UDC chief: Painting wall not part of campaign

freshlydonepaintjobatwestburyTiming is everything, especially when it’s election time.

Members of the public had been questioning the bright yellow and blue colours in which the Westbury Cemetery wall has been painted, bearing in mind they are not only the national colours of Barbados, but more significantly those of the ruling Democratic Labour Party now winding down an intense general election campaign.

When contacted this afternoon and questioned as who was behind the painted wall, Manager of Cemeteries, Emmeric Cummins declined to comment.

But Barbados TODAY later discovered that the Urban Development Commission was responsible for painting the structure.

“It had nothing to do with the election campaign. It just so happened the election came at this time when the wall was painted,” remarked the Director of the UDC, Derek Alleyne.

“Even if there wasn’t an election, the wall would still have been painted. Since October they (authorities) were looking at painting it. They got some quotations from Berger Paints, but they did not have any money, so we offered to do the job for them,” Alleyne explained.

He said he discussed the matter with Cummins who said he wanted a bright colour “and the board agreed we could go ahead”.

So rather than having the cemetery pay $35,000 or $40,000, we did it as a community project and gave some youngsters in the community something to do and gave them stipends,” Alleyne asserted. (EJ)

5 Responses to UDC chief: Painting wall not part of campaign

  1. bajanfishermen February 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This why Barbados is such a corrupt place at times. When you have cronies in UDC and so call Constituencies Councils. PURE POLITICS. Petty politics as well.

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  2. bajanfishermen February 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    What happened to the original colour of CREAM?????

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  3. Adrian Hinds February 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    It is ugly – national colours notwithstanding.

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  4. Kay-rani rosita February 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    The original colour was upgraded to a PATRIOTIC one.

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  5. Real Bajan February 22, 2013 at 7:29 am

    This story is like the mortar and the pestle. Here is the last line from above with the story:
    “So rather than having the cemetery pay $35,000 or $40,000, we did it as a community project and gave some youngsters in the community something to do and gave them stipends,” Alleyne asserted.”

    Look at the two “young men” in the photo. I sure them young men clear 50 easily.

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