It’s private, Heron Bay property manager says of barricaded road

The upmarket Heron Bay in Porters, St James is defending its decision to place a barricade across the road leading to the property.

A local media report quoted some visitors as claiming the barrier was denying them access to the beach, with one person questioning when the road had stopped being public.

However, Property Manager at Heron Bay Betty Rayside told Barbados TODAY it had been a private road since billionaire Lord Bamford bought the property about 40 years ago, and that while pedestrians had been allowed to use it freely, vehicular traffic had always been restricted.

In fact, Rayside said, the neighbouring property, Colony Club, had been using the road for a number of years after it got the owners’ permission.

“This is private property and for the entire time the owners granted permission in writing to the owners of Colony Club to use the road as an entrance for the delivery of supplies.

“There was an understanding that when the management of Colony Club effect repairs they would use the main road. This never happened but it did not create a problem for the owners of Heron Bay since Colony Club continued to use the road,” she said.

Rayside added that in spite of the barrier, Barbadians and visitors continued to have access to the beach via the paved road.

“Everyone is allowed to come down to the beach. The fisherfolk were able to use the road to launch their boats and haul them in at nightfall. The jet ski boys also use the road to gain access to the beach.”

Rayside also pointed out that provision had been made for taxi operators who ply their trade at the Colony Club.

She explained that the barrier was erected to stop “poor parking practices” by motorists who park “in front of the gate, lock their cars, go to the beach and then the occupants of the house would not be able to get out of the gate”.

Rayside told Barbados TODAY the owners Lord and Lady Bramford were currently at the house, therefore everything was being done to ensure they enjoyed free passage to and from their home.

Up to the time of publication, General Manager of the National Conservation Commission Keith Neblett could not be reached for a comment on the issue.

11 Responses to It’s private, Heron Bay property manager says of barricaded road

  1. Hal Austin January 4, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Where is town and country planning in all this? Where is the prime minister, as the relevant minister?
    In any case, why could they not put a sign up?

  2. Oliver C Corbin-mascoll
    Oliver C Corbin-mascoll January 4, 2017 at 6:48 am

    as we let one do it then everyone will start doing it for to long de rich in dis country n de world have been allow to do as they feel like with out respect for de poor

  3. Netjirk January 4, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Cool so there’s no problem then.

  4. Aneta January 4, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Them is a waste of time Austin. This country too corrupt it’s a shame. You have to pass money bout here to get what you want. Smh.

  5. Frank White January 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I have been going to the beach via heron bay road for years and never had a problem. I park just before the security barricade and walk down to the beach with no fuss from the security officer on duty. As the article said, which I have witness countless times, jet ski guys, taxis, colony Club staff and deliveries all come thru there and with no problems. There’s nothing for town planning or the prime minister to get into. The barricade is just to prevent indiscriminate parking and that I can overstand but it never prevent any pedestrians from passing and this I can attest to…

  6. Hal Austin January 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    But is it private? What did the original planning application say?| What about the deeds? Is there a covenant?

  7. James Lynch January 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    The law in Barbados requires that there be a public right of way to every beach. Property owners are REQUIRED BY LAW to provide such access.

    Further, if the public has been permitted unimpeded access to any pathway – anywhere on the island – for a certain number of years, that in itself becomes a “right of way” and the owner no longer has the right to block it.

    This property manager needs some instruction in Barbados law.

  8. Marcer January 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    As gabby song said de beach belong to we

  9. Greengiant January 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    There’s pedestrian access and always has been, some undisciplined drivers who block the entrance to “Heron Bay” has caused the need for control of vehicular access.

    I live in an urban development and every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning I have to use my best driving skill to get in and out of my driveway. When I speak to those responsible for the indiscriminate practice I’m told that they pay road tax, as if I don’t. Funny thing these cars carry X, P, L, E, and G registration plates and I reside in St. Michael just outside the city. So let’s not attempt to play the race, wealth, corrupt government, or other silly cards here, this is 2017 and we all need to get real.

    We are producing a culture of carelessness, selfishness and irresponsibility in our nation and both political parties with their “modus operandi” over the past two decades are responsible. If in doubt read Roy Morris’ editorial in today’s nation and see the marina promises by successive administrations and their private sector cronies while decades of revenue sail by. We really need to wake up, format strong community based pressure groups less we perish under this colonial ” decided and rule ” repetitive system of governance.

  10. Helicopter(8P) January 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Courtesy and respect for other people’s property will get you through! As I am reading and digesting the info I see nothing wrong!

  11. Robert Gurney November 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I think we’re lucky that there aren’t traffic wardens roaming up and down handing out parking fines like they would in the UK. We just went over to road opposite which was deserted and walked – no real hardship.


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