Clarke’s Road Watercourse Issue – The Plight of a Blackman
For over a decade the pleas of a Black Barbadian have gone unheeded by successive Black governments. Whether it is the gang at the Ministry of Drainage, led by the beleaguered Denis Lowe, or the Chief Technical Officer Frank Thornhill at the MTW, a ministry led by the BMW driving Minister Michael Lashley, Alden Blackman the affected Black Barbadian resident of Clarke’s Road, Derricks, St. James continues to be ignored by a Black government.
To concisely summarize the issue:
It concerns the illegal construction – in a watercourse – by Pat Brayshaw a White immigrant whose property adjoins that of Mr. Blackman. She commissioned the construction of a wall of boulders and backfilled to create a yard and garden. The construction has created a Carew type danger my causing water to be diverted to Mr. Blackman’s property.
On the 10 August 2015 a Mr. Burke visited Blackman at Clarke’s Road to advise CTO of MTW Mr. Thornhill sent him to find out “what is my problem with the watercourse”. Mr. Burke further informed me that MTW workers stopped the asphalt paving at the end of my neighbour’s gate because she informed them that it is a private road. The MTW team returned however to tar and stone the rest of the road located in the middle and along the watercourse to satisfy the request of former member of parliament for St. James Central George Hutson.
The attached letter, page 2 addressed to Blackman from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Drainage has advised that the CTO of MTW has the authority to carry out any remedial work necessary to address the problem in Clarke’s Road, therefore, if the problem remains, the questions must be asked – Why the CTO of MTW continues to show no concern about Mr. Blackman’s plight to this day? Has the CTO or any official of MTW given Pat Brayshaw permission to dump boulders to construct a wall in the watercourse without first evaluating the site? If no permission was given why has the CTO of MTW allowed the constructed boulders wall to remain in the watercourse without remedial work after hearing a complaint from Mr. Blackman about the damage done to his property? Does the CTO of MTW know who at MTW authorized the paving of the private road?
The following links capture all the details concerning the matter of ‘Alden Blackman Vs Pat Brayshaw and the Government of Barbados’. Where is the justice?