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MP calls for relocation of police station


Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds wants the Holetown Police Station moved due to fears that the facility’s location in a flood-prone area would affect the ability of lawmen  to provide much-needed assistance during a flood or hurricane emergency.

Symmonds expressed his concern, while noting that too many of Barbados’ essential and emergency services are located on the coast.

“Case in point, Holetown Police Station is on the beach. It is on the flood plain of Holetown,” he said at the annual general meeting of that district’s Disaster Emergency Organization held last evening at Queen’s College.

Symmonds reflected on drainage and other flood prevention work done in the area, which, he said, has “helped to offset and mitigate the difficulties that the poor policemen down there face.”

In spite of this, the Opposition MP noted, he has since had to join others in placing sandbags in the affected area.

“So it is still a problem and the police, as you would appreciate, have to come and work with you when there is a disaster pending. Now, if that disaster is of a nautical nature or hurricane type, then the police can’t come and help you or me if they busy first of all trying to help themselves,” Symmonds said, adding, “the location first of all doesn’t make sense.”

During the AGM, several awards were handed out to volunteers of the St James Central Disaster Emergency Organization.

Winners of St James Central Disaster Emergency Organization awards. From left Disaster  Emergency Officer of 2014 Mervyn Gibbons; Chairman's Award Lorna Bynoe; and Special Award Wilfred Marshall.

Winners of St James Central Disaster Emergency Organization awards. From left Disaster Emergency Officer of 2014 Mervyn Gibbons; Chairman’s Award Lorna Bynoe; and Special Award Wilfred Marshall.


12 Responses to MP calls for relocation of police station

  1. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson February 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    We all know you want to sell the land to build a Hotel or Condos!

    • Joel C. Payne
      Joel C. Payne February 8, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      So why does police station need to be on the beach. That makes sense to put something tourist oriented on that side of the road.

    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott February 9, 2015 at 6:43 am

      we really need to have open minded chat

  2. Tony Webster February 8, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    The gentleman has a point. Just take a quick look at the map of Bim where the St. Augustin Seismic folks clearly show those areas which are vulnerable to devastation whenever Kick-em-Jenny chooses to pop-off! Most of our southern , and western coasts, are highly exposed to K-E-J…as well as any severe hurricane activity.
    What is the problem, with maximising our natural resources for the public good…(as was said and accepted several years back regarding many under-utilised Crown properties on Bay Street) ?
    If everybody would prefer a public beach-park thing, instead of something to earn /F/X and provide employment…this is indeed a possibilty, but a dubious one. At least let us accept…the man has a point!

  3. Shirley Haynes-Johnson
    Shirley Haynes-Johnson February 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I live next to the police station from 1950 untill 1965 and it wasnot a problem what trick he coming wid now a matter of fact i was born right behind were the library is now

  4. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali February 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    The point is that the Coast IS flood prone and indeed too many of our essential services are on the coast. From hospitals to police stations. One only has to recall the earth tremor and the chaos that ensued. Not everything needs to be politics or land sale, there are plenty of “for sale ” signs on that coast to stop any right minded person from buying any more of it.

    • Samud Ali
      Samud Ali February 9, 2015 at 4:30 am

      I guess same place money is coming from to build the police station in Hastings. To mention as far as IMF with regards to a suggestion when so many other capital works projects are slated for start up or completion is a tad removed from the point, but my comment was not about politics , that game is for those far more intellectual than me. On to the next gripping Barbadian issue

  5. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali February 8, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Just asking out of ignorance by the way, but if a police station is on the land wouldn’t it already be land owned by government ?

  6. Michael Parris
    Michael Parris February 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Does someone have their eyes on this piece land

  7. Roger Gibbons February 9, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Flood prone? Years ago it was not like that . My aunt used to work next door to the station. I am almost seventy years, I wonder who is waiting in the wings. We have some nasty minded selfish engineers. How come that certain fast food restaurants never get flood out? yet they always seem to build on land that is in the water coast?

  8. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott February 9, 2015 at 6:41 am

    This police station should not have been renovated on that spot, it was then high time to move it..(DLP decicsion). But we allow some people to make the wrong decisions in this country with no consensus or debate,. this country is ran by political mandate and not professional acumen . (listening to the wrong people ), same goes for Miami beach,(BLP decision) two of the best beaches with law enforcement presence. ( we need to use the land for its maximum earning potential ). Is not about ownership. its about the land usage!

  9. Richard Blair
    Richard Blair February 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

    hummmm Mia wanted to sell the ones in st philip and st george prime land and best view too i wonder who was lined up to buy smh politricking


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