It has been reported that the Vaucluse Raceway has been closed by the authorities. Here is the last blog submitted last year by a St, Thomas resident who is at the centre of the fight to stop the raceway.
Submitted by the Vaucluse Raceway Advocate to ALL media houses in Barbados – unedited
From the desk of Ursula Goodenough
We regret we have had to return to you with more bad news. We hoped it was over. The scheduled Independence car racing at Vaucluse did not come off as planned. Word has it, but this is unconfirmed, that the authorities found a way to prevent them from going ahead with it. The residents of Dukes and St. Thomas do sincerely wish that the regrettable incidents and the illegal activities at Vaucluse could have been prevented from happening in their community, and wish the Bushy Park meet success this coming next weekend as the alternate venue, the venue where it should have been scheduled in the first place. Regrettably we have had to record and post 2 further youtube videos of further illegal activity. The application that seems to have been ignored by the developers was to retain a dirt track. Unfortunately, the track is no longer going to be dirt, as they have been paving it as fast as they possibly can PAVING!!! WATCH THIS FROM TODAY!!! of unapproved site in contravention of Town Planning and the Prime Minister’s instructions. Barbados: Dec 4 2007
We have observed an October 30 2007 hearing with the owners/developers present, at Ministry of Finance, where selected objectors gave testimony, where the Prime Minister himself (though not present) was given time to receive opinion from his Permanent Secretary, and to make an informed decision on whether to retain a dirt track. However, with the situation as it now stands, in order to now consider a dirt track we will have to remove the top layer of approximately 2 feet of compacted-rolled marl, now paved with tar and marl, rolled with the heavy roller. Developers have gone straight through this procedure and engineered themselves a racetrack against all commands, instructions and laws. Another sad day in Barbados, a beautiful island where neither the law nor respect for residents rights seem to have meaning… to people such as these. Roadworks: November 26 2007
And furthermore, in discussions between ourselves and none other than the Prime Minister of Barbados, we have discovered the following: The residents said NO Member of Parliament Cynthia Forde said NO The Chief Town Planner said NO The Prime Minister of Barbados also said NO! Today we are calling the media to please…PLEASE… investigate and discover on what basis the developer/owner says YES and can go ahead while awaiting the opiniopn and word of The Prime Minister of Barbados?? We want to also call on our representatives in Parliament, knowing that one day soon we shall overcome, to deny the owners/developers licences for liquor, to deny facilitation through the Royal Barbados Police Force; to find some way to shut down and prevent this illegal cancer in our beautiful, peaceful St. Thomas… as a demonstration that too many wrongs will never become a right in the fair land of Barbados… no matter how much land or money someone has. We may not have money or power, but we have posted our evidence on youtube for all to see. Barbados, today we show you a part of ourselves, an ugly armpit part, but a part nonetheless. Say ‘no’ to lawlessness in Barbados. Say ‘no’ to the Makavellian principle of ‘you can’t stop me’ and ‘might is right’. Is the high and mighty owner truly right and correct today?. Say ‘no’ to an island where bad people really believe that “some are more equal than others”. Maintain the principles of fairness and please protect the rights of the innocent. Help keep Barbados on the straight path of righteousness. We thank you for your support and help, whether it be on the blogs, whether it be in the news rooms, the TV Station, or within the corridors of our proud, upstanding Ministries.
The People Of Vaucluse Said No To Building A Race Track In Their Area, Member Of Parliament Cynthia Forde Said No & The Chief Town Planner Said No, But The Development Continues Anyway ~ Does Anyone Know Who Said YES!