Residents at a loss

Distress over port ferdinand marina project

Some residents in Six Men’s, St Peter are upset about new construction work being undertaken by the developers of multimillion-dollar Port Ferdinand Marina project.

They complain that they have been left in the dark over plans to build a new road leading into the marina and are also worried that other expansion work, which is taking place directly behind their homes, could put their properties in jeopardy.

Outspoken resident Omstead Hinds believes the situation is unfair, but he said they were currently at a loss, with no one to represent them.

“This is so much foolishness. I don’t even know what to say. Half of the residents don’t know what is going on, and it’s just wickedness man!

“The people don’t have anyone to represent them so there is nothing we can do,” said Hinds, while disclosing that parliamentary representative Owen Arthur had visited the area some weeks ago and had met with the developers and a small group of six residents.

Arthur could not be reached for comment this evening.

However, Harry Goodridge, whose house is located right next to ongoing expansion, was of the view that nothing could be done at this stage.

“We have no one to represent us, so there is nothing we can do  .  .  .  I believe the Government authorized them [developers] to take the land so what can I do?” he asked.

“I prefer to stay out the limelight because two wrongs don’t make a right .  .  . and you can’t fight the people with the money,” he added.

However, his brother Lauren Goodridge, who now resides in New Jersey, but has plans to return to Barbados eventually, was more outspoken on the matter and expressed strong frustration.

He was also adamant that had he been resident on the island, he would not have allowed the expansion to go on.

“They had no right building another marina down here. One was enough. They are soon going to force us to go live with the monkeys  .  .  .  . All they are doing is selling out Barbados for a few pennies,” he said, while calling on the residents to stand up for themselves.

He also pointed out that the development should not occur within six feet of the homes.

“Does that look like six feet to you? They think we are foolish, but I know right from wrong . . . . We need a community impact, but the residents don’t know what is going on and are scared,” he said, adding that it was very sad to see Barbados turning into a concrete jungle.

He also pointed to cracks in the walls of his brother’s home, which he said had emerged since the drilling work started, cautioning that residents could eventually lose their homes.

When contacted by Barbados TODAY, chairman of the Port Ferdinand development Bjorn Bjerkhamn said he was out of the island and could not comment at this time.

However, CEO Philip Tempro said the developers had met with both the area representative and the residents about the work, which he said was taking place on lands owned by them, and with the full blessing of the Ministry of Housing and the Town and Country Planning Department.


Source: (DB)

23 Responses to Residents at a loss

  1. Nitty Gritty
    Nitty Gritty September 2, 2014 at 12:43 am

    money always talks, n poor man suffer

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder September 2, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Wow so poor people get treat how ever wanna feel they should get treat well its not go be sweet… .

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder September 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    But remember a country that was build on the backs of poor people don’t forget it when wanna building wanna 5 star hotels, remember all go burn up in judgment……

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder September 2, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Because people only care about a dollar then life it self…

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder September 2, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Wanna got d $$$$ to build 5 stars that’s good faa wanna but remember d poor still got to live at the end of the day….

  6. LeaVodka White Zinfadel Bowen
    LeaVodka White Zinfadel Bowen September 2, 2014 at 1:08 am

    But these people know that they have to move cause the white man buy up all the land …..smh

  7. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

    At you mean at loss….I dont know why all ya spitting hairs..Everybody knows Bjerkhamn along with his sidekick Tempro own St Peter..and it t ain’t like your representer whoever they might be will turn down the almighty dollar ….so they can listen to a lot of long talk from you all…check the records and see… money talks and he who got it… can pay the piper…he and his infamous offspring will one day end up owning all of St peter…. and turn the parish into a gated community….

  8. Sugar Kat
    Sugar Kat September 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

    So town and country planning cud ok this cunt but decline if yah go too high or close to the road????

    • Brimstone September 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

      This is the most technical correct objection and the courts nor Owen should never allow this,,,,Why ?????
      For a start you cannot now expand your homes.
      If you attempt to, it will be blocked by the Planning department at the approval stage.
      If you attempt to otherwise it will be up for enforcement action and stopped or demolished,,,, the people at Planning love this game.
      If you appeal, you will go before a special committee, who will ultimately agree with the Chief Town Planner and you extensions/house may be demolished or drastically altered.
      Owen knows this all too well, it was prevalent under his stewardship. This aint political, it is all about an uncontrollable Planning department.
      the top brass in Planning ang the government in bed with the developer,,,,,,, ah wonder wa de baby gine look like ??????? wow

  9. jr smith September 2, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Bajans must learn to use the courts of law, stop believing in all these silly and stupid saying and remarks.If there is no justice in Barbados, take the matter to the CCJ.Use the courts.

    • Brimstone September 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I must assume you aint BAJAN cause it is you who saying the silly and stupid things.
      When last did you review the judicial inquiry about the backlog of cases,,,, when last did you feel the tension between the CJ and the Bar Association,,,, when last did you review the log at CCJ to see the amount of BAJANS with cases pending.
      the PM and the CJ have neutered the justice system,,,, go figure !!!!!!

  10. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 2, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Rich vs poor always been in Barbados just getting more brazen and rich will always win its call economic power.Did stupid Town N Country Planning not realize this was going to happen Barbados seriously heading into gutter.

  11. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner September 2, 2014 at 8:05 am

    But yeah doh! This is so not right……where is the voice for the voiceless?

  12. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne September 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

    No no no…that isn’t right…..tired of big business destroying the lives of small citizens…they wanted to force the blacks out of Six men’s long time….stand firm six men’s…

  13. Sterlin Blackman
    Sterlin Blackman September 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Frank Gilkes ?????

  14. Rickie Nurse September 2, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    1937 is raising it’s ugly head all over again, this time around the blame will have to be laid squarely on the heads of the Government, not the white plantocracy.
    Sugar Kat has a valid point, how could Town and Country Planning approved this construction, but would deny the average person the right to do an expansion to their home if it’s in their opinion too high or too close to the road or another home.
    Philip Tempro said that the work being done on land owned by them and with the blessings of both the Ministry of Housing and Town and Country Planning.
    I wonder, on who’s land does the average person make extentions to the houses in which they live.
    What’s good for the goose, has to be good for the gander, the relevent authorities are setting alight a fuse, that once it start to burn it is going to be totally out of their control to extinguish or stop from exploding.

  15. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Where is Owen Author and what has he to say in all this

  16. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms September 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    They are squatters as the government proclaim and will be remove ,to please the tourist

  17. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer September 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    wickedness and greed…gentrification and forcing out people of the land…clean them out, stonewall…be unavailable…but like my cousin said: De sea gine come back for it.

  18. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke September 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Money talk others walk, when ever I pass and see that it makes me angry

  19. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman September 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    What can Owen do? U ppl don’t even know half the stuff behind what going on down there. Ask sinckler and the DEMS to help wanna after all wanna vote them in. Blame the government and not the rich. The rich white man had to ask for permission from the government and it was granted to him.

  20. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman September 2, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    If wanna read the paper and used to follow up on stories on then news it was said by c.o.Williams and other construction places “certain contractors have all the big contracts”. Sinckler is the minister of finance, he got more say than the prime minister as we all know stuart does come out and say nothing. Won’t be surprise if sinckler got one of those condos and a yacht down there in exchange for all that that’s going on. These ppl can only come into our country and do these things if WE ALLOW them to, Don’t forget that.

  21. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock September 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The same people are your work force.


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