.

  110. 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.

  111. 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?

  112. Wishing in Vain

    Fearless we are still awaiting your comments re your replacement gate in this gap when is work to begin with the replacement?

  113. 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?

  114. 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.

  115. Klyn

    Dear Fred,

    You contacted Blue Ocean Realty on January 18 2007 asking them to correct misleading information regarding Mr. Fearless’s property and the surrounding neighborhood.
    Blue Ocean Realty, without any delay, made these corrections. HOWEVER, on March 19 2007, despite Blue Ocean Realty making these changes without being argumentative, you proceeded to include this real estate company in the political and civil rights differences of Mr.Fearless and Mr.Tatem .
    Blue Ocean Realty would appreciate it very much if you can now remove ALL blogs associated with its name. Blue Ocean Realty’s reputation should not be stained by these unfortunate matters as the company is a local company with ALL Bajan employees.

    Your swift actions in this matter are very much appreciated.

    Klyn 70

  116. Wishing in Vain

    Klyn it looks like it was showing that there was indeed an advertisment to the effect that stated it was located in a cul de sac on the web from the blog it must have been cut a pasted to this site.

  117. From Porters with Love

    From Porters with Love
    September 13th, 2007 at 2:28 am
    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!!!

  118. 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!

  119. Anonymous

    This is a classic example of Arthur selling us out and turning us into second class citizens. Do you think we should be begging some white foreign man/woman for a pass to get to we beach. All the beaches belong to we…
    Rawle Eastmond is a complete waste of time. All he does is to promise the good people of St James North the moon and sky and does absolutely nothing to bring it into reality.
    If he has any decency he would resign and not run again. His is not representation…it is drawing money under false pretences from the treasury.
    This foolishness must stop!

  120. From Porters with Love

    Eastmond should be ashamed of himself after his period of pouring his soul out with his forces speech anyone with an ounce of brain would have taken a back seat this time around he has no creditabilty whatsoever he cannot be trusted or believed so why vote for him? to have him send more time doing nothing ?
    But yet drawing a ministers salary.

  121. factfinder

    The resident who supposedly fled the seen of the crime? was on his way to Dubai for a meeting about the offshore exploration due to start in bajan waters on the 23rd of Dec

    The problem the country has now is weather or not the behavior of some hooligans affects the outcome of the exploration findings. and recommendations to international oil companies?

    As for the Town and Country Planning, Housing and Lands, the gov’t officials met with a view to acquire the land to turn Mango drive into a public road this was a mere 10 month ago and they reached a the conclusion that the road was not suitable for privatisaion (only 12ft wide) and the case was dismissed

  122. Rumplestilskin

    Above poster ”The problem the country has now is weather or not the behavior of some hooligans affects the outcome of the exploration findings. and recommendations to international oil companies?”

    The only question as to whether drilling will take place is the logistics of drilling and the comparative cost of extraction from offshore Barbados to the world market value.

    Nothing else! If USA will go to war, yes war, in Iraq over oil do not think anything in little Barbados will bother an oil company interested in drilling.

    Oil= dollars, get real!

  123. Anonymous

    Wow this is amazing the hooligans will decide the outcome of contract of this size what a world we live in.

    The road is being dealt with in a manner that will not be pleasing to many but seeing that you are unreasonable and cannot live among the good people of this island the laws of the land have to come into play and and deal with the likes of yourself.

    Despite your association with the PM and your donations to the St.Peter Development fund the same fund that Dereck Smith, Mr Rausing and one Mr Fearless subscribe to, it will not change the course that this will take.

  124. factfinder

    I think we can agree that now perhaps the internet is a more powerful weapon than even the USA.

    However to name and shame local business people is really petty and shows the bajan mentality to be very poor.

    There will not be enough oil found in Barbados to influence anywhere but Barbados

    What is more inportant is that this fiasco could be used as an example of WHY not to invest in Barbados?

    This has been my worry since the start, and closer to home the ‘manic’ construction underway up the west cost that benefits so few?

    anyway if your that concerned why don’t you vote for the opposition, they have pledged to kick these people off the Island

    Once again I laugh at the mentality

  125. Fred

    The Opposition has made no pledge to kick anyone off the island so on this count alone you are proven to be a liar and an idiot about the politics of this island, more over the opposition is ABOUT EQUALITY
    Sadly you are once again missing the whole point yes we will vote for the Oppostion not only to throw the likes of you out alone but to adjust the manner in which people like you come to this island and loose any regard for the rights of locals and try to ride rough shod over peaceful citizens of this island, because you believe that you have bought the likes of the PM and a few of his clan of crooks.
    It is times like this that we the citizens get the opportunity to address the inbalance in society.

  126. Fred

    The Opposition has made no pledge to kick anyone off the island so on this count alone you are proven to be a liar and an idiot about the politics of this island, more over the opposition is ABOUT EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS TO ONES LIKE YOU AND TO CITZENS OF THIS ISLAND AND ARE NOT WILLING TO PERMIT FOREIGNERS WITH MONEY TO UNFAIR AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CITIZENS OF THIS ISLAND.

    However if you continue to finance the BLP and expect favours in exchance for your money you now have a problem.

    Sadly you are once again missing the whole point yes we will vote for the Oppostion not to throw the likes of you out alone but to adjust the manner in which people like you come to this island and loose any regard for the rights of locals and try to ride rough shod over peaceful citizens of this island, because you believe that you have bought the likes of the PM and a few of his clan of crooks.

    It is times like this that we the citizens get the opportunity to address the inbalance in society and this is about to happen once again and yes the likes of you need to take heed and adjust your style and your manner as there will be no MONEY BAGS OWEN there to run to and for him to make a call and have the issue addressed on your behalf, this must be halted and it must cease.

  127. factfinder

    Dear Fred
    I am from this island.

    It seems like you didn’t have a very good Christmas as you were rantin and ravin EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS during your Christmas dinner?

    Equality and fairness was not shown to the resdents of mango drive when they tried to improve the area by erectin gates on there own property?

    .

  128. Anonymous

    Now I seem to recall those gates being demolished by MR LARRY TATEM because you attempted to block his access to his property, have you ever hear that the law provides for those that have used an access for more than 10 years to have accquired the right to use that access even if it was not owned by that person?
    Your attempt to fulfill the conditions of your sale of these apartments having sold them as being in a PRIVATE CUL -DE-SAC was false advertising and dishonest as well, so you attempted to make good on your promise that it was a PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC but in doing so you encontered an irate MR LARRY TATEM who brought you to the reality that we will not tolerate your breed on this island, you can come here but you must live in HARMONY with the locals not attempt to ride rough shod over we BAJANS.

  129. factfinder

    Anonymous is certainly well informed?

    I entered this debate in the interest of my friends in Mango Drive and more importantly I found it a fascinating subject of debate.

    I will no longer comment on this subject as it is no longer debatable.

  130. Anonymous

    No I did not think that you would want to continue to address this issue as you were clearly out of order in your attempt to create and have your PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC and Mr Tatem addressed that issue head on and brought you to your senses.

    Your attempt to fulfill the conditions of your sale of these apartments having sold them as being in a PRIVATE CUL -DE-SAC was false advertising and dishonest as well, so you attempted to make good on your promise that it was a PRIVATE CUL-DE-SAC but in doing so you encontered an irate MR LARRY TATEM who brought you to the reality that we will not tolerate your breed on this island, you can come here but you must live in HARMONY with the locals not attempt to ride rough shod over we BAJANS.

  131. factfinder

    I do not own anything in Mango drive,
    Your remarks about breeding and Mr Tatem are not acceptable,

    Lets hope you continue to bit the hand that feeds ya!

    I do not wish to even relpy to a jealous racist

    Goodbye

  132. Pat

    Factfinder:

    Lay off. Bite the hand the feeds you? So, who do you and Tatem feed? By the way, how many roads in Barbados are more than 12 feet wide? Have you travelled the island at all? Have you never heard of “expropriation”? Get real man.