Too much ready-done, laments Housing Minister

Barbadians want too many “canned” or ready done houses.

Member for Parliament for St Lucy and Minister of Housing Denis Kellman, made this assertion last Sunday during a branch meeting at his constituency office in Pie Corner, St. Lucy.

Instead, he suggested it was more cost-effective for persons to buy land and then build at their own place.

Minister of Housing Denis Kellman
Minister of Housing Denis Kellman

“Why do we want to saddle poor people with expensive small houses when we can give them the land at the right price and let them build to suit their pace and save them from the debt that they will incur when they go and buy what I call a canned house – a house that has been completed already,” he told those in attendance.

However, he said that not everyone heeded this advice.

“They don’t listen and in a couple months when they go and get the mortgage and things start getting tight they start to complain. A lot of people ran me down for those apartments up in Valery [Britton’s Hill, St. Michael], and a lot of them fighting hard now to get out because when you said to them that the money you are paying for that apartment . . . it is better for you to buy a piece of land and even if you build a one-bedroom house and then build on later, they didn’t want to hear you. Now, that they are experiencing [problems], and recognize that every month they have to find $900, they finally [realize] what you were trying to tell them,” he stated.

The MP said he had come under a lot of criticism for not building as many houses as former Minister of Housing, Michael Lashley.

“What they won’t tell you is that the previous Minister had the money. If he had the money and I don’t have the money, how can I build houses?” he stated.

But financial constraints did not mean he was just sitting around doing nothing, he pointed out. He noted that his thrust would be to take prime land and generate enough cash flow from it “to pay off some debt”.

Kellman proffered that Government should not be “bothered” about selling houses, but instead should place its focus on selling land. He reasoned that it took longer to sell houses than land lots. He further added that his problem as Minister of Housing was not a housing problem but a “Rural” one.

The Housing Minister explained that if he received the necessary resources from the Rural Development Commission, then that would ease “my problem at National Housing”.

“There are a lot of land lots in rural Barbados. All I have to do is put in the roads and those people can easily give or sell house spots to their children so that a lot of the pressure on [the] NHC can be eased,” Kellman emphasized.

8 Responses to Too much ready-done, laments Housing Minister

  1. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 20, 2015 at 8:01 am

    That is what happens wen u have no identity nor embrace yah true culture. The politicians and governments are mostly to blame for continually instilling the brainwash of ready dun.

  2. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks May 20, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Totally agree

  3. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post May 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

    These people stupid? I sick of this. Y’all promote freeness, promote readymade ness& now wunna can’t handle what y’all did gine come ta tare down ppl when y’all is who build up the following stupess. ..big bunch of failures& nuisance ppl. ..

  4. Kevin May 20, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I think the majority of Bajans would just love a piece of land. They will build to suit themselves and their pockets.

  5. Tony Webster May 20, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hmmm….no cash at National Housing? No mortgages available, or affordable? No problem. Just elevate an adversity into a virtue!
    BTW…a lot of former sugar lands…gine soon be available…for growing concrete.

  6. Ronnie Murrell
    Ronnie Murrell May 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Kellman ain’t fooling nobody… it was their political tactics to win the government in 2008 to H.E.L.P. Bajans… Housing Every Last Person was a ploy that succeeded in winning the government but failed miserably after the fact. The public didn’t choose to build small and expensive houses, it was the government that did… they showed how inept they were then and they are showing us again just how inept they really are. Consider that these units were expensive back in 2010 and since then cost of everything kept rising due to increased taxes, increased gas prices, and not to mention increased fees and new ones at that… if you could barely afford a mortgage back then you think you could afford it now? And it is all at the government! They are responsible for all that has happened and now this one Kellman want to come and say what Bajans would prefer? We would prefer you gone! Every last one of you!

    *Let me add the fact that along with increased cost of living people had to deal with layoffs and retrenchment.

    Give us a break Kellman… Now that you have realized that the housing project has failed, what new plan do you have to H.E.L.P. Barbadians?

  7. Nathaniel Anderson May 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Well, what a load of rubbish from Minister Kellman. His government was up front and centre promoting housing solutions for the people and now we see the high cost of the rents and people cannot afford to rent, he is blaming the people. Why did you construct the high rise apartments and have such a high rent if you were doing it for those who were making small salaries?
    You guys in government continue to fail and you should acknowledge your failings and let the people of Barbados move on without you.
    By the way, Mr. Kellman, it would be pleasing to see your ministers not trying to save face by disassociating themselves from decisions made in cabinet. If they do not agree with the cabinet decisions, they should resign. It is the Westminster thing!


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