Submitted by islandgal
I was recently in Holetown the “Tourist Capital” to pay my land taxes. As I arrived I looked around and couldn’t help noticing how run down and shabby the place was looking. Now Holetown is the place our founding fathers landed. The buildings that house the Land Tax department, the Police Station and the Magistrates Courts are a disgrace to Barbados. The car park had litter strewn around, the overgrown landscape needed attention and the buildings badly needed a paint job. Something caught my eye on a wall, as I looked closer there there were electrical boxes and outlets open to the elements with one dangling from wires. Doesn’t this property have a custodian? Why is this building is such a state? It occupies prime real estate and this is how it is maintained?
If government cannot maintain their properties why don’t they let the private sector step in? Think about how many jobs or businesses that will be created? Who is in charge of maintenance of government buildings and grounds? I noticed a pile of sand outside a closed door. I thought that some concrete work was being done only to look closer and see that they were once sand bags, put there to prevent water from flooding the building. The bags had deteriorated over time and now all that is left is a pile of sand. It is clear that government cannot maintain and protect our infrastructure. If our infrastructure cannot be properly maintained how can they maintain Barbados’ investments? Why can’t they get it right?
View pictures of the sorry tale:
This is a reflection of both DLP and BLP governments. I would like to suggest that there should be a department that looks after buildings and grounds in each parish. Each building would have a custodian who will maintain the grounds and report to a head custodian. If there is anything to be fixed or looked at he or she should report to the head custodian. The head custodian should have access to plumbers, electricians, carpenters and masons to call on. As I write I can see the whole dismal scenario unfolding, forget it! This works very well for private management properties. Better still let a private property management company look after these buildings dealing with people who were politically appointed just leads to frustration and corruption.
It is time we name and shame and stop trying to protect people who are taking our money and not doing their job.