‘Mind blowing’ poverty in Pinelands – Bradshaw

Member of Parliament for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw yesterday painted an unpleasantly clear picture of the poverty that eats away at her constituency.

Bradshaw lamented uncomfortable living conditions that some of her constituents in Lower Burney and Dash Valley had to endure.

However, to drive home the point she used Pinelands as an example, making reference to large families cramped in one bedroom housing units but much too poor to find alternative accommodation.

“Sometimes you can find ten to 15 persons living in a one bedroom unit in the Pinelands. I would take you some places in the Pinelands where the conditions under which people live would blow your mind. Many tenants in the Pinelands are challenged by the payment of rents and owe substantial arrears to the National Housing Corporation,” the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) parliamentarian told Barbados TODAY during a visit to Princess Royal Avenue, Pinelands where she met with constituents.

She also talked about young people from broken homes with no one to talk to and called for the intervention of social workers “before the youngsters get known to the criminal justice system”.

“People have told me that there has always been a focus on the Pinelands community. The needs in a densely populated area like the Pinelands are far greater and far exceed the requests I get from outside of the area. You as an individual can never have the resources to deal with the issues of poverty within the Pinelands. Outside Pinelands people tend to have more disposable income. They may own their homes or they may be renting the property,” Bradshaw said.

One of the people seeking the Democratic Labour Party nomination in a bid to unseat the BLP legislator is Rodney Grant who has had a long association with the Pinelands Creative Workshop.

Bradshaw made no mention of Grant during yesterday’s visit, but was quick to point out that she had enjoyed good relations with the community group.

“I would have to admit that the Pinelands Creative Workshop has done some good work within the constituency and further afield in addressing some of the social needs of disadvantaged persons.”

The Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly complained that even though the headquarters of the Sanitation Service Authority was located in her constituency piles of garbage remained uncollected for weeks in some cases, while wells remained unsealed, placing children in danger.

4 Responses to ‘Mind blowing’ poverty in Pinelands – Bradshaw

  1. Brownskin Joy
    Brownskin Joy February 18, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Yeah, yeah, you don’t remember the ppl in lower Burney, Dash Valley, but now u care,smh can’t even 2mins of your time stupseeee

  2. Bobo February 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

    What ever happen to God intention –he gave each human the possibility to survive –a talent — to be utilized– instead their brain power lies between both genders private parts-Whenever-the government is ready they will put everything in place for them, so keep on breeding and collecting social welfare.

    From England to Africa, America, to the Caribbean ”Divide and Rule” — the menus of the past moving on the 21st century.

  3. jrsmith February 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    All Governments borrow money from ,the world financial systems.. our government is borrowing 290 million dollars, to build a hotel, what a waste, Zika is bearing down on us ,this money should be spent on Barbados’s infrastructure.. roads , water , light and power, under ground storm drainage, repairing government buildings, build lower income homes.. repairing our shore line, but , we see ,they can only see tourism, other than that they are in over they heads..

  4. Greg Harewood February 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Commentators should be careful of presenting simple solutions to what are complex issues; incomplete analysis extends the debate. The solutions presented above are flawed primarily in the assesment of my beloved Barbados as an economy that can write its own ticket. One ought to consider the factors that render a borrower a good credit risk.

    We are a proud people. We expect the best from and for our people. But!! We have to consider how much of our revenues, individual and public, is drained from the economy through debt service, therebyi effectively stagnating the growth of both private and public sectors. Yes, fix the roads. Provide excellent health care! Resurrect Sir Grantley’ housing initiative! Promise improved water deliver systems! Extend the runway! Expand th seaport!

    Sugar gone!! Tourists cometh?


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