Development by any means necessary

Owen said that land must fetch its highest economic price.

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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

Back in 2003 Owen Arthur touted the Pierhead Marina Development Plan. For some this was a visionary idea, for others in the years after it was a chance to get out licking. 20 years later a flurry of activity has indicated that investment development on the island’s south-west corridor is back at an all systems go stage

Savvy on the Beach
Not much more that can be said here that hasn’t already been ventilated. It is absolutely clear though that Kinch must go.

Marina shops
These shops were slowly shuttered up over a few years. A recent article with the owner of Marina Restaurant who was locked out in 2020 confirms that it too is time for him to go. Miss Daisy has spoken.

Cavans Lane renters
Though two remaining renters have vowed to fight their “sudden” eviction, they know they are only renting and they will have to go. A public notice has also confirmed that the next four years will see the entire area transformed.

Barbados Defence Force
The PM flew a kite when she hinted that BDF HQ “may” have to move. But, it is clear from the overall plan that it HAS to move. Just a matter of when.

Mrs. Ram
This property was compulsorily acquired and continues to be a battle. Hyatt will now take its place. Like it or not, this may be the way things are done moving forward.

Geriatric Hospital
This staple on Beckles Road will soon be no more, in an effort to replace it a Conference Centre and mixed facility to replace LESC which will soon be entirely in the hands of someone other than “us.”

Beckles Hill residents
These folk have been informed that they will be moved “soon.” The long promised town hall to discuss it has not yet materialised but, with construction in Waterford already started it’s only a matter of time. Their space is needed.

Now for clarity, this is not intended to be a criticism (that’s for you Artax). Instead it hopefully serves to highlight and connect some dots. Development is good when done well. It can bring much needed investment, employment and economic activity. The investment plan for the entire stretch of town to Harts Gap is unbelievably ambitious and will change that entire landscape in MAJOR way. But some features of progress should always merit attention

1. The lack of open communication with the public and potentially impacted stakeholders about the overall plan

2. The need for thoughtful consideration or involvement of persons who made this stretch their homes, their workspaces and their own investment.

3. The usual concerns raised about “how” and “by who” these projects are being done

4. Ongoing debate about a Government’s right to acquire any property it deems necessary for “public” purposes (a la Mrs. Ram and others).

Gabby sang “that beach is mine,” at the end of the day we would like to think that Barbados belongs to all of us.

Owen said that land must fetch its highest economic price. Agreed or not, this mantra resulted in alot of people being left without a piece of the rock..

David [Thompson] said it’s more than an economy, it’s a society. But, we must ask in 2023 what type of society do we have? Do we want?

Freundel said…well…nothing much.

Mia has a vision, but let’s hope that alot more persons don’t get left behind, placed on the side or booted out in the name of “visionary progress.”

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185 thoughts on “Development by any means necessary

  1. How does a country that claims to value education so much muck up the appointment of principals and deputies by naming them to new schools on the first day of school.
    This is par for the brass bowlery course Sarge…. You KNOW that!!

    You MUST also know that the process had to be delayed because the ONLY decision – maker and top bully has been extremely busy traveling the world giving speeches about debt forgiveness and seeking other favors for compliant countries who mass vaccinated their victim populations, and surveyed their children to establish future bulling potential…as instructed by the great beast.

    Did you think that ANY of the shiite women in eddykashun bout here would DARE announce transfers without the SPECIFIC OK of our global expert?

    De teachers lucky she was not invited to dat big do at the UN – else the transfers would be after week 1…

  2. In bigger brassbowlery blunders – Talking Loud Ain’t Sayin’ Nothing ’bout the Great Collapsing Concrete Scandal in the schools of England. Schools announced closed just hours before they were supposed to open, “out of the abundance of caution” (my words) to ensure the bloody roofs don’t collapse on the children’s heads.

    Meanwhile, the pessimistic poppet celebrates some great “escape” from Little England’s late appointments of principals, to very late and maybe later, dearly departed principals and pupils on the floors of Big England’s schools as the concrete ceilings cave and fall.

    Their government was warned long ago that 300 schools a year needed roof replacement due to expiration of the life of the material. Chancellor RAAC Sunak said you can fix 100.

    He is promoted, as was China Town Duguid, to Prime Minister. But, unlike Duguid, his appointment is “permanent”. (Or lasting longer than a head of lettuce).

    Some bloody escape! I’ll take my chances in Barbados with an earthquake.


    P.S. Not even a lil post from de Guardian?????

    P.P.S. Waiting lists at the QEH are long. Waiting time at QEH emergency are longer. Only thing longer is the waiting lists and lines at the NHS!

    Murdaaaaah! It is Donna that did the Ronald Biggs!

    • Can’t always ignore some black fool in England pretending that life is better for black people in England.

      Or that white people govern themselves any better than black people.

      The damn fools don’t realise they are perpetuating the myth of white superiority, the ideology of white supremacy and the justification for colonisation.

      “It seems these savages cannot govern themselves.”

    • It is unfortunate that EMERA at the night of a heat wave decided to fail Barbadians. Island blackout we understand.

  3. Forgive me. I live on the periphery being unable to deal with matters in the alternate universe.

    I wonder how TLSN feels being referred to as ‘white’ noise. What a low blow.
    Apologies are requested.

  4. How come with all the solar panels around the island we couldn’t get power?

    Emera has significant investments in solar panels and sam cow and de duppy getting permissions and loans to go solar and become third party suppliers to the national grid.

    The tripping referred to suggests that one or more of the multiple energy suppliers has a problem with synchronization but I could be wrong.

    My bet would be the reliability of the electricity supply will continue to fall further until Emera turns around and sues the offending party or parties if it or they are responsible.

    How come not one of the three ladies never mentioned the name Emera?

    It would be interesting to hear one of these ladies inform the public what safeguards and regulations are imposed on third party energy providers to the national grid. 

  5. Cooperative Coalition’s Response to Barbados Power Outage 21 Sept 2023.
    Having participated in the now two-year-old BLPC Rate review process, the representatives of the Coalition of Cooperatives are not surprised at the recent island-wide blackout experienced by the BLPC.
    There is no question about the complexity of maintaining an isolated island electric utility, twenty four hours a day, and every day of every year.
    However BLPC has been characterized by;
    • the clear lack of strategic planning towards the National Energy Policy
    • the refusal to invest in new plant now for over a decade since this has been known to be
    • massive cuts in maintenance systems and expenditure,
    • and an alarming emphasis on extracting dividends that has been way out of proportion to past
    history for BLPC.
    It seems intuitive that the price to be paid for such a strategy by BLPC will eventually be seen in increasing unreliability, outages and poor customer service.
    Indeed, it is our considered opinion that, were it not for the high quality of staff at BLPC and their personal commitment to serving Barbados, such outages would by now have been a regular feature of BLPC operations. However even such dedication has its limits.
    Unless adequate resources are allocated for system maintenance and upgrades, more and more situations will arise to disrupt service to customers.
    Information shared during the current Rate Hearing shows that between the last Rate increase in 2010 and the reporting period of 2021, BLPC generated net income of $635 million.
    Of this income, $97 million was reinvested in the Company to upgrade operations improve reliability and upgrade customer service, while $537million was transferred to BLPC’s sole shareholder as dividends.
    Prior to EMERA’s influence on such decisions, BLPC routinely allocated over 70% of its net income to improving the electricity network, meeting customer expectations and preparing for future needs.
    It appears that BLPC has now been converted into a cash machine for EMERA. It must be then expected that the price to be paid will be increasing unreliability, poor service, and increasing costs.
    Unless the root cause of this problem is addressed, the situation will only become worse.
    Trevor Browne
    Cooperative Coalition
    Intervenor – BLPC Rate Hearing 2021

  6. Development that comes laced with with Brass Bowlery (copyright Bushie) and 2 steps backwards (copyright Serenader) with convenient silence (copyright Freundel) is not development.

    In light of BL&P’s request for increases they REALLY need to explain what happened yesterday. And no monkey see monkey do excuse either.

    Just observing

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  8. While “clean energy” is attractive, it has a long way to go and may not even be the panacea it is believed to be.

    Time to get back to reality.

    We don’t need politicians running round Barbados talking about matters of which they have little understanding.

    Climate Change is a hoax and while there are big $$$ attached, the attraction for politicians and their connections is dangerous.

    The production of electricity should not be put in the hands of “entrepreneurs” with little or no practical experience.

    A monkey once shut down the power grid in Barbados.

    We don’t need any more especially of the two foot kind.

    Can anyone list all the various “clean energy suppliers” that Light and power has to purchase their product from to resell to the public?

    Does anyone know what requirements they have to meet in order to become acceptable as a sub-contractor?

  9. It was like that when I was there in the late 1990’s as a member of a hiking group going up Blue Mountain Peak.

    Blue Mountain Peak is simply beautiful.

    But it is wrong to prevent people who have routinely made their living from the sea, like fishermen.

    It would have made sense to include the fishermen into the resort.

    A tourist would have enjoyed the local experience.

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