No holes barred

FB page highlights potholes of Barbados

Frustrated road users here have found an open platform to vent about the state of the country’s roads.

The Facebook page Potholes Of Barbados, created “to highlight the horrendous craters that frequently cost people hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in vehicle repairs”, is gaining in popularity as dissatisfied motorists and pedestrians turn to the social media platform to express their discontent.

Rubber ducks by a large pool of water have been added to this picture which was posted of another huge pothole.

Page creator Chris Brancker told Barbados TODAY he never expected the page to garner this much attention.

“I said I will get some people to follow it and I just took like five pictures of potholes and then it just went from there. People started posting pictures and I would just re-post them continuously,” he said.

Brancker, a wedding photographer and graphic designer, said initially the idea was “focused around the photography or the object of the person and in this case the potholes”.

The popular hashtag #potholesinparadise has also sprung from the page, which features photographs and videos of potholes of all sizes from around the island, posted by road users.

This pothole at Parish Land, Christ Church has also been highlighted in the hope of getting the authorities to take action.

Many of the posts involve a bit of humour – one shows miniature figures on a raft in a large pool of water with the notice, “New, exciting attraction in Barbados. Pothole Rafting”, while another depicts a toilet, the seat placed over the pothole, along with a toilet tank and plunger and a caption, “so relevant right now”.

Brancker said he had been receiving calls from people who were old enough to have seen the development of the road network, many of whom had been saying they had never seen it this bad.

“It’s not fair to anyone who has to drive . . . [into] these potholes,” he told Barbados TODAY.

The Facebook page has nearly 3,000 likes and it continues to grow as the number of potholes increase, Brancker said.

This gaping hole was seen just outside Sam Lord’s Castle in St Philip.

The page also serves another useful purpose – – alerting drivers to the areas with the worst potholes and which roads to avoid, while it has forced the authorities to act in some cases, Brancker said.

For instance, we made a huge joke about the one at Christ Church in Hastings about the sewage and within two days it was fixed. So as much of a joke as it is, if that what we got to do to get things done, then why not?”

The page creator said he wanted to develop it beyond a forum that raises awareness of the poor state of the roads, into a tool that would help road uses plan their routes.

Among the plans, he said, was the development of an app to complement the page.

“If we can incorporate an app within navigation systems, you can imagine seeing potholes before you get to them and knowing this is a terrible road [and] to take a different road because it [the initial route] has lots of potholes,” he stated. 

Source: (KB)

7 Responses to No holes barred

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 31, 2016 at 2:27 am

    RUBBER DUCKIES GOT THERE BEFORE THE TWO MINISTERS

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 31, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Wait I thought that a pot hole repair programme was launched by the government just before the big Shabang on November 30th. Wait, did it stop or was that just salad dressing for a prince and a few hundred visitors.

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  3. Tony Webster December 31, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Two youngsters near me have started to breed tilapia fish in a small pond in the road here …on Sargeant’s Village main road.

    Watch carefully how the car in front of you, is nowadays swerving all over the place…preserving the life of tyres and suspension…reminds me of S.O.P. ( standard operating procedure) in Grenada, c.1959…( yes, before Barber-Greene) when roads used to inflict injury on un-wary, or carelessly driven cars…
    Hmmm….those two good Grenadian (P.W.D.) who patched pot-holes, wid and a hand-pumped “colass” machine…and a “rammer”. ….did a far better job of “patching” than an idiot here throwing “hot-mix” offa the back of a truck, and letting the next car “mash” it into the pot-hole.. Doan believe me? ask Dennis Johnson down by de River…

    I wonder effin Rum and Koke, cud do a little thing on road-patching…hmmm…put that and all their previous gems on a DVD…and dat cud mek for hot sales after de election bell ring…

    Guys….???

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  4. Peter December 31, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Now what are you people quarrelling bout? Can’t you see the DLP government is paving the way in an unpaving move towards establishing lake front property development? I expect DEM to introduce a ferry service soon. Tony Web, wuh yuh tink? Yeah yeah, I know DEM will have to employ lifeguards there. That will bring down unemployment and land tax will increase.

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  5. Tony Webster December 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

    @Peter….Sar…I Dan “think”…I just writes-down what de madam tell me to seh…

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  6. Brian Gibbs December 31, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Barbados – The Land of Many Lakes.

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  7. Troy January 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Wunna Mekking sport at this thing but I real vex that I have to fork out hundreds of dollars every year for Road Tax and nothing is done to improve our road network. Can someone please tell me what is done with the millions of dollars that’s collected in roadtax yearly? Let’s do the maths..i drive a modest vehicle and I pay $405 yearly ….lets say there are 100,000 other road users like me paying that $405…that equates to $40,500,000 in revenue. Now tell me from this hypothetical scenario, is it possible for us to get a few good roads. And using this hypothesis…if gov’t over the last 7 years was Collecting this money, it would be safe to assume that they should have in the coffers over $283,500,000. Is it possible that we could have been given a few more better roads? From all the taxes that are collected , we should have a better road infrastructure.

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