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.