The Grenville Phillips Column – Make Politicians Pay

The Drainage department is responsible for cleaning drains. If they do not clean the drains, then there may be flood damage, which is a public concern. We are all liable for public concerns, and may have to pay additional taxes to repair any flood damage.

If I prevented the Drainage department from cleaning a drain, and rainfall then caused flooding downstream, then this is not a public concern, but a private matter. The damage resulted from my actions. Therefore, I should be liable for any flood damage, not the public.

The Town Planning department is responsible for the orderly development of the built environment. When people build without Planning permission, the Town Planning department is supposed to enforce their regulations on behalf of the public.

When people squat on vacant land, then that is a public concern. If politicians prevent the Town Planning department from enforcing their regulations, then it is no longer a public concern, but a private political matter. Those political parties should be liable for any costs to rectify the situation that they caused.

For decades, both BLP and DLP administrations have interfered with the normal public process, and changed public concerns to private concerns that they should pay to rectify. However, every time that the established political parties have messed things up, they simply raised additional taxes to pay for their mistakes.

For over 40 years, both political parties have used the national treasury as their political party account. That was wrong. The issue with the Rock Hall squatters is simply the latest glaring example of public money being misused to pay for private political concerns.

If the Town Planning department was allowed to do its job, then we would not be forced to make political payments to squatters. Why can’t political parties make their own political payments?

We have been asked for our solution to the Rock Hall squatter problem. However, that is a private matter between the BLP, DLP and the squatters to whom they made reckless promises.

Our Squatter Solution

To address all squatting, we must acknowledge that persons may temporarily find themselves financially embarrassed at some time in their lives. If they cannot cope, then that is a public concern. We propose that the Government reserve approximately 30 acres of crown land, and subdivide it into 1,500 sq-ft lots. On each lot, a hurricane resistant chattel house, not larger than 600 sq-ft, should be allowed.

This should provide approximately 600 houses, in which those in temporary unfortunate circumstances can reside while they recover. Residents are expected to recover within one year, during which time rent may be waived. To discourage persons from using the houses as permanent shelters, rent should increase each year.

It is important that the Government make policies for all Barbadians, not just those whom they made reckless political promises during the last general election. Politicians should keep their political promises, but they should not raid our national treasury, or increase our tax burden, to do so.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

19 comments

  • You started your Party late and you work up late, you have a lot of catching up to do,
    I can see you dont listen to No one but yourself, We told you the government has no Land , The government are also Squatters, So again you want crime to fix all things in Barbados and not by law, As said before We hope you have a Clear title deed,

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  • A HIT JOB ….19th Century Cistern COMPLETELY Demolished …THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL, THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE ARE MEANINGLESS WITH THIS GOVERNMENT!! Our Son and his friends used to take an inflatable Raft into this Cistern in their Youth. There was a Concrete Pad with a hole in the top that allowed entrance into this Architectural Marvel. “When a news team visited the area a number of bats were seen hanging from the inside while some sections of the structure had graffiti.” So how could it have been that nobody knew it was there? THE GRAFFITI ON THE WALL IS MODERN, WHICH TELLS THAT THIS WAS NOT AN UNKNOWN PLACE!

    NEXT TIME VOTE SOLUTIONS BARBADOS…Mr. Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados who never would have allowed this Historical Tragedy to happen!

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  • @ Alex Mitchel BFP

    You started your Party late and you work up late, you have a lot of catching up to do,
    I can see you dont listen to No one but yourself, We told you the government has no Land , The government are also Squatters, So again you want crime to fix all things in Barbados and not by law, As said before We hope you have a Clear title deed,
    _xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    You keep coming with your bullshit with no credibility.

    I don’t think I have ever met anyone so paranoid and stupid the first time we met in Hastings Plaza.

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  • Hi Freedom:

    I thought that the demolition was fake news until I visited the site today and only saw rubble. I am too angry to comment any further right now.

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  • A backward society still living in the dark ages.., and this one don’t even want to SEE Black children, the majority population…HOME SCHOOLED….i remember having to tell her off on a blog because of that backward mentality..

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  • No other society would have bulldozed its heritage. Will the developer be prosecuted? Barbados s a failed state.

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  • Not only angry…
    In an island which is putting all of its eggs in one basket, one can see that as a tourist attraction this may have had a significant impact on our product..

    Repeating myself.. What made them stop?Did the idiocy become overwhelming?

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  • @ Freedom Crier,

    Thanks for the photos. I am a tad confused. Last week I read that half of the structure had been demolished and all work had been ceased. Yet you have used the words “…..A HIT JOB ….19th Century Cistern COMPLETELY Demolished…..” I am looking at the first three photos; they suggest that the demolition of the structure was not halted. GP stated that he visited the site and only witnessed rubble.

    @ TheOGazerts,

    The photographic evidence and the words from GP and FC suggest strongly that the structure has now been reduced to rubble!

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  • @ David,

    As always, please check your spam!

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  • A clear case of DELIBERATE SABOTAGE..

    of course crooks of a feather protect each other…

    a USELESS government..

    29-0

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  • I hope they were did not reduce the entire structure to rubble.

    ” However, after about half the structure was destroyed workmen stopped the demolition and officials were notified and historians called in.”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2019/08/20/fort-george-find/

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  • “NEXT TIME VOTE SOLUTIONS BARBADOS…Mr. Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados who never would have allowed this Historical Tragedy to happen!”

    Freedom Crier

    Could you please explain how voting for Solutions Barbados……. or even the UPP, PDC, DLP, BFP or Natalie ‘Natlee’ Harewood, for that matter, could have prevented “this Historical Tragedy from happening?”

    Supposed chartered engineer Grenville Phillips II was Prime Minister of Barbados and the excavation work was being carried out under similar circumstances, what could PM Phillips II have done to prevent the excavator operator from demolishing the structure?

    Would PM Phillips II be on site supervising the operation? Would he have told the supervisor or called the BWA to tell the site supervisor: “If wunnuh find anything that looks historical stop digging?”

    So, because “THE GRAFFITI ON THE WALL IS MODERN, WHICH TELLS THAT THIS WAS NOT AN UNKNOWN PLACE,” does that mean PM Phillips II would have known of its existence?

    I’m just trying to follow the logic of your argument, because, so far, your political thoughts are just as irrational as any…….”kluck, kluck, kluck, kluck….ka-kluck.”

    The workmen were perhaps going about their duties unaware the cistern existed or of its historical importance…… and probably stopped, as Gazzerts mentioned, when “the idiocy become overwhelming.”

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  • Both wicked governments ALLOWED their THIEVING CRIMINAL MINORITY BRIBEMASTERS…to rob the the PENSION FUND hundreds of millions of dollars…and now this useless government is STEALING from pensioners rendering them broke and unable to care for themselves, leaving them i extreme poverty…….to make up for their massive THEFT of pensioner’s money over the decades..

    This is what evil black governments do to their OWN people each and every time.. 29-0

    https://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/241549/pension-pressure-st-john

    “Wayne “Ricky” Gibbons of Gall Hill, St John, has suddenly lost his $750 pension which Government replaced with a $24 monthly cost of living allowance.

    And he doesn’t understand why, since the Government said it would reverse the decision..”

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  • The VILENESS of CORRUPT, WICKED negro governments…

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  • Artax I can see you went to school Long but ya did not learn much ya must have been good at Poetry because all ya are doing is Regurgitating with no understanding. There was a Pause in the Demolition at that time and this Disaster made All the Newspapers and was a National Conversation. Seeing that the Destruction Continued they had to have been given the Green Light from High Up and that is when if Solutions Barbados was in Charge they would have made the RIGHT Decision and if you cannot understand that Stay Regurgitated.

    TLSN
    See Hants Post August 29, 2019 10:17 PM Idiots-r-us http://barbadoswaterauthority.com/?p=7921

    “BARBADOS WATER AUTHORITY
    PRESS RELEASE

    Statement from the Barbados Water Authority

    Discovery of Water Cistern at Fort George

    During excavation work for the construction of a new Barbados Water Authority (BWA) water storage tank at Fort George, an old water cistern system was discovered.

    Upon being made aware of the structure, the BWA advised its contractors to immediately stop the excavation process. It has been agreed that until further investigations can be executed by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Barbados National Trust and the BWA, work on the project will be halted.

    The new reservoir, which is to be located next to the existing Fort George Tank, will have an increased capacity of 300,000 US gallons of water and is necessary to improve the water supply to over twenty-five (25) heavily populated neighbourhoods of St. Michael and Christ Church. (ENDS)

    BWA Marketing/Communications Dept.
    August 19, 2019”.

    FREEDOM STILL MAINTAINS THAT BWA HAD TO HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE STRUCTURE HOWEVER, SOMEONE WAS DETERMINED TO HAVE HIS OR HER WAY IN ITS DEMISE…

    NOW, TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY… “The new reservoir, which is to be located next to the existing Fort George Tank”.

    What is Aesthetically Displeasing is that Large Water Tank that commands one of the Best Views of the Island can be seen from miles around, soon to be Replaced by an even Bigger Structure. While on the other hand the Huge Historical Water Cistern Edifice that was Constructed and was done so that it was unnoticeable and became one with the Landscape.

    THERE IS A GIGANTIC HOLE IN THE SAME FORT GEORGE AREA A STONE THROW AWAY FROM THE TANK, it maybe the Remanent of a past Quarry could not the New Tank be placed in that Excavated old Quarry? IT IS CERTAINLY BIG ENOUGH, THAT WOULD ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER TANK VIEWED FROM ALL PARTS OF THE ISLAND AND THE AESTHETIC WOULD BE FAR MORE PLEASING.

    GP 11, Could you have a Sway in this area which Freedom Recommended about Relocating the Tank, instead of yet another Eye Sore commanding one of the Best Views on the Island?

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  • How could a claim that this cistern was discovered when the Sunday Morning Hikes routinely passed and inspected them with awe?

    I have been down inside already!!

    Whoever claims to have discovered it will hereafter be known as Columbus!!

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  • GP2

    Your solution “for ALL squatting” will not work.

    You have to knock down all illegal structures in about a week or two after the start of construction (the sooner the better).

    If it is not approved, knock it down!

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  • Freedom Crier

    I read that excavation was halted when it was discovered the cistern was partially demolished. I simply ASKED how voting for Grenville Phillips II, or anyone else for that matter, would have prevented the structure from being partially demolished?

    Please explain how ASKING simple questions could be interpreted as “regurgitating without understanding?” What did I regurgitate? How is asking a question repeating what someone previously mentioned?

    I always thought if you don’t know something you ask a question, because I never knew asking a question was regurgitating.

    Anyhow, speaking of “regurgitating,” I’ve never read one of your contributions in which you expressed YOUR original thoughts, ideas and critical analysis of issues.

    Take Trump, for example, who is known to tell blatant untruths. Whereas I prefer to be a bit more objective when critiquing the gentlemen and would look for information from neutral, credible, independent sources such as “Fact Check,” and those that support him……. analyze both sources to determine what he says is actually true, factual or false………

    ………….you are ALWAYS quick BELIEVE everything he says as FACT and TRUTH. You do not compare and contrast information from neutral, credible or independent sources with that from sources known to support Trump…….. for a rational and critical analysis of the issue. Instead, you would copy and paste, to this forum, information ONLY from sources that are known to support Trump, such as FOX News……… and “memes” that only present his of the story, which you use as the basis to “construct” your contributions, which are always subjective and not based on empirical evidence.

    BTW, for your information, a meme is simply an image, phrase, video, etc., containing VARIATIONS of what was said or done, that is copied and spread rapidly over social media, aimed at attracting people within a particular culture. Donald Trump is an example of a particular culture.

    Coping and pasting other people’s thoughts as the basis to “construct” your contributions and memes that contain variations of what was actually said, means you are devoid of the ability to think rationally and analyse the issues, you lack comprehension skills.

    This is a PEFECT EXAMPLE of “REGURGITATING WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING.”

    So, I’m guessing you went to school long and was equally good at poetry as well.

    Unfortunately, you can’t understand what you’re doing……. so, it’s obvious you’ll “stay regurgitated.”

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