Black Government Continues to Ignore BLACKman – Permanent Secretary Mark Cummins Sent 5th Request for Redress @Clarke’s Road

Mr. Mark Cummins

Permanent Secretary

Ministry Of Transport, Works and Maintenance

The Pine

St. Michael

May 22, 2019

Dear Mr. Cummins

Please accept this 5th  letter only by email 

Sir, With no acknowledgement from you to date, from my 4 previous email letters to your official email address at MTW&M, and due to the facts that as a victim of obvious unprofessional behaviour towards me from Officials at MTW&M in general, and in particular the obvious unfair manner in which MTW top technical officers treated and continue to treat my legitimate complaints. I am advised to make this 5th request for redress.

Refer to the four email letters sent to you with the circumstances pertaining to the placing of a private road across, within, and along an original watercourse bed, in which the act was carried-out by a British Expat for a purpose that ended to create a private road which effectively resulted in creating the risk of flooding.  Such actions and results were acknowledged in 2004 by the holders of responsibilities for watercourses at MTW. CTO Frank Thornhill, and Deputy CTO Philip Tudor, whose verbal statements confirmed the contravening of “The Prevention Of Floods Act Cap 235”. Yet the watercourse has not been fixed to date. Therefore obstructing the illegal private road that redirects flooding to my property already the cause of damages and continue to pose a risk to my household.

Sir, I reiterate my property adjacent to the watercourse has never flooded from an overflow of the watercourse during the years 1978-2002 I have resided here since 1982. The clarity of the facts as to how Clarke’s Road residential area became a flooding area, happened in 2002 when British ex-pat, Pat Brayshaw, commissioned the services of heavy duty equipment to illegally level a very vital part of the watercourse defined banks, and cut a road across the watercourse bed, to her lot on the North. Months later, further illegal calculated changes were made to the watercourse, by building up a boulders wall, out to her land mark, in the middle, and along the watercourse bed, and then backfill. That process clearly narrowed the watercourse, blocked the original exit of that straight part of the watercourse, and provided an increase of built up level land within the watercourse to formed a yard-cum-private road.

Sir, The wall of boulders along the middle of the watercourse bed became the new North bank to give favourable protection to the British Ex-pat side of the watercourse, while the cut-out from the south bank became a road across the watercourse bed above my home. Such illegal calculated altering of the watercourse were acknowledged by Officers of the Drainage Unit, as an “encroachment” that will certainly cause flooding. The first flooding did happened months later when the flow from rains leaked from the cut-out south bank.  The narrowed watercourse obstructs  and redirected spread flooding over my adjacent property on the south, caused erosion damage to my open backyard, front-yard, and made Clarke’s Road the new watercourse.

Complaints from 2003 to the Drainage Unit for over a year has been a waste of time. As Officers have advised, Drainage is not equipped with the necessary equipment to remove the boulders and remedy the watercourse. In 2004 the responsibilities of “The Prevention Of Floods Act cap 235” resided with the CTO of MTW, who happened to be CTO Mr. Frank Thornhill, (up to his retirement). He had the power to execute or authorise an Officer to execute flood works to remedy such an illegally created flooding situation. As stated above Deputy CTO Mr. Philip Tudor who would have acted as MTW CTO have also held those responsibilities. Both Top Technical Officers acknowledged my complaints and pleas by verbally stating that it is illegal to place a private road across and within a watercourse. they pledged to removed the boulders, and remedy the watercourse. But obvious prolonged inactions to remedying, and what followed, showed otherwise.

While the two Top Technical Officers prolonged what seems to be concerted inactions to remedy the recurring flooding situation. The broken and narrowed watercourse was severely altered and made worse due to an obvious biased process, carried-out when laying pipes for BWA, by Arthur’s Construction. Mr. Arthur purposely placed the pipes into a part of my backyard that was damage by recurring flooding from 2003. Mr. Arthur clearly reposition the watercourse into that part of my backyard, and made it appear as the original watercourse aiming at my home, and Clarke’s Road Residential Area. Mr. Arthur told me I can’t tell BWA where to lay pipes. After I had a conversation about property conversion with the Barbados Ombudsman, and then Mr. Arthur, he said all he can do is to ask BWA to build a protection wall for me.

The illegal flooding situations were clearly the results of a contravention of the law that MTW CTO held the responsibility to remedy. The two top Technical Officers, prolonged inaction to the extent where an obvious lack of attention from them seems to be that the wrongdoings at the watercourse are all right, as long as the illegal private road remained. My observation was confirmed when I asked MP for St. James Central, Hon Kerrie Symmonds to intervened, His effort only went as far as to set up a meeting at the watercourse site, without his present, both Top Technical Officers or others MTW Officers were unavailable for the meeting which turned out to be an exercise in futility. Base on the facts that MTW is responsible for watercourses, and to remedy after BWA completed a task.

Mr. Roy Morris published article stated what he envisaged the flooding situation would be after he witnessed that part of the watercourse. Another reporter Maria Bradshaw of the Nation, and last but not least, the widely read Barbados Underground all highlighted the unjustified allowing of an illegally placed private road across, within and along a watercourse that created flooding situations of which officers at MTW&M knew. Yet ignoring my household to the extent where the situation is extremely worse, the only path on my property adjacent to the illegal private road still has dislodged boulders after complaining to Pat Brayshaw, Drainage Unit and MTW. Further illegal contravening action by Mr. Clarke in removing the watercourse defined banks from the road across the watercourse to upstream where the flooding emerges, the area on the north is now driveway and garden, the south side is almost flattened.

The obvious continuing disregarding of the danger pose to my household, can only be the preconceived notion of MTW, Top Technical officers that a blue-collar working class Barbadian must only complaint, This notion supports the non responses from MTW.  The two Top Technical Officers and Officers under their authority would have had to concur with the actions in 2012-13 of Hon. George Hutson, DLP, MP for St. James Central, the PS, and Minister of MTW, also, leading up to the 2013 General Election so that MTW workmen could and were tasked to paved the said illegal private road of the British Ex-pat, under the watchful eyes of the Hon. George Hutson.

Regardless, of the acknowledgement and confirmed contravening statements of the two top Technical Officers in 2004 pertaining to the illegal placing of the private road that created recurring flooding situations, and the verbal pledged to removed the boulders and remedy the watercourse. The two Top Technical Officers clearly revealed their agreement with aiding and abetting by authorizing the retention of an illegal private road.

After the retirement of CTO Frank Thornhill. CTO, Mr. Lovell  continued to disregard the regulations of “The prevention Of Floods Act Cap 235” pertaining to his legal responsibility, concerning the illegal altering of the watercourse. Top Technical Officers knowingly refused to this day, to carry-out the required necessary floods work to remedy what caused the recurring flooding situation. By doing such, MTW&M Top Technical Officers continues to deliberately discriminate against my household.

Sir, I request an urgent redress.

Your faithfully

Alden Blackman

Resident of Clarke’s Road, St. James.

17 comments

  • @ Watchman who wrote ” Ever to conceal, never to reveal. a plan is in place.”

    I wish you and Mr. Blackman success.

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  • @TheOgazerts

    If you read Deputy CTO Philip Tudor letter to Mr. Blackman you would have seen that he did not mention removing Boulders,or restoring the watercourse, he said demolishing of a wall. the only wall in that watercourse is part of a well, that was supposed to be 40ft deep, but is 22ft that Drainage Unit placed in the wrong location

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  • There must be a reason why Deputy CTO Tudor lied , there must be a reasons why CTO Thornhill admitted his errors and give his word to an Officer at MTW, that he will address the situation at the watercourse then hastily went on retirement. there are reasons why Hon Kerrie Symmonds asked Mr, Blackman to stop repeating that MTW working men paved the illegal private road besides being family to George Hutson. Deputy CTO Philip Tudor should have said in his email who he really met with.

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  • Piece the Legend

    ” There must be a reason??

    There must be a reason wherever one of your articles get 100 entries, someone gets you to BREK up your support and start a nex blog like if you simple or something.

    Why you dont let your articles grow Mr Blackman?

    You see 3 comments?

    What this means is that people coming to the site DO NOT THINK YOUR ARTICLE IS IMPORTANT.

    BUT YOU GO AHEAD AND CARRY ON SMARTLY

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  • Three pieces of advice
    (1) Listen to piece. Look at the number of comments and see that ‘interest’ appears to be falling off (measured by the number of comments). Weekly may be too frequent.
    (2) You were gaining momentum in March and for some reason you went silent. It was like a kick in the guts to those who were supporting you.
    (3) Keep the word “BLACKMAN” in your title as it allows us to search BU for past post on the topic.

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  • I still heh!

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  • Yes Donna, we are all here. If those involved want their names to be recorded for children and grand children to see, so be it. There is some satisfaction to be gained from it.

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    Colorado State University, which pioneered hurricane season predictions, is forecasting 13 named storms, five to become hurricanes and two to hit major cyclone status. Researcher Phil Klotzbach predicted that overall the Atlantic season will be about three-quarters strong as a normal season.

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  • Piece the Legend

    @ Theophillus Gazerts

    You said and I quote

    “…(2) You were gaining momentum in March and for some reason you went silent.

    It was like a kick in the guts to those who were supporting you…”

    I dont think that he understands how this internet thing works.

    But the Honourable Blogmaster does AND HE IS MISLEADING BLACKMAN!

    Blackman ‘s points are quiet simple

    1..I is a Blackman living here from 1992 and no flooding
    2..white woman come and block up fully and flood me out during to illegal road being built
    3..I complain to authorities a d authorities say it illegal
    4..politricians Hudson, obling head Kerrie and Mugabe and dem promise to help me but nothing happened

    And unless he gets more information, preferably something incriminating, then keep fanning his article to 2000 plus comments

    This is not rocket science.

    The fewer comments mean non interest

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  • The blogmaster understand the prime minister office acknowledged the Blackman’s communication last week as well. We have a starting point with this administration.

    From: Director General-Ministry of the Public Service
    Sent: Friday, 24 May 2019 10:14
    To: alden blackman
    Subject: Re: Urgent redress for a wrongful created dangerous flooding situation, due to Gross Negligence and Complicity of MTW, Top Technical Officers in allowing a private road across, within and along a watercourse channel.

    Dear Mr. Blackman

    I acknowledge receipt of your e-mails dated April 29, 2019; May 14, 2019 and May 22, 2019 regarding the captioned subject.

    I am directed to inform you that the matter mentioned in your e-mails falls under the port folio of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, not under the Ministry of the Public Service.

    It has been noted that you have already requested assistance from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance and it is hoped that you would soon get a response from that office.

    ​Regards

    Linda Ifill (Miss)

    for Director General (Human Resources)

    Ministry of the Public Service

    E. Humphrey Walcott Building

    Cnr Culloden Road & Collymore Rock

    St. Michael

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  • Should this be taken as a sign of progress?

    Mr Blackman has a been in contact with the the MTW/M from in 2004. The letter on its face is nothing more than a ‘kick of the can down the road and onto a neighbor’s property”. The tactics of Ignore or passing the buck have been employed for decades.

    However, it appears that Mr Blackman has found signs of life, somewhere. Keep pressing on.

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  • @ TheOGazerts

    We know what comfort promises are and how ignoring works.

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  • @ Watchman

    There is a fellow called Edwards I beleive that he runs a Wax Museum somewhere in barbados.

    He is very good at his craft.

    Reach out to him and ask him to do a head for Mrs Pat Brayshaw.

    And stick it on a mannequin body

    THen buy some dog chains and attach them to yourself and to the the Mannequin

    And tek some pictures of yourself

    Create 5 accounts on for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram snapchat and Imgur called “MottleyEnslavesBlackman” or its variation

    Then publish the pictures of that Biopic

    You will have 20,000 views in 2 weeks of which 15,000 will be international hits and comments.

    People overseas get riles at slavery in 2019.

    But then again you are carrying on a civil campaign and de ole man doa do dem no more

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  • So when you are finished with this new level of campaign your images which will be sent out internationally should look like this

    Only thing your picture will have a mannequin on the other end of your chains.

    The mask on your face will be made of hard cardboard and painted silver or you can use plastic or brick board

    The Edwards man is good at things like this and may be inclined to help you since they have made him suffer for years too, or used to

    But he is a good man.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    The response from the government should be taken with a pinch of salt. It is simply an indication of acknowledgement. He has received such acknowledgements before but actions remains a Limbo State.

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  • Mr. Mark Cummins nothing more than a Town and Country UDC crook, Also needs to be in Jail,Your crimes will follow you !

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  • @ watchman

    Maybe you can learn something from the actions of this lady instead of seeking sympathy.

    Start helping yourself PRACTICALLY.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/05/29/i-protest/

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