James Paul Blames Developers for Water Shortage

Submitted by Anthony Davis
James Paul MP, CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society

James Paul MP, CEO of the Barbados Agricultural Society

Developers of new housing developments are to blame for the water shortage at the BWA because they are putting down too much concrete around homes. I don’t even call them developers,”he said – Barbados Today 16 February, 2016

First of all, Mr. Paul, pray tell me: Is there no concrete around your home and the others where you live?

Is it, by chance, that you live in a slave hut, and that is why you are suggesting that we start building them again?

I bet that your house is built on a wonderful concrete foundation with your garage and drive way also being of concrete. It’s very strange that you want us to go back to slavery, while you and the other members of Government enjoy a life of Riley.

If you are so worried about water wastage, why are you giving Cahill Energy free water rights for 30 years in such a water scarce country as Barbados?

Why did you put up a $60 million building in the Pine for the BWA?

Is there no concrete surrounding that building for the various vehicles to park?

How about a moratorium on all-inclusive hotels in our country?

The people who stay there do not make much difference to the economy, because all they need is paid for up front. It’s the same with all of the condominiums which are being built, and do not have to hire many people. Also most of the money earned in foreign exchange goes to some foreign country.

Another question is: Did Town and Country Planning give the developers permission to put down as much concrete as you are purporting?

It’s time you all stop trying to pin the blame on someone else for whatever your problems are. You go to Parliament to discuss a garbage problem in this country, and all you discuss is Greenland. We all know what happened with Greenland so it’s time to move on from there, instead of trying to use it as some smoke screen to push through something which is not proven, and where two of them have been shut down recently – even one in Canada. Let Clare Cowan go and apply to start one in her country instead of here to pollute ours!

How much water will be needed for the new Sam Lord’s Castle project, and the new one which is to be started on Bay St., thereby depriving the populace of this country of the use of part of a popular beach?

How often have people called the BWA about water which is gushing down the road, only for someone to turn up to rectify the situation weeks after?

Methinks that a lot of this garbage problem is to show the people that we cannot do without Cahill Energy’s waste-to-energy plant which will be of no benefit to anyone else but yourselves, because you signed on to it in our name, but we didn’t ask you to.

How much concrete will be put down for the SSA building and the waste-to-energy plant in Vaucluse?

Those buildings and the relative parking lots – especially knowing that there will be trucks, and all other kinds of vehicles parking there – will also hinder the water from percolating into the aquifers.

Also, Cahill Energy will be allowed to get 30 years of free water, whereas the population of Barbados and those tourists who choose to visit Barbados will be deprived of water as usual.

So, Mr. Paul, wheel and come again. We are NOT going back to the slave huts!

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10 Comments on “James Paul Blames Developers for Water Shortage”

  1. Well Well & Consequences February 23, 2016 at 10:34 PM #

    The politicians always look to blame someone else for problems they themselves created, they are adept at designating blame and nothing else.


  2. Simple Simon February 24, 2016 at 12:18 AM #

    You make your living from concrete Anthony? You are a BLPite?

    Cuhdear man. James is right.

    But it is not only concrete. It is also low rainfall.

    And I did not hear the man mention anything about slave juts or going back to slavery.

    A lotta, lotta us, you, me, James grew up free and happy in non-concrete non-slave hut houses.

    Surely there is a happy medium, somewhere between slave huts, and concrete all the way from Christ Church to St. Lucy which is good for all of us and for the environment too.

    But we have to think about sustainable solutions. Think, think, think.


  3. NorthernObserver February 24, 2016 at 1:41 AM #

    I am guessing, for I cannot find the article itself, the MP is referring to “impermeable landscaping materials”, and the placement of concrete drives, decks, walkways, even pools etc as opposed to natural materials which allow rainwater to percolate to levels below the surface.
    While this can help, lack of rain and the leaking water mains which have been siphoning water flow for years, would seem to be greater culprits.
    The MP also had words in the “wrapper controversy”; think he’s seeking a little press coverage?


  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 24, 2016 at 6:05 AM #

    Hahaha so the amount of concrete on the ground is interfering with the percolating effect needed for rain water to get into our underground system. Well, Mr. Paul if you feel that is the reason get your administration to effect necessary changes in the building code to reduce the amount of concrete paving during building construction. However, you know the problem is far bigger than this cop out. Your administration and the one before you found it convenient to ignore the title water scare. You people just felt that during the rainy season enough rain will fal to replenish aquifers and keep reservoirs filled. In fact, none of you felt it prudent that the amount of burst mains happening across the island was a cry for change or better yet a call to inspect. As per usual, shit has to hit the fan before anything is done. Paul, you are complaining and blaming just like your other colleagues. Do like Kellman, look to solutions and stop the blame. Tell 3-PM that Cahill is not as important as water. At least, we still getting garbage collected but if we run out of water, you know the dog dead.


  5. David February 24, 2016 at 6:31 AM #

    What is the role of the Town Planning department?


  6. racehrse February 24, 2016 at 7:58 AM #

    @David “What is the role of the Town Planning department?”

    Here’s their grandiose website: http://www.townplanning.gov.bb/

    But role, there is none, except to loot the public coffers. Look around the island. You see fences, and walls that exceed the height requirements. You see neighbors that erect chattels that exceed setback lines. You see a private road built that redirects drainage. And you have a lame duck director. You see dangerous buildings that should be demolished.


  7. racehrse February 24, 2016 at 8:05 AM #

    Mr Paul is all about the farming industry. In his constituency there remains vacant un-mowed lots, and land that harbor trash, rats, and zika that have remained, and reported for years. Why isn’t he forcing the owners to clean it up, or having government clean it up, and placing a lien on the land.


  8. Simple Simon February 24, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    @NorthernObserver February 24, 2016 at 1:41 AM “I think he’s seeking a little press coverage?”

    Nah. In his role as head of the Barbados Agricultural Society he is always readily available to the media. He does not hide from the media.


  9. NorthernObserver February 26, 2016 at 3:08 PM #

    I wasn’t suggesting he hides. Rather to get comments out on a wider variety of issues to prove he is deserving of greater recognition than the BAS.


  10. Hants February 27, 2016 at 12:17 AM #


    “THE BARBADOS WATER Authority has announced a prohibition on the use of water for certain purposes from March 1 to May 31, 2016.

    The prohibition covers the irrigation or watering of gardens, lawns and grounds; filling or supplying tanks, pond, baths or swimming pools and washing roadways, pavements or vehicles by hose.”



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