Residents air grievances surrounding road works

Some of the residents who came out to air their concerns at yesterday’s town hall meeting

Residents from Marine Gardens, Nurse Road, Navy Gardens and the surrounding districts, came together yesterday evening to air their grievances surrounding ongoing road works in their neighbourhood.

The town-hall meeting, which was held at the home of one the residents, was organized by parliamentary representative for the area, Dr Maria Agard, and also brought together a member of the project’s management team, Ministry of Health officials and law enforcement officers.

Eric Butcher, consultant project manager to Ionics Pipeline Inc – the company carrying out the project – explained that the roadworks resulted in the laying of three pipelines; from Fort George to Searles, Brittons Hill to Gibbons Terrace and the Belle pumping station to the JTC Ramsey Circle.

He said the project which begun from June 2014, had been going well and would be finished before the June 30 deadline as well under the $30 million budget.

However, due to the roadwork and resulting detours, residents complained that the heavy traffic which had been directed through the area had caused several problems.

Among those were that the roads had been badly damaged, including the deterioration of sidewalks and the presence of several potholes, that the dust had become increasingly problematic, as well as experiencing difficulties in getting into their respective homes.

They also raised the issue of public service vehicles driving through the area at high speeds.

In response Dr Agard said she would be writing the relevant authorities in an effort to get some of the issues resolved.



18 Responses to Residents air grievances surrounding road works

  1. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch May 31, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Please come dig up Roberts road ,instead of putting down marl every week.

  2. Patrick Blackman May 31, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Privileged people only thinking about themselves not about the rest of us or the benefits of the infrastructural works to be done. So what if you have to endure a bit of inconvenience for a few months or even a year, it is to enhance the lives of the rest of us or don’t we matter. Now we have this fool MP pandering to these self centered people.

  3. ch May 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Yes, these persons have the “privilege” of being taxpayers and citizens like the rest of us and they have all rights to address their concerns as we all do. Government has the responsibility to hear and redress those concerns. I say with no apology that some Barbadians have such low self-esteem that they target and resent others whom they perceive to be superior in some way to them- whether it is education, social class or skin color. This is a country of great opportunity and personal freedom and yet some remain mentally enslaved, believing they are owed some indefinable thing by others who have empowered themselves in matters that affect their own lives.

  4. Patrick Blackman May 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Yes, we are also tax payers, no one wants to deny them their rights. No one is targeting your “people”, all that was suggested was that they take the high road and look at this construction from the point of national development rather than personal inconvenience. This whole nonsense of self -esteem and colour has no place in the discussion (you should know better). You are trying to inflame the discourse here.

    I say “Privileged” because you are privileged compared to the average Bajan and therefore you would receive preferential treatment in having your concerns addressed, we all known this and so do you. Where was the Dr. when her “other people” needed her and she was missing in action?

  5. jrsmith May 31, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Everything in Barbados is so mismanage, every issue comes up on a war footing.

  6. Patrick Blackman May 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    @jrsmith: When you want peace you have to prepare for war.

    These same “people” were not supporting the “other people” in the north when the bridge and road disappeared. Never saw one word in the papers demanding these people get help. But just because their little lives have been impacted, we all have low self-esteem and race issues.

  7. seagul June 1, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Every social issue mostly comes up on a war footing where slavery had existed–fact. Speeding—bumps should be placed on streets in close proximity to hotels, guesthouses. For example, Browne’s Gap in Hastings to begin.

  8. Biggert June 1, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Wait y’all fuh real. First thing the MP is doing her primary job of representing her constituents. Second thing they have every right to seek responses to the things that are changing the normal course of their lives or their neighborhood as hundreds of other Bajans do every year. I do not live in Christ Church but I have no problem with the residents there asking questions about how much longer they are to be inconvenienced or stating the problems they are experiencing, just as I had no problem with the residents of Marley Vale, Sayers Court and Lower Burney doing the same thing when road works in front of their properties went on for extended periods.

    We Bajans need to stick together and stand up for what is right instead of looking for differences and calling people selfish.

  9. Lil Fella June 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Imagine that. I live in Hindsbury Rd and i remember when there were road works from harmony hall to all up station hill. We had to “mekk do” and “hold strain” for years, though this was after that stretch was so bad, I swear we had some of the biggest potholes in Barbados. I understand the struggle dem goin thru yet nothing lasts forever. In the end, everybody should benefit

  10. BB June 1, 2015 at 10:33 am

    So, when the roads were being dug up in Black Rock, Highway Seven, etc., wasn’t there an outcry and the representatives called out?
    Wanna so hypocritical – if it was you, you would be complaining about the tons of dust, noise, extreme traffic and speeding ZR’s.
    Mop you house in the morning and be eating marl by night.
    Yes, I am sure that people could be more patient… but WHY do you think that they are complaining and calling a meeting?!!?!? Because not enough action is being taken to contain the problems affecting the residents!

    Here are a couple of links of other road works complaints:

    Here is a link for Dust Control:

  11. youngster June 1, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    lol what I find is funny is the first set of ppl start off wid you people and us and all of those kind of words when there is both white and black ppl in the picture lol ……….. but to be honest weather some call them selfish or not I think as tax payers you have a right to voice a concern you are having with your neighborhood I mean if it was me id b pissed to. like those people that live close to the cement plant when they complained for the dust being everywhere.

  12. Overtaxed Bajan June 1, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I don’t live in this neighbourhood but I have to travel this road almost every day. How can it be acceptable that a main artery into Bridgetown from the South is closed for 3 months. The traffic chaos on a morning is unbelieveable. Plus you have to say a prayer as you divert through the neighbourhood as there are 90 degree blind corners on a small road that now has to accommodate all of the traffic including ZRs, minibuses and trucks. I have witnessed 2 accidents so far. What makes me more mad is that since this road was dug up and closed two months ago, most of the time there was no construction work ongoing. Sadly it is only in Barbados that a contractor would be allowed to close a major road like this and not have teams working day and night to finish the job. The neighbours and us motorist have every right to complain as this is totally dissatisfactory.

  13. Patrick Blackman June 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Every one who has commented here knows exactly what I am talking about, you can pretend how much ever you want not to get the point. This has nothing to do with being black or white, it about using a point of privilege to jump the response line.

    We all know the more fortunate your in this society, the faster your concerns are addressed compared to the less fortunate even with newspaper coverage.

    No one has tried to deny these individuals their rights, like the rest of us , wait your turn, others had these same problems long before you and have never gotten redress for them. Even though your claim is just , your perceived status has already gotten the MP up and running while others could not even find her.

  14. zeus June 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Patrick it is dem people who in charge of the road works ….it is dem people who does get those big contracts so who they complaining to of for ….I surprise the town hall meeting was not kept down cattlewash

  15. Patrick Blackman June 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    @BB: If it was me the first thing , I would have addressed the ZR/Minibus/Speeding issues to the police because that is where those issues should be addressed. Secondly, the noise , dust etc. would have been raised with the contractors. Failing to get any reasonable response from them would warrant me getting advice from my attorney as to the remedies available to me (we all have the right to peaceable enjoyment of our property).

    With regard to traffic diversion, there is nothing you can do for it is for the common good even though it is inconvenient. Calling your MP is useless , it may seem to be the expedient thing to do but he or she has to bare in mind that the same level of response will be expected when others have similar issues.

    I am sure when this project was concieved all and sundry had a say and knew the extent to which this project could possibly impact there lives. I mean the guy said it will be finish by end of June. Many of us are still waiting on our tax refund. Are you calling your MP to gets yours. Moral here, things take time, patience, if this is the only problem you have, others have much more to deal with than this crap.


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