It is a Paradise – A Decaying Physical Infrastructure

Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. We take no pleasure posting the following pictures which reflect our decaying physical infrastructure. We go further to opine that it is a sad reflection of our inability to effectively and efficiently manage our tiny country. For partisan political reasons many will not want to admit it but it is the truth. If we love our country we need to pull it back!

It is not about the quantum of taxpayers resources allocated to build stalls near to Golden Square to accommodate the displaced vendors from Fairchild Street market, it is about the lack of management to ensure it was efficiently executed.

The three pictures of the dilapidated erection meant to shield the public’s view of one of the most beautiful vistas on our coastline must be described as a ‘sin’.  Do we need to remind the country that Bridgetown and its environs is categorized as a world heritage site?

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109 Comments on “It is a Paradise – A Decaying Physical Infrastructure”

  1. Gabriel May 29, 2016 at 1:03 PM #

    Thanks.I would not see that house because it’s not an oft used road,just as I thought,but Lennox Honeychurch should do something about it now it has been highlighted


  2. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 1:12 PM #

    As far as I now Lennox Honeychurch has gone back to Dominica,probably out of frustration.


  3. David May 29, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    @Colonel Buggy

    Shouldn’t that building be designated a heritage site?


  4. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 1:33 PM #


  5. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 1:45 PM #

    All of the buildings within the boundary where the World Heritage signs are located should be part of the World Heritage Site.


  6. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM #

    This building is not within the Garrison World Heritage Site, as it falls some 10 or 12 feet on the other side of the sign.Nevertherless it should still be kept presentable.


  7. Gabriel May 29, 2016 at 2:29 PM #

    Didn’t know Honeychurch returned to Dominica.What does the short man at Culture,little hitler have to say then.More mortar.That building shown is behind T&CP.Maybe we’ll soon see it designated ‘derelict’.


  8. Georgie Porgie May 29, 2016 at 2:30 PM #



  9. Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

    @ David
    Perhaps it is BECAUSE of the ‘heritage site designation’ that these buildings all seem to be falling apart….
    What do you want to bet that the same B’dos government that does ZERO maintenance to its own buildings will be insisting that private owners spend fortunes to maintain these old buildings in pristine condition?
    What do you bet that the best economic option for the owners is to let them run to ruin and fall down?

    Same shiite with prime agricultural lands where owners are almost forced to take the best economic option of letting them fall into ruin …then to hopefully sell them off as housing spots.

    When the head is bad, the rest of the body must fall into ruin…


  10. David May 29, 2016 at 3:41 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    there is merit in what you say, let us take the Cultural Fund for example which is to support the Cultural Industries Bill effort, no money to fund it!

    On Sun, May 29, 2016 at 6:39 PM, Barbados Underground wrote:



  11. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 3:41 PM #

    Added to the call for an Airport in St Lucy, followed by another for a Cruise Terminal, and now a bus hub, by Dennis Kellman ,he is now promising to restore the birth place of RH Errol Barrow,at Nestfield St Lucy.


  12. Exclaimer May 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy,

    I presume that the officials from UNESCO would have have explained in great detail to our cultural ministry why a part of Bridgetown was given world heritage status. That they have failed to understand the significance of this title is revealing. It reconfirms to me that we are not a serious nation.

    As for solutions to our decaying built-environment i have none! The mess is so great that our problem is where do we start?


  13. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM #

    There is an old saying, ” You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”
    Bridgetown and the Garrison are relatively small places which those from the Cultural Ministry and the Cabinet traverse daily, often multiple times. They see the rot, they see the rundown and ramshackled places., but like many Barbadians we have grown accustomed to it. Just like placing unsightly ,stinking mobile outhouses(not my first choice of a word ) outside the premier heritage building on the Garrison , just where visitors alight from their various tour coaches.And that does not bother us.

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  14. Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 4:31 PM #

    @ Exclaimer
    All it would take is a little vision, some creativity, lots of patriotism and LOTS of hard work…. But the situation can be reversed.
    The problem is that many parasites who are benefitting currently at the expense of the system will suffer losses from, and will resist the needed change.

    It would take a level of leadership that has eluded us now for some decades.

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  15. Exclaimer May 29, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

    @ Bush Tea,

    I am sorry but i believe that the rot is irreversible. The few die hards on BU are simply swimming against the tide. Colonel Buggy is correct we have become so conditioned to the rotting infrastructure of our built-environment that we simply do not notice how bad it has become. We have become desensitised to our environment.

    I have never visited a country with so many half-completed buildings. What about the simple chattel houses? Most require a simple lick of paint yet their owners seem quite happy living in houses where the paintwork is peeling off.

    A couple of years ago i went into the grounds of the Empire and talked to a half-dressed bare footed man who had made it his home!

    How can we have a future when our people have no pride in themselves.


  16. David May 29, 2016 at 5:15 PM #


    Sad to say you maybe correct. You get a sense how difficult things are to pull back when you drive behind a school bus and have to observe the garbage being tossed out of the buses. They will be the adults of tomorrow.


  17. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM #

    The Garrison ,at least is ,recoverable. As I’ve previously mentioned ,take the upkeep and maintenance of the Garrison out of the hands of the Ministry of Culture,as if they cared,and put it into the hands of an extended Pioneer Company of the Barbados Defence Force, consisting of Regulars and ‘volunteers’ from the Court System and other young people , engaged in a sort of semi- national service, similar to the Sports Programme. Much of the improvement to the Garrison could be achieved with low tech, cleaning ,scrubbing and a coat of paint.
    The budget to do major work, like the refitting of the roof and other repairs to the former Young Officer Quarters at the back of the Garrison School , could come from the millions of dollars saved by ousting the same ineffective Ministry of Culture from their plush Bizzy Williams rental offices at the back of Sky Mall in Haggatt Hall.


  18. Gabriel May 29, 2016 at 5:55 PM #

    I have very fond memories of the Garrison,Joined the Regiment at age 14 from no 3 company.RQSM Browne lived on the premises near the armory.Used to ride my bike past the mobiloil depot to shoot at shot hall early(5am)on Saturday mornings using the 303 that gave me a bruised shoulder every time.Lovely days.No fear setting out from home at 3am on my trusty Raleigh for the 8 mile ride.Later trained to use the Bren.What I liked about these experiences was that there were average bajans who taught us to use these guns.Guys were carpenters,masons,messengers etc but sharp and disciplined and they exacted the same from you.No mollycoddling.”when I tell yuh move,move it man”


  19. de pedantic Dribbler May 29, 2016 at 6:31 PM #

    @Gabriel, re “I have very fond memories of the Garrison,Joined the Regiment at age 14 from no 3 company.”

    The reference to #3 reminds me fondly of the days when there was also only #1 and 2 companies. But sadly up to maybe six+ years ago despite (or maybe because of) the expansion of that disciplined system of cadets to more schools the actual cadetting was practically non-existent as uniforms were unavailable for recruits.

    …and thus they lost interest.

    Have no idea if things have changed but that fundamental discipline, camaraderie and leadership training that you and many others enjoyed is not as it was.

    The simple question (to which they are simple answers too) is WHY? Why have successive administrations allowed these important institutions – as too the heritage sites – to go into abeyance!!!


  20. Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 6:53 PM #

    @ Dribbler
    Did the other schools not join #1, #2 and #3 from as far back as the 1980’s….?
    …and they did not lose interest recently because of a lack of uniform. On the contrary, it was because of a spurt in interest and unprecedented growth, that there was a demand for additional uniform and other resources.
    Of course there was no positive response to the calls for the relatively small investment in the youth and things seem to have fallen apart.


  21. de pedantic Dribbler May 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Bush Tea, but of course the cadet expansion has been on-going over many years and as you clearly know the background you would know that Ellerslie was an ‘addition’ to #3 at the fore-front of the growth.

    You would also know of the sterling work of the Patrick Skeetes’ of the BDF cadet world who oversaw much of that expansion.

    But you obviously did not note the parenthesis above!!! LOLL

    The uniform matter was a highlight (or low-light really) to establish that such an important program had been allowed to go into abeyance over the years… from the days of Gabriel!

    Surely, you must appreciate that budgeting and that ‘small “investment” you noted had to have seeped into a once well oiled system.

    You do not develop a program that has produced excellent men of leadership ability over the years, expand it and then let it run away from you…that entire process is an exercise in failure when you were exercising great success and excellence.

    How does one do that!!!!

    Work with me here Bushie. You are a sharp cookie.

    That cadet program had to have been diminished/failed after many years of success for the same type of reasons that we discuss daily re the House…petty jealousies, ‘corruption’ and men/women who lost their integrity and passion for greatness.

    No disrespect to anyone at BDF but when I discovered that uniforms had become an issue I realized that things had really gotten bad…generally!!!


  22. de pedantic Dribbler May 29, 2016 at 7:32 PM #

    correction/clarification: Surely, you must appreciate that LACK OF budgeting and that ‘small “investment” you noted had to have seeped into a once well oiled system


  23. David May 29, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

    The Cadet Corp is partly responsible for some good men today. It is a shame how it has been allowed to fade. Since it was taken over by the BDF it has gone to the dogs. Brownie and Patrick gave done some good work over the years.


  24. de pedantic Dribbler May 29, 2016 at 7:46 PM #

    @David, re “Since it was taken over by the BDF it has gone to the dogs.”

    That sir is the type statement for which your mother would send you to the bathroom with soap to wash your mouth, figuratively speaking of course, Really, you should know better than that.

    The BDF has been essentially in charge of the corps since way back when as Bushie alluded to. I can’t cite the exact date when actual administrative control was ceded but realistically and for all practical purposes the BDF was the integral force (no pun) behind the corp from late 70s.

    Patrick has long retired (from cadets) as far as I know and he was the BDF man in charge of cadets for years…so your statement is very strange.


  25. David May 29, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    @Dee Word

    You need to catch up.


  26. Colonel Buggy May 29, 2016 at 8:38 PM #

    Gabriel May 29, 2016 at 5:55 PM #
    What I liked about these experiences was that there were average bajans who taught us to use these guns.Guys were carpenters,masons,messengers etc but sharp and disciplined and they exacted the same from you.No mollycoddling.”when I tell yuh move,move it man”
    And these same guys were in no small way responsible for the discipline that was instilled in our mainly young men ,not just in the Regiment ,but in their respective civi.lian work places. Discipline was more effectively disseminated among the population then, than today with the ‘closed shop’ Defence Force. it was often overheard, ” Boy he is in the Regiment, ya don’t want to mess with him.”


  27. Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM #

    @ Dribbler
    The Cadet Corps of old suffered the same fate that the education system has suffered.

    Initially targeted at moulding leaders and role models (not just from the brand name schools, but the best of the best of those schools) the cadets were converted via the expansion program into an second-rate appendage of the army.

    The schools system was initially configured to funnel the specially talented student through HC; to the best universities in the world; … and ready to meet the challenges of leading the country. We converted that into an “all-is-one” degree factory, aimed at getting a UWI degree into every home….firmly in the hands of a brass bowl.

    Education system dead
    Cadet Leadership scheme dead
    Country soon dead.

    @ David
    Skeete, Brown and that lot were products of one of the greatest teachers ever to set foot in a Bajan school ….. one HD Maynard.
    They were just doing what they were programmed to do….


  28. David May 29, 2016 at 9:05 PM #

    @Bush Tea

    Some forget he was an excellent English teacher. Look at his success with the hockey program. They don’t make them like him any more.


  29. Vincent Haynes May 30, 2016 at 5:23 AM #

    Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM #

    As a former Cawmere Cadet,I agree with your above.

    What baffles me is that this post has given us a mirror image but weekly you get posters like WILD COOT,telling us where we are at but no one listens and as he has rightly stated in his last sentence,all we want to do is waste money on costumes or lack thereof.

    “Ignoratione rerum bonarum et malarum, maxime hominum vita vexetur” (The inability to tell good from evil is the greatest worry of man’s life). – Cicero.TRADITIONALLY…


  30. de pedantic Dribbler May 30, 2016 at 9:02 AM #

    @ Bush Tea May 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM …senor, you say some glib, sweet-sounding things that completely befuddle and rubbish significant social theory and practice.

    Which “The Cadet Corps of old …” are you talking about. The one that Caswell experienced or the one that Skeete ran as a BDF officer?

    When did the talented and bright stop being channeled to the best universities in the world?

    Where do those who attend the elite HC you acclaim go if not into leadership of Bajan institutions/governance?

    And pray tell how does a university degree in every home dumb-down the country to your neologistic status?

    Rhetorical all…so no need to update one of your well-worked education screeds! LOLL.

    Just wanted to highlight that your remarks provide lovely words that skim the surface ever so sweetly.

    And you know of course that Col Maynard taught and ‘programmed’ a lot of others too.

    I could be wrong but as my friends dem relate he would have done his influence thing with an entire generation of labor leaders like Murrell et al, for example. Clearly their programming code would have been error-ridden it seems. LOLLL.

    Wait Vincent, you were a cadet too. Fah Trute, Wha lawd!


  31. Gabriel May 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM #

    Part of my happy experiences in the no 3 Company was at camp at Fortescue,St Philip.A group of us from the 3 Companies came under the tutelage of full time soldiers who were stationed in Guyana and were brought to Barbados to train us up to cadet officer standard.They were of the Black Watch and the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Regiments.Some of them were huge in stature and looked like giants to us little teenagers.


  32. Vincent Haynes May 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    de pedantic Dribbler May 30, 2016 at 9:02 AM #

    Chuckle…..yup and a labor leader at one time and no Maynard never taught me,although I attended during his time and he was in charge of the Cadets.


  33. Colonel Buggy May 30, 2016 at 3:55 PM #

    Gabriel May 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM
    The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. A great Regiment .One of its Battalions ,in Aden was commanded by Lt Col Colin “Mad Mitch ” Mitchell,who defied the orders of his Generals in Whitehall, while he was leading his battalion ,complete with bag pipers, on an operation through a notorious part of Aden.


  34. Colonel Buggy May 31, 2016 at 8:54 PM #

    Yards from the imposing General Post Office. Inches from the Jubillee Bus Stand. On the Fontabelle Main Road. Not far from the Bridgetown Port. A hundred yards from Broad Street. A crying Shame!


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