On 08 September 2007 we brought this story which was submitted by a concerned citizen about builders doing construction on The Brownes property in Hastings, Christ Church who were violating a Town Planning ordinance.
Here is a reminder:
The concerned citizen submitted a note today to give us an update:
Thank you for your prompt response in publishing the matter relating to construction at The Brownes. After a number of weeks in the state shown in the photographs, the protruding gutters have now been cut to be extensions of approximately 6 inches. While this removes most of the danger of direct physical injury, one wonders whether its is really acceptable in 2007 for run-off water to be allows to fall on to a public pavement from such a height as this will only result in pedestrians taking refuse on the carriageway with vehicular traffic, when it rains. While such situation exist elsewhere on relics of the past, in the case of new construction we need to adhere to good standard of town planning and public safety as we continue working to upgrading our mistakes of the past, as replacements and renovation takes place.
My initial complaint was in fact the last a list of a number issues neighbours has had with the construction activity there, which included:
The dumping of rubble and dust form three and four storeys above ground level without the use of a shoot. As a result, several households in vicinity have had to endure an infiltration of dust, for several weeks.
Construction activities including the drilling of stone work and concrete about a road way resulting in splitters of stone striking passing vehicles and posing dangers to pedestrians.
While calls were made to some government departments one saw no evidence of any action was taken to address these issues. They were in fact solved only by the conclusion of the work rather the implementation of any best practices. The foregoing left one to wonder who is responsible of administering the standards (if there are any) under which construction activity takes place on a multi-storey buildings. Is it the case, that such standards are only required in Bridgetown? In this case, there is well traverse public road in the shadow of the building.
Barbados Underground, I thank you
BU applaud this citizen.