“The Law? Piss on it… Successful developers should buy their way out after breaking the law”
Vaucluse Raceway was built without permission. The developers thumbed their noses at the law and did what they wanted to do. And, because we are a country where all laws are selectively applied and enforced for reasons of money, family, status and connections, the developers got away with it.
No permissions, no permits, no plans submitted for approval, no environmental study, no traffic plan… and the only input from the community was HELL NO!!!. With support from powerful elites like Bizzy Williams, the government feared to close the place down. Some government officials tried to close it down, but the developers told them to Piss Off and kept working. Soon the government officials went away. A wise man would guess the government officials were given the word from high up.
maybe probably there were some “campaign donations” made too.
Vaucluse developers ruined their neighbours’ property values and destroyed the quality of life for hundreds of folks living within the sound of the revving engines and squealing tires. Some folks can’t even get in and out of their gaps on race days.
The Vaucluse developers knew they would have little chance of obtaining permission if they obeyed the law, so they said “Piss on the Law. We’ll handle the law later and Bizzy Williams will give us a hand.”
Bizzy Williams lends a hand to law-breakers
Vaucluse makes money and Bizzy Williams says that’s all that matters. He says the developers should be fined and then allowed to continue. After all, the place is making lots of money and the developers can afford to pay a fine, so fine them and let them continue, says Bizzy.
The fine is a little concession so ordinary people can’t claim the law wasn’t respected. That is a disgusting manipulation but that’s Barbados.
Bizzy even confessed that he didn’t follow the law when he took Bushy Park track so long ago. So, he says, the same should go for the Vaucluse developers.
Sum up Bizzy’s statements like this: “Piss on the law if it pleases me to do so and I can make money.”
Bizzy and the Vaucluse boys show everybody that certain Bajans can do as they please – so long as Bizzy Williams or some other business or political elite supports the law-breaking.
Same old, same old
For ordinary Bajans, there’s nothing new in this story. We’ve heard similar happenings a hundred times. Remember the Turf Club collected $20 million in gate taxes but kept the money. You and I would be in jail for doing the same thing at our little shop.
The government again proved there are two laws in Barbados… One law for THEM, and another law for the rest of us ordinary folk.
Piss on the Law and pay a only small fine when caught, Mr. Williams?
Ok Sir. I’ll follow your example from now on. Thanks.
Here is the Barbados Today article that started this conversation – Flog them and let them go
Please read the article at their website, but as usual we have to print the entire piece here because the Bajan news media often re-writes history.
Flog them and let them go
The Vaucluse raceway must be saved.
Outspoken businessman and motor sport investor Ralph Bizzy Williams wants the long running controversy surrounding the legality of the popular St. Thomas track settled once and for all.
He said while the planned $18 million improvements to the larger, and better known, Bushy Park facility would be a blessing for motor sport and the country, Vaucluse was needed to complete the puzzle.
Questions have been raised in recent years about the legality of the racing facility, but Williams said if it was constructed without necessary permission, rather than shutting it down, those behind it should be fined and allowed to proceed.
The emotional head of Williams Industries, who was moved to tears, told executives attending a Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon today:
“To be honest with you when I took Bushy Park I didn’t get permission. I didn’t have to go through the rigors of applying for permission and all the rest of it.”
“Another group of guys … have built Vaucluse. They … went ahead and did things in full enthusiasm, lots of energy and they created the Vaucluse amphitheatre as I like to call it, which is rated as one of the best rally springs circuits in the world.”
Williams said once the race track was deemed illegal, fining those responsible and allowing them to remain open was the option he preferred.
“You don’t expel a Barbados scholar the first time he tried to bomb the headmaster, you call him in and cut his backside; straighten him up. Call in (the owner of Vaucluse), put some licks in him and give him the permission to go and develop this thing for the benefit of Barbados,” he said to applause.
“I know there are people sitting in this room who have driven on that circuit and I would love Bush Park to be the be all and end all of everything, but all of us … promoting Barbados as a motor sport venue without Vaucluse is like sending an army into a battle with double barrel shotguns with one barrel plugged up. That is an opportunity that we are wasting in my opinion.”