What exactly has Minister Denis Lowe accomplished during his term?
Five years ago we heard the current Minister of the Environment and his fellow DLP candidates explain that the then BLP government had been negligent about flooding and the environment in general.
During the 2007 election campaign, Dr. Denis Lowe and other DLP candidates said that the Owen Arthur BLP government:
- failed to pass an Environmental Protection Act.
- didn’t care about valuable wetlands and natural flood buffers.
- failed to establish standards and laws for drainage to guide developers and builders.
- failed to take effective action to ensure that property owners kept their lands debushed and free of stagnant water that breeds mosquitoes.
That was five years ago, so let’s listen to what Dr. Lowe is saying these days…
“In relation to flooding at Platinum Heights, which is located on an escarpment which overlooks Gibbons Boggs, Lowe pointed out that the problem had arisen through the quality of wells dug by private contractors.
Lowe noted that some of the wells dug were too shallow and in some cases they were located away from the flow of the surface water. He maintained that it was not fair to ask Government to correct faulty private sector work.
The minister disclosed that in some cases lots were not debushed and water settled, leading to the creation of breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”
… from the Barbados Today story What flooding?
DLP Environmental Legacy: Five lost years
So according to Dr. Lowe, there is nothing his government could have done in the past five years to set or enforce standards regarding flood courses and debushing on private property.
Well that makes sense coming from a government that promised and failed to provide all manner of new environmental standards, education, legislation and enforcement. Let’s look at the DLP record:
- Environmental Protection Act? None.
- Drainage standards for developers and builders? None.
- Effective enforcement of debushing standards? None.
- Protection of wetlands for flood mitigation? None
- Number of UN-provided environmental colouring books handed out to children? Lots!
That pretty well sums up the DLP’s environmental programmes and successes of the last five years: Handed out free UN colouring books to children.
Fabulous, Dr. Lowe! Just fabulous.
(photo courtesy of Barbados Today)