Remembering Campus Trendz and Arch Cot – years later Barbados still doesn’t have a building code

Passersby heard the screams from Campus Trendz store: no back door and bars on the windows.

“The criminals threw the firebombs, but it was an irresponsible government, building owner and shop owner that made the firebombs inescapable death.”

Barbados Free Press, September 5, 2012 Campus Trendz deaths: What criminals allowed bars on the windows, no fire exits?

by Cliverton

Almost five years after the Campus Trendz slaughter, sleep does not come easily for my friend. In her mind she still sees the weeping desperate men in the smoke at the rear of Campus Trendz – cursing and yelling as they used hand sledges to break through the brick wall all too slowly. She couldn’t watch any longer, she couldn’t listen to the screams any longer and there was nothing the girl could do so she walked away. That haunts her to this day.

Pearl Amanda Cornelius, 18, Kelly Ann Welch, 24, Shanna Griffith, 18, Nikita Belgrave, 23, Tiffany Harding, 23 and Kellisha Ovivierre, 24, burned to death because two evil men robbed the store and smashed flaming bottles of petrol. That is one of the causes of their deaths.

The other cause of their deaths is that Barbados has no enforceable building code. Folks just build as they want to, with no standards as to amount of steel or how rebar is connected. No standards as to fire exits or alternate fire exits through windows. Campus Trendz was a deathtrap from the moment it was constructed, and six young women died because Barbados had no building code to protect them.

Similarly an entire family died at ArchCot when a powerful family (BLP leader Mia Mottley’s family) invested in land over a known cave. How the prohibition against building over the known cave was lifted was never really explained to the public. Just another of those magical Bajan processes very similar to how a BLP Government Minister came to live in a house built on private land that had been expropriated for government purposes.

That Barbados has no building code makes it easier for the corruption and the corrupt to thrive and profit.

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4 responses to “Remembering Campus Trendz and Arch Cot – years later Barbados still doesn’t have a building code

  1. raw power to be feared

    Difficult to believe that it has been almost 8 years since that poor family was buried alive in a preventable tragedy where political corruption was to blame.

    Nothing should have been built over the known cave. Nothing should have been built because of the conditions of the deed. Mottley’s family had that condition removed, then sold the land for big profit, knowing that there was a cave there. Planning approved the change without so much as a look-see. The Mottley’s are a powerful family.

  2. Third World Child

    3rd world nations do not have building codes as law.

    Any further questions or comments?

    Good. Argument finished.

  3. Wily Coyote

    Corruption RULES

  4. When the Barbadian government is currently squeezing its own citizens for money via silly means like the garbage tax, who would enforce these building codes?