Blackett questions need for town halls

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett wants to know why “town hall meetings are needed now for every project.

“Were there town hall meetings when they imploded the Hilton Hotel?” he asked in reference to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party.

His comments came in the wake of a recent call by former BLP representative for The City, Dame Billie Miller for the Freundel Stuart administration to proceed with extreme caution on the proposed Hyatt hotel.

While suggesting that the recent problem of raw sewage spilling over into the streets along the south coast and in certain parts of Bridgetown, could only worsen with the construction of the proposed 250-room luxury hotel, Dame Billie called for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment to be done.

She also called for the matter to be put before the public in the form of town hall meetings, even though the Prime Minister who is the minister responsible for town planning has suggested that the matter is already a fait accompli, with construction expected to begin sometime during the first half of this year.

Without making any specific reference to these concerns, Blackett said: “What pause are they talking about, we are an action Government” while blaming the Opposition for the poor state of the Empire Theatre, which has been out of use for the past 24 years.

Blackett complained that during that period the BLP never attempted to carry out any repairs on the structure.

However, he said his Government had gone as far as to seek assistance from the Chinese Government, which it eventually turned down, because of lack of agreement on the specifics. 

16 Responses to Blackett questions need for town halls

  1. Hal Austin February 8, 2017 at 3:09 am

    It is called democracy. If Mr Blackett was doing a good job, why then are so many elderly, infirmed and mentally ill people not having any benefits or care from the state?

  2. Tony Webster February 8, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Mr. Blackett, Sir, please doan ax silly questions from elevated platforms: just concentrate on how you are going to spend that US$10M loan on “solving” problems of poverty. Your Timing, Sir, we admit, is excellent. And obvious too, since it will help fill the fiscal breach from the $40 Big Ones haemorrhaged from the Treasury spent in joyous celebration…of breathing fresh Bajan air for Fifty years.
    BTW, when you have spent that BB$20M on folks of your choice, you cud enlist Esther’s to do something to ensure there is no repetition, or resurgence of that deadly disease called that would merely confirm two things: one, that just throwing borrowed money at such social sores, is not a lasting solution, and secondly, that poverty is not a “thing”…but a consequence of all manner of human foibles and ills.

    Might as well just ask Esther her to pass anudder law…making poverty illegal. Q.E.D.?

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 8, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Mr Brackett .I thought that you have common sense. Tell the public of Barbados how much people living around the Hilton hotel. You trying to compare oranges with coconut water. The Hilton hotel is standing by an island by itself, that is how it look to me. I don’t know how in life black people could vote for people like you. I will like to know what have you done for the people in your constituencie since you become a minister.

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 8, 2017 at 6:05 am

    I will like to know. Why the board walk close to the swing Bridge is taking so long. Unless they runs out of material.i assume.

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn February 8, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Why would they need a town hall meeting for the Hilton.The only people living around there, is the soldiers. Unless you speaking about another that I don’t know about.

  6. jrsmith February 8, 2017 at 7:01 am

    If decades ago bajans had got involve ,after casting a party vote things would be a 100% better today.. I always call town hall meetings ( Public Meeting) the only real exposure
    The fact we cannot trust our politicians , they dont do much if anything, but even making a decent speech for them is a challenge….
    Bajans only got to read the local news to see how frightening politics in Barbados has become…The idea of town hall meetings is fine , but who is brave enough to be asking the right question and getting the right answers for the public is the key ….
    Bajans take note see where the , left wing , right wind , liberal political crap has taken the ( UK) which is now a single party state , just where the world is heading , politics and capitalism has done its job , the world has become ( Politically Corporate Corrupt) has collided lost of people lost out….by living in la, la, land….
    Donald Trump is the excuse for the messed up world)..
    lots of people with half of brains is protesting , if Donald Trump
    farts they would protest , for the failure of the past 8 years , look at barbados 8 years ago to now…we want town hall meetings now………………………………

  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Simple minister it at least show citizens that politicians is attempting to consult them but in Barbados we all know politicians ain’t transperant or accountable to anyone except the rich well heel.So guess minister you have a point about no need for town halls.

  8. hcalndre February 8, 2017 at 8:15 am

    What is wrong with the the likes of Steve Blackett and his party? I thought it would be the right thing to meet with the taxpayers who have to pay for these projects. These politicians seem to think that the money is theirs. On a 1 to 10 basis, how would this administration be rated?

    • J. Payne February 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I donno who they’re serving. Surely it must not be anybody pun Nelson, Wellington, nor Queen Streets, all who in-back there. Who will have that big thing towering over them and blocking a part of their beach access going forward.

  9. hcalndre February 8, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Some one in the tourism business is crying out already about the low number of visitors to the country, it don`t take a rocket scientist to know that when the winter is brutal in Europe and N. America that people would travel to warmer climates but barbados believes that because the last season was very good for the industry that it would be always that way, I said on numerous occasions it depends on how cold it is in Europe and N. America. The last season was so good that they decide that they have to build more hotels. They`re in the process of building 3 or more hotels including the famous Hyatt, do this mean that people will flocking to barbados because of the Hyatt?

  10. Jamal Gill February 8, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Mr Minister, town hall meetings are part of the social and environmental impact assessment process. It is the part in the process called engagement of the public/ special interest groups/ civil society and the relevant stakeholders. Therefore, don’t see it as a political thing but part of the natural process of evaluating the impact that a project will have on its surroundings and people. If none wasn’t done for the Hilton then the government of that time erred tremendously. So I will pardon you for making that erroneous statement because of your lack of knowledge of such processes.

  11. Santini More
    Santini More February 8, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Anybody out there have the time, patience and temperament to explain the term ‘democracy’ & ‘voice of the people’ to Mr Blackett?

  12. J. Payne February 8, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Am I reading this correctly???? A so-called “representative” is throwing a rant or fit concerning the idea (or notion) of why should they need to inform the public about proposed changes to their area. You backing the idea of throwing-up a 15-storey building and nobody is to ask you one-boo? Are you kidding me right now? What kinda “representative” are you?

  13. Tony Waterman February 8, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    When i called for a change in this Westminister style of Government that we Inherited from our SLAVE MASTERS, i was Called anti Democratic, a Communist et el, i hope that all you who are now Protesting what Minister Blackett has said will recognise that what i waspropoin was and is the Right way for Small Island developing states to proceed.
    It Starts with the BAN on Political Parties, and the Election of Individuals,along with (On the same ballot) the Election of the Prime Minister, this Government OF and BY the people will then sit in Parliament and work on behalf of the the People, and NOT against one another as is prevelant in the present Colonial Style System. there is NOTHING Undemocratic about that type of System as it is all in the Hands of The people, by the Ballot Box.

    Here in Ottawa, Canada where i reside for some of each Year, there is in place a plan to replace the Public Library, and YES there has been Town Hall Meetings across the City, and at City Hall, to determine the best Location for the Library, Mr.Blackett should get out from in his Little Hole and realise that he is working for the People, and NOT for The PARTY.

    there should be Town Hall meetings for the PEOPLE to have a say, and there should be an environmental impact study, to see how this Project will affect, the use of The SEWER SYSTEM, Traffic Patterns, Browns Beach and even to determine if Barbados really NEEDS another Big Hotel, when we have the ACCRA which is now Abandoned and Derelict, What about Building the Hyatt where the Abandoned ACCRA now Stands???

  14. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Because of the shyte decisions your government tends to make and the fact that three ministers refuse to answer the PAC on questionable FINANCIAL matters. JOKER!!!

  15. Kammie Holder February 8, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    What a foolish question from a minister mandated with governance of our affairs as a political CEO. Obviously he does not understand the purpose of town hall meetings and the need for harmonious living. No wonder some politicians behave the way they do for the may be thinking Barbados is a nation of goats and sheep. #BajansAreNotDumb #ANewWay #ANewAgenda


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