UDC chief: Painting wall not part of campaign
Members of the public had been questioning the bright yellow and blue colours in which the Westbury Cemetery wall has been painted, bearing in mind they are not only the national colours of Barbados, but more significantly those of the ruling Democratic Labour Party now winding down an intense general election campaign.
When contacted this afternoon and questioned as who was behind the painted wall, Manager of Cemeteries, Emmeric Cummins declined to comment.
But Barbados TODAY later discovered that the Urban Development Commission was responsible for painting the structure.
“It had nothing to do with the election campaign. It just so happened the election came at this time when the wall was painted,” remarked the Director of the UDC, Derek Alleyne.
“Even if there wasn’t an election, the wall would still have been painted. Since October they (authorities) were looking at painting it. They got some quotations from Berger Paints, but they did not have any money, so we offered to do the job for them,” Alleyne explained.
He said he discussed the matter with Cummins who said he wanted a bright colour “and the board agreed we could go ahead”.
So rather than having the cemetery pay $35,000 or $40,000, we did it as a community project and gave some youngsters in the community something to do and gave them stipends,” Alleyne asserted. (EJ)