Pat Brayshaw Matter Not Forgotten: Letter to Minister Denis Lowe

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The following letter dispatched to Minister of Drainage Denis Lowe – AldenBlackman_Lowe



Dr. the Hon. Denis Lowe, M.P.[…]
Minister of Environment and Drainage
Hincks Street

Dear Minister Lowe

This letter is a plea from a citizen of Barbados for you to use the weight of your office to correct a dangerous situation in Clarkes Rd. Derricks, St. James where I reside.

The situation was callously and deliberately created by a wealthy foreign neighbour who positioned boulders in the middle and along an active watercourse which adjoins by boundary line, and to make the matter worse, backfilled the area to extend her yard and garden circa 2002-2003. By obstructing the natural watercourse it has caused some flooding in the area and damage to my home. With the passage of time the yard cum garden has morphed into a public thoroughfare and has served to accentuate the potential threat to the area.

Sir, the following are the names of government officials and departments I have interacted (pleaded) about this matter since circa 2002-2003, yet the dangerous situation remains:-

Drainage Unit Ministry of Transport and Works

Permanent Secretary Mr. Weekes Mr. Thornhill
Director Mr. Barrow Mr. Tudor
Mr. Dawe Mr. Patrick
Mr. Yearwood Mr. Lovell
Mr. Inniss Mr. Hurley

All of the above persons have in one form or the other ignored my pleas for redress of the threat posed by an obstructed watercourse which parallels my property over the years.

Minister Lowe, must Alden Blackman who lives below this watercourse for the past 34 years have to endure such wanton disregard of the law? The result which has created a dangerous situation which threatens the wellbeing of not only my family but the neighbouring homes as well? Why has the Drainage Unit under your charge and MTW officials ignored the plight of a poor black working class man? Why has the illegal action taken by a wealthy foreign woman been given priority over a born and bred Bajan?

Sir with respect, I am requesting your urgent attention to this dangerous development. I fear a re-enactment of the Carew Weston tragedy.

Best regards
Alden Blackman

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59 Comments on “Pat Brayshaw Matter Not Forgotten: Letter to Minister Denis Lowe”

  1. watchman August 6, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    Mr. Blackman plead to Minister Lowe for redress may or may not happen , The P S Can and do block what he like or dislike , the former P S Mr. Weekes accompanied with Mr. Barrow and Mr. Dawe visited the watercourse site years ago with bias info , when
    Mr Blackman outline the facts and Mr Weekes saw the dangerous situation he promise Mr. Blackman it will be fix , to this day it is not , it has worsen


  2. David August 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM #

    David Ellis summarized the letter on Brass tacks today.


  3. Hants August 6, 2015 at 4:52 PM #


    Brasstacks lost a regular caller today.

    R.I.P Vincent Layne.


  4. Hants August 6, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

    @Watchman you are doing a good job making the problem public.

    Flooding is a serious issue.


  5. David August 6, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    Yes Hants, may he rest in peace, He was a member on our Facebook page since 2013.

    VOB's photo.


  6. watchman August 6, 2015 at 7:13 PM #


    @ Hants

    I also knew Vincent , he was unfair by the system God Speed Bro on your journey to peace


  7. watchman August 6, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    @ Hants

    I had a conversation with Mr. Thornhill Tuesday this week he don’t even know that M T W workers pave that road along and across the watercourse and I can also say whoever send the workers to pave the road , don’t know where it is ,


  8. watchman August 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM #

    I am calling on the powers that be to do something with the unworthy staff at the Drainage Unit who are unprofessional and clumsy why has it taken Drainage Unit 12 + years to adjust and correct an active watercourse that they have the responsibility for ?
    I was told about a case he lose did he lost the control of the Drainage Unit ?
    who running the Drainage Unit ?


  9. watchman August 7, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

    @ David/BU
    Need to hear yesterday brasstacks do you have a link , send me please


  10. Donna August 7, 2015 at 2:10 PM #

    I too knew Mr. Layne. One of a kind. He will be missed. May he RIP.


  11. watchman August 7, 2015 at 10:16 PM #

    @ David / BU

    I heard David Ellis summarizing a letter sent to the Director Drainage Unit by a person complaining about the time it is taking to address the dangerous watercourse in St.James I am particularly please that David Ellis has took the time of highlighting what the letter is saying , he did good , I am now pleading with him to take the next step of follow up as to the facts of the creation of the dangerous situation , and why after 12 + years the Drainage Unit has done nothing and the situation have worsen

    Since I am handing out “Thank You” to journalist , I have one for the lady at the Nation,that matters , the fact is , I offered it to her since June , but maybe she is looking for multiple sources , or she smell controversy, Thank to the fearless and forthright David / BU and David / vob


  12. David August 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM #

    The BWA responded to Mr. Blackman. It appears all fingers are pointing at the Drainage Unit.


    > Subject: Re: FW: Letter to the Director of Drainage Unit

    > To: alden

    > Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:21:07 -0400


    > Dear Mr. Blackman,


    > Thank you for contacting the Barbados Water Authority’s Customer Service Centre.


    > We do apologize for the late response in replying to your email but we are undertaking a move to our Pine headquarters.


    > I have forwarded your complaint to the management of the Authority but this issue would need to be handle by the Ministry of Transport and Work’s Drainage Unit.


    > They would have responsibility for the clearing of the watercourse and alleviation of flooding.


    > Kind Regards

    > Kevin Jarvis

    > Customer Service Rep.


    > Barbados Water Authority

    > Customer Service Centre

    > Building #3, Manor Lodge Complex

    > Green Hill, St. Michael

    > Telephone 246-434-4292

    > Fax 246-429-6193


  13. Hants August 8, 2015 at 2:42 PM #


    The Drainage Unit and the BWA will have to be involved if there is a water main in the watercourse.


  14. David August 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    Commonsense suggest the BWA added to the problem at Clarkes Road and therefore a solution must include a collaboration between the two bit what do we know.


  15. Hants August 8, 2015 at 3:05 PM #

    Hopefully the “Engineers” will see this as a challenge and come up with a solution that will alleviate the flooding.


  16. watchman August 8, 2015 at 9:19 PM #

    Pat Brayshaw need to give up or made to give up what the site plan outline, failing that ,the Drainage Unit must demand a step back from the center line , but that may never happen because for the last 12 + years it was right there looking at then and their keep overlooking , why because some if not all of the M T W and Drainage Unit Official who Blackman pleaded to are lacking in integrity, even with the authority to do the job, their were and still is paralyzed to take the just action, why


  17. watchman August 8, 2015 at 10:51 PM #

    @ Hants

    The day before Arthurs Construction reach that watercourse with the pipe laying Mr. Blackman pleaded with Mr. Dawe and Mr. Yearwood to come and offered Mr. Arthur and Mr. Blades of B W A some form of directing, their would not come , the Drainage Unit had an opportunity to fix the watercourse when the pipes were being laid but Mr. Arthur saw the opportunity to bully me with his bias and disregarded my concerns proceeded by dropping the pipes in the deep place on my side that the rerouting of the flood water made and rise it 3ft higher he Arthur save money by not cutting a track but created a danger to cost Blackman money, he then told Blackman all he could do now was to ask the B W A to erect a wall , their unfair Blackman ,but God is just


  18. Hants August 10, 2015 at 12:23 PM #


    Keep the camera handy today.


  19. St George's Dragon August 10, 2015 at 1:11 PM #

    Don’t bother to try and look at what weather is coming in, though – the Doppler radar has been out of action for months:


  20. St George's Dragon August 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM #

    Guadeloupe / Martinique can keep their radar working:
    But we can’t.


  21. watchman August 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    @ Hants

    This is Blackman , watchman allowing me the opportunity to state my case ,first thank you , David / BU and BU Family, when the flood water come rushing and spread out around my house it is real fun for Pat Brayshaw and guest out on the high balcony with video cameras ,also Nicholas Clarke who’s house is high up on he patio , having real fun


  22. Hants August 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM #


    Just stay focused. We will keep your plight alive on BU.


  23. Donna August 10, 2015 at 2:53 PM #


    You are a very patient man and should be commended. If those people actually did this to you be assured their day will come. Keep up the fight. We are with you.


  24. watchman August 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM #

    @ Hants


    we truly appreciate the BU family, some correction to fix the danger pose must happen and soon , any person with an ounce of common sense should know if you build a road in the middle , along and across an active watercourse you will reroute the flood water , that why to this day we are still at a lost as to what former MP George Hutson thought he was doing ,( on a different note, and this is strange, I must also thank one of AC many nebulous posting ) it send Blackman and watchman in a direction, sorry Ac, not the court direction


  25. ac August 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM #

    look watchman i feel your pain and anger ,anyhow i promised that i would put forth efforts in finding some source of action in helping you to resolve this menacing problem


  26. ac August 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM #

    Watchman ac is curious as to what direction! in the event you are planning to dynamite or bull doze do not thank ac ,that act should be well placed at the hands of bushit and his accomplice david Bu,


  27. watchman August 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM #

    @ AC

    please prove your connections to the source by telling the BU who the DLP is going to run next election in St. James Central, it will give Blackman the heads up to move , I must ask is your promise like George Hutson who did not promised , but intended to drown Blackman in flood water , he can’t find Kerrie Symmonds to ask for help , last time Kerrie handed him a rotten rope to hold, AC , Blackman is not violent person, patient to a limit


  28. ac August 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    The drainage problem was taken into considering when BWT did a full analysis before placing the piping , On review recommendations were given to provide adequate pipes for drainage for the entire area which also addressing the levels of ponding that might occur when there is torrential down pour ,results have shown that when ponding occurs because of the adequate drainage water levels drop significantly in a timely fashion
    ON the second issue that matter should be address to town and country planning.


  29. watchman August 13, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    @ David/BU
    Mr. Burke who had visited the watercourse on Monday said he Will suggest to Mr. Thornhill , Removing of the boulders , fixing the road and block vehicles from crossing the watercourse let’s see what happens


  30. David August 13, 2015 at 6:16 PM #


    Good luck and keep BU posted.


  31. watchman August 13, 2015 at 6:33 PM #

    @ David/ Bu

    I shall Bro


  32. watchman August 13, 2015 at 7:03 PM #


    Which ponding , did you drink from today at the DLP Thursday luncheon that have you at 5.43 PM posting way pass your normal incoherent postings


  33. watchman August 15, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    @David /BU

    I must commend you, for allowing john public to show up the shortcomings of the persons in this country that have the authority but lacking the integrity to do right , BU have wide readership including the inactive civil servant of Barbados because of the precise way of posting, I know for a fact , on Monday Mr. Burke from M T W ask for photo Pic of the watercourse , Mr. Thornhill need photo pic to see the dangerous situation posed and Friday while at Drainage Unit an Official ask for photo pic and then said I must go and see this watercourse, these photo pic where only on BU, this watercourse has something more than a pose to a dangerous situation is that why Mr. George Hutson have video clips of this watercourse


  34. watchman August 15, 2015 at 3:46 PM #


    Mr. Blackman is victimized already, but the people of Barbados , even the DLP yard stocks already know that this inept Denis Lowe who happens to be a Minister in this DLP government have no integrity, he told the Nation reporter he had no knowledge of the watercourse situation in St James and could not respond, it is but fair minded to the public if his top staff is as inept as he is, and don’t informed him, therefore correspondence went out to ….The Minister Secretary…The Permanent secretary
    Ministry of Environment & Drainage , the same way as the rest of government officials who know and some action is being talk about to correct the watercourse , my God hear the people prayers that the civil servants of Barbados integrity can be restored after the hammering out , by this inept D L P Government


  35. David August 15, 2015 at 3:49 PM #


    At least you got a response from Lowe, the Cahill people have been waiting for 2 month!


  36. watchman August 15, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

    @ DAVID B/U

    You right , Blackman case will cost the taxpayers, reading between the lines , if people pressured cause the Cahill demise what will be the status of his inheritance therein his aversion to the people of Barbados I agreed David but Blackman was pleading for 12+ years, 7 years to this DLP government , DLP or BLP = 6 or half a dozen , Kerrie Symmonds give Blackman a rotten rope when his party was in office , but now he don’t even have a rope, his secretary got every letter of correspondence to her email address for him and phone calls to confirmed , yet no support from the MP for St. James Central


  37. ac August 15, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    IN any event to repair or reconstruct the area where you presumed that the flow of water would eventually cause serious or potential damagewould be of cost to the taxpayers This type of project constitutes major undertaking and funding for reconstruction and must be reviewed by civil engineers at cost if a decision is made for any necessary repairs,
    Moreover there still is no way to guarantee that in the event of torrential downpour the same result would not occur,


  38. David August 15, 2015 at 6:54 PM #

    Thine hignorance knows no bounds


  39. ac August 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM #

    david hush do..


  40. watchman August 15, 2015 at 9:44 PM #


    The DLP Thursday luncheon is still in your system go and excrete , no, no Ac I don’t mean the food and drink ,I mean full course of asinine, to all you unintelligent..sia


  41. watchman August 24, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    Can the citizens of Barbados ever get a sincere response from a Government Minister , PS , or any official who has an authority to performed their duty ? these personal are paid by the taxpayers of Barbados , some of the officials make promises verbally , but never written , because after the promises are not fulfilled , their just lied , these personals are paid to destroyed the society


  42. Donna August 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM #

    Still no action? Oh, boy!


  43. watchman August 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    @ Donna

    After the Minister of the Environment and Drainage Unit told the Nation he had no knowledge, of the watercourse situation in St. James and could not respond, we were told to send correspondence to the Minister’s secretary email address, we did, and called to confirm it was received, we also resend to the PS in the Ministries of M T W and Drainage Unit and hand delivered the letter to the Director of Drainage Unit ,August 14,The Director made a Promised to visit the watercourse, it is yet to happen, August 10, a personal from
    M T W came, saw and agreed we have a dangerous situation and promised to bring the
    C T O of M T W to see , 3 weeks have pass since, these officials are taking a dangerous situation that have already effected a man life and turn it into a laugh, who will get the last laugh ?


  44. Hants August 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM #

    @ Watchman,

    No laughing matter. Flooding is dangerous.


  45. Hants August 27, 2015 at 4:41 PM #

    Sad situation in Dominica. Flooding is no joke.


  46. watchman August 27, 2015 at 4:52 PM #

    @ Hants
    The M T W and Drainage Unit Officers allowed the creation and development of a road in the middle, along and across that watercourse making it a dangerous situation for Mr Blackman and a laughing matter for them and who it was intended for , but if any flooding happen again, look out for some form of collateral


  47. ac August 27, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

    BTW what has been the outcome of the wall and boulder problem


  48. Hants August 27, 2015 at 5:15 PM #


    I hope what just happened in Dominica does not happen in Barbados but this is hurricane season and God is not a Bajan.


  49. watchman August 27, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

    @ Hants
    As the saying goes, God is not a Bajan but we have a lots of Devils, some in the form of civil officers who overlooked dangerous situations that caused suffering


  50. watchman August 27, 2015 at 5:59 PM #

    @ AC
    The outcome, ask Minister Dr. Denis Lowe , P S Mr. Alleyne, M T W C T O Mr. Thornhill, Drainage Unit Director Mr. Rowe


  51. ac August 27, 2015 at 8:03 PM #

    Watchman ! why don’t you ask Mottley to put in a few good words for you,,after all she likes rubbing shoulders


  52. watchman August 27, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

    what is a good word ? It will take some years to find an antidote to counteract the poison snakes in the services, the fatted calf was supposed to have the antibodies for counteracting the Bees venoms but something went wrong , so the powers that be kill off about 5000 snakes from the bottom and left the top to create anxious tension in the pit


  53. Hants August 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM #


    another one leaving Africa.


  54. Hants September 21, 2015 at 6:29 PM #


    I hope Paynes Bay didnt get flood way like Alexandra.


  55. watchman September 21, 2015 at 7:35 PM #

    @ Hants

    Thanks for the concern , not getting that heavy rain in Clarkes Road yet , the flooding situation at Alexandra was always bad ,but made worst, due to the building of a highway above , the callous situation Mr. Blackman have in his backyard is a botch road in the middle,along and across a watercourse , the CTO at MTW is hoping to meet with the Town Planning assistant for the area to provide a positive way forward ,


  56. Hants October 5, 2015 at 6:23 PM #

    This could be a rain event.


  57. abajanhowe April 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM #

    Re. the Mr. Blackman’s watercourse debacle.
    I ask your readers to forgive my abrupt comment. With Denis Lowe you will get absolutely nothing done about this dangerous issue. Pointing fingers at the various departments is the ideal and sure escape way of getting nothing done. Sorry Mr. Blackman and others, we are lost.



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