Back to the drawing board

Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman is proposing a review of the road network in parts of St Thomas and St James as Government acquires approximately 10,000 square metres of land in the Arch Hall, St Thomas area for residential development and road access.

The St Lucy Member of Parliament said that with the development in that community, he expects more investment in the vicinity, which should also result in increased traffic.

He said it was, therefore, necessary for Government to “go back to the drawing table” to see if tweaks to the road infrastructure there and in nearby communities were necessary.

Kellman was on Friday opening debate in Parliament on the divestment of land in Arch Hall, St Thomas to the National Housing Corporation.

“The confusion as it relates to traffic cannot be ignored, and I think the time is right for us to look to see if the connection by the Lawrence Johnson Roundabout (located near the St Thomas Parish Church) is not the right connection for us to look to see how we can divert the traffic at the Lawrence Johnson Highway instead of allowing that traffic to come to the Arch Hall area and going on to the Warrens area for further confusion in that area,” Kellman said.

Pointing out that the Lancaster area is also being developed and it is not far away from Arch Hall, Kellman said technocrats should be cognizant of the traffic coming from all direction of the island to those vicinities.

“Government must ask itself whether it is prepared to cash in on the benefits that will be derived from the development that is occurring,” Kellman said.

The development, he said, “will allow the Ministry of Public Works to study the area to see if the road structure can hold the increased traffic without creating more confusion in the area”.

“So we need to go back to the drawing table and we need to see whether it is not in the best interest of this Government to look to see whether we should not divert at the roundabout and push that away somewhere to Christ Church with the necessary arteries that will allow people to be able to branch off,” recommended Kellman.

He said the development along Arch Hall and Lancaster called for better road connection between those areas and Royal Westmoreland, Bagatelle and the Welches area as well as Sandy Crest and other areas on the west coast.

Kellman called for more private sector investment in the Arch Hall and Lancaster areas, saying it would be better than having the money sitting in the bank and not earning measurable interest.

“We have to be careful we do not end up spending a lot of money in a particular area and we do not attract the necessary private sector investment. I believe wherever significant government money is spent there should be matching private sector investment to concur with government money being spent,” Kellman said.

Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds said while he supports the development in Arch Hall, St Thomas, he is hoping that it took into consideration churches as well as a recreational area for residents.

11 Responses to Back to the drawing board

  1. Leroy May 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Why Arch hall???. Politicians pushing poor people to the center of the island and look where. By the land fill and rich people getting the good sea front views. How can u divert that amount of traffic coming from North of the island at st Thomas round about and send it where. Thru hometown to cause more problems or thru shophill where the roads are small and bad. It’s time kellman stay home…

  2. Tony Webster May 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    @Leroy: surprised you take the gentleman seriously.

  3. hcalndre May 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Wow! Now what this gadfly Kellman now said has proven that Comissiong was right and he has proved that he, the PM and others are out of touch. Kellman is telling the government that before they start any development in that area, they should do a study to see if it would create a problem. Is the construction of Hyatt fall right into the same category? What about the flow of traffic along that Bay Street area? what about the members and visitors of the Bethel Church that park their vehicles outside of the church, what about the weddings, funerals and other activities that are kept there for many, many years and this is 14 years since any survey has been done along that area of the beach to see if there are any erosion of the beach and land.

  4. Lennox hewitt May 13, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Kellman n do roads by he n gine do by me joke n buying dat election ting.

  5. Peter May 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    The DEMs screwed up from the start with their vindictive attitude Chris Sincklaie was Minister of “Blame the last government for everything.” Then they discongtinued the overpasses plan by Owen Arthur. Had that been continued, Bajab drivers would have been better drivers. Our roads would NOT have been so blocked up with traffic causing major non production in all sectors of our economy. Pray tell me What the Hell will silly Kellman do to improve traffic flow?

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm


  7. Everick May 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

    The obvious solution to the congestion in Warrens is overhead roads also known as FLYOVERS.
    However the question is FIMANCING.

  8. Mikey May 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    @Everick,,, compared to building new network of roads, what is developmental about Flyovers ? We live on a 166 square mile island called Barbados, not in Chicago, Pittsburg, Los Angeles, Atlanta or Miami.

  9. Peter May 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    The Dutch engineer who designed the spaghetti highways and passes was condemned. Now USA and several other developed and developing countries cannot do without them. The engineer’s name is Peter van wick. An expressway outside NY’s JFK airport carries his name.

  10. hcalndre May 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Fly-overs or over-passes or what ever you all want to call them would not work in Barbados, where are you going to send the cars and trucks when they exit but into the traffic again, into the sea?

  11. Helicopter(8P) May 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Just remember! Lands or regions can be over developed! Network infrastructure overburdened and commute access completely overburdensome! Water usage and electrical distribution and consumption has to be calculated by estemate! The type of developement would have to be benificial to the environment and ecology of the nation. In our little 16×21 sq-mile island we need to see more health conscious, active and interactive citizens put down their cars, get out there cycle and walk which reduces heart desease and stress. By doing so you know your neighbour! One land! Barbadians at large and those of Bajan culture! Building is one thing but affordable comfort is another.


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