Folly to the nth degree!

Why would you demolish an entire compound built by young people for their recreation? Have you any semblance of sense? Do you realize that children who take the initiative to build things for their pleasure, for their enjoyment, have characteristics we need to foster in this society?

If you continue, and this is only one example, blatant and errant as it is, you will be sending clear messages to your youth . . . don’t create, don’t step out of what is provided for you, don’t do for yourself, if you do it will be trampled and destroyed.

Myopia had to drive the decision to demolish this young people’s sporting ground. Passionate kids put their minds and resources together to create a space they enjoyed to develop their skills in rollerblading , skateboarding you name it . . . they waited on no one to assist them. They waited on no one to help them. They did it themselves.

Would you prefer that these creative youngsters fuel their creative energies in violent or sexual nonsense like too many of our youth are sinking into? Then why would you reward young people’s spirited enthusiasm for their chosen life expression, with bulldozing.

This is singularly infuriating. A colleague of mine invited me down there one evening and if you saw the skill and the care they took! Do you think any private or public entity rebuilding their facility the ‘proper way’ will give them the same level of pride, joy and self confidence? Did you ever engage them? If you thought they shouldn’t be there, if you thought they needed a permit . . . you had every opportunity, any evening to engage them.

If you knew they were there, you are the adults, your job is to train the young people in the ways they should go. Your job is not to demolish their dreams. It is to facilitate them, period. Fly right and stop this heavy handed power over nonsense that is having our youth heading ‘south’ in droves.

40 Responses to Folly to the nth degree!

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall May 31, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Why they don’t produce documentation on approval to used the site. I am disappointed the the media pushing This as an issue.
    The land don’t belong to that organization.

    • Danny Colombian Clarke
      Danny Colombian Clarke May 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Sheldine while you are 100% correct in that the land was not theirs I would also say this . No one knocked down the squatters in the Belle , St Phillip etc. who built without permission in one case a water zone and many even stealing water by tapping into pipes . Now the park. In this day of so much negativity coming from our young ppl a venture that was keeping them off the street (providing it was not a haven for drugs and underage drinking ) I would seek to find a amicable solution even if it means giving them the use of a small portion of land elsewhere . Not like the government don’t have the land and look at the state of the community play areas even the one I used on evenings and weekends as a boy now in disaray and unusable . Basketball ring etc rust way and on the ground . We need to support our children and do our best to keep them from off the blocks amongst unfavorable adults .

    • Andrew Simpson
      Andrew Simpson May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

      We must ask the question; who does ‘it all’ belong to in the end?

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall May 31, 2017 at 11:39 am

      It have an owner and thing must be done in the correct way.

  2. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds May 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Thank you, well said and i totally agree.

  3. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis May 31, 2017 at 9:48 am

    A good news paper would seek to find out who ordered the demolition.

  4. Everette Johnson
    Everette Johnson May 31, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Barbados today is becoming like the nation news paper.( SAD)

  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner May 31, 2017 at 9:52 am

    These kids said they spoke to ministry and got verbal permission understand it was not written guess that’s they only mistake,said ministry could have given them heads up about demolition so they could have save equipment.Listen if this was a group of well heel rich kids this would have never happen plain and simple,I’m not least bit surprise this is Barbados we talking about.There are lots of people who have up to this day build illegal structures on government land and they were given plenty of opportunity to remove it before it was demolish.

    • David Gibbs
      David Gibbs May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

      One has to ask the question whether if this was a group of predominantly white kids from Atlaantic Shores or some planatation it would have been handled differently?.

  6. David Gibbs
    David Gibbs May 31, 2017 at 10:10 am

    I keep tellign persons – in everything wisdom. Maybe the demolition was legally done. Maybe the compound was a health danger and neded to be removed. whatever. But was the unannounced demolition done wisely? Doesnt seem that way. A little consulation, communication and perhaps gving the young persons time to find another location, or even assistance in transporting their material to another spot could have gone a long way to make this more palatable.

  7. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith May 31, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Build them a new one

  8. Nita Holligan
    Nita Holligan May 31, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Then complain about them, why not improve it to the safety requirements. What can you give them as an alternative?

  9. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore May 31, 2017 at 10:34 am

    The key thing was to sit with the young persons and come up with a workable solution, this move benefits no one. This was a positive venture and should be applauded. Far too often we cry down young people, while i am in no way supporting persons to break the law, the law should be applied fairly across the board. Young people need avenue to be creative and Government is in no position at this time to assist.

  10. Joey St
    Joey St May 31, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I continue to be very disappointed with this paper:Barbados Today. How can you publish an article like this which was written by a Michelle Cave? This structure was demolished because it was illegally constructed. Whatever good intentions or good to children is irrelevant. Breaking the law is breaking the law.

    • Simon Gooding
      Simon Gooding May 31, 2017 at 11:25 am how come you never said the same thing about Hard Rock Cement who constructed a building without planning permission…????

    • Ryan Barrow
      Ryan Barrow May 31, 2017 at 11:58 am

      If u have children they must be very disappointed in u

    • Hermine Alleyne
      Hermine Alleyne May 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      The law is never black or white there are faded areas,we tell the kids to keep off the block,when they do, you then treat them like this mixed signals, where is the humanity.

    • Louis Swann
      Louis Swann May 31, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Cant laws be wrong…they can be made to protect or disinfranchise… humans create laws and human beings can get it wrong sometimes and that would reflect…

    • Joey St
      Joey St May 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Of course laws are created by humans and can be wrong but if we all did as we like then they would be anarchy, think about it.

  11. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea May 31, 2017 at 11:02 am

    They want the children out on the blocks this is wrong and I don’t care if it’s government land they the government should’ve handled it better…..smfh.

    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      And if these kids only have 2 options…..skateboard Park or the block…. Then not only the government has failed them……the while country has. What are we teaching our children.

  12. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan May 31, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Guess that the government would rather have them sitting on the block smoking weed or robbing people instead of being creative and constructive!

    • Glen Antrobus
      Glen Antrobus May 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      And if these kids only have 2 options…..skateboard Park or the block…. Then not only the government has failed them……the while country has. What are we teaching our children.

  13. Biscuits May 31, 2017 at 11:50 am

    It is a pity that the parents or other adults who were aware of this, did not assist the children in obtaining the relevant permission to use this site. It seems like the adults, both parents and the persons in authority, have let these children down.That said, ‘squatting’ of any sort should not be encouraged.
    Maybe at this point an alternative venue could be offered by the Government or some kind corporate entity, as well as any necessary help, in setting up a new park. Hopefully someone will step up.

  14. Ras May 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Nip it in the bud, next they would want to come and build on my plot I have for my grand children and then I can’t them off my property, Every body want things free, nobody want to pay taxes

  15. Outsider May 31, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Hi danny the proper authorities should read your message very informative

  16. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony May 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    folly??? Hold was planning permmision given to build it in the first place.

  17. Disappointed May 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Listen, I agree with Danny and Rawle. Look at all those squatters at Rock hall, St. Phillip and i see new structures being built every day. They even have electricity and water and no one does anything to them, no one demolished anything. If they did not have the time to remove their property, will they be compensated for the damaged items. I would really like to hear from someone in authority. Were notifications done and gone unnoticed? Which Minister it was that gave the ok to go ahead and use the area? These are some of those things that make someone go hmmmmm????????

  18. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis May 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I AM LIVID! Visionless. You would waste our young people. There is absolutely no way out for them in this place. No road for innovation. They have a right to be angry. And my friends …….many of them are beginning to show us just how angry. Adults who couldn’t show them respect enough to discuss or even set an example for consultation on alternatives. I come from a land of ignorant educated. I don’t even know how this keyboard is functioning I am so angry.

  19. Tony Waterman May 31, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Danny Colombian Clark,You are comparing Apples and Oranges, You may be aware, but there are **Squatters Rights Laws on our Books**, i don’t know of any Law(s) that Govern this type of Activities, where in TODAY”S Worls Injuries could leat to Civil Litigation.
    **If you doubt me, Talk to Sagicor about the Land they Purchased with Rastas on it that now for years have refused to Move even when offered a SUBSTANTIAL sum of Money**

    Andrew Simpson!!! We don’t need Philosophy, we NEED a Solution.

    Sheldine Dyall,Anthony Michael Hinds, E Jerome Davis,

    Rawle!!!which Minister have you ever known to have given anyone Verbal Permission to do anything, and brining in this Rich and Poor Tripe does NOT help a Bit, how many more years are we going to spend Hating each other?????

    David Gibbs!!! The Race Card does help a Lot.David!!! When the Police has a Search Warrant to be executed, do they call the Person and warn Tem?? if no, how is this any different?? when is WRONG NOT WRONG???

    Raheem Griffith!!! Wy are people like you not putting some resources where you Mouth is and helping these young People, the Government is BROKE what don’t you understand about that??

    Joey St!!Thank you

    Simon Gooding!!!! Is that not before the Court???

    Sandra Madea!!!!how better, can we please get the name(s) of the persons they spoke to in Government, so that we can get an explanation of what went down, if in fact anything did go down???

    @Biscuits!!!Sane thinking from someone, but did the Parents care enough???

    Now!!! If any of you who wrote Comments, knows the Parliamentary Representative for this area, why don’t you go see Him/Her, and see what can be done to rectify this UNFORTUNATE situation?

  20. Mr Rock usa May 31, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    No wonder some of us bajan would never set foot in Barbados to live.this send a strong single to the youth that goverment dont give a shit about your needs or future. And if you do anything without or approvel. We going knock it down or lock you up. This attitude towards our people will distroy the country from within.i say to my peoples. Form a neighborhood movement to seek solutions to your issues. Run as an independent for public officer to help save Barbados from the crooks that’s in charge now.

  21. Joey St
    Joey St May 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    You guys have to stop being so emotional and look at the big picture. If these guys had build the structure on your property without permission i am sure you would be singing a different tune.

  22. Mouse May 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    from my knowledge of the matter, the top levels of the ministry knew of this years ago. I was informed about the skating facility by a senior officer there and the main concern was that of being sued if someone got injured there.

  23. Othneal May 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Whatever the legal situation may be, the youngsters have identified a need. A need that is worthy of consideration by Government, and provides an ideal opportunity for collaboration with the Island’s young.
    Skateboarding is infinitely more socially acceptable than joyriding or illegal gun possession.

  24. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome May 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    How long are going to moan and groan about a park that was illegally built. Build another one, try getting permission next time.
    Nothing you say will change the legality of the situation. Yes, i agree the goverment could have communicated better, but they did not, which in fact should surprise nobody.
    Keep your spirits high and keep the sport alive. Its time to close this chapter and move on to another one.

  25. Kos May 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    to joey st. have u ever been there i have an it was beautiful no one is saying there are right to build there but they were positive kids doing good.our goverment handle it badly.we are the people goverment land belongs to us all.

  26. LACI May 31, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Whilst it may have been wrong to build the recreation facility without permission, certainly the government could have placed warning signs, asking to contact the authorities by some date or risk demolition.
    I am sure this could be handled in a better manner, bearing in mind it was done by youngsters who were not growing marijuana trees or some other hideout. When will the squatters in the Belle be demolished?. I guess the kids were not to voting age as yet.

  27. Jay Don June 1, 2017 at 8:02 am

    People acting like these kids just built that park. That was there for 7 years, everybody knew of it including go officials. They held skate contests their. That was the very definition of pride and industry and what we want to promote in the youths. The vindictive out of touch and wastefull is a microcosm of what is wrong in this island.

  28. Jack June 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Yup, land has an owner. Yup, construction was illegal. Verbal permission, maybe.

    Did they have to do it by destroying it? No. Would it have been better to discuss so they could use the equipment at another location – definitely.

    Could the relevant gov ministries have worked together to assist them in removing, rebuilding within a legal framework. Definitely if they had any foresight and not think they had to flex their muscle.

    What is being done with the land now? Couldnt it have been sectioned off and rented to the guys until it was needed? Both sides benefitted. This was pure nonsense but going on for years.

    Ex. A church with a little open area next to it guys played football on. Took care of the surrounding, in the unfortunate even any minor damage occurred it was repaired along with anything else needed at the time. No one played during services. Pastor changed and new one built a driveway right through it, with a foot high sidewalk to make sure you couldnt play. Even though there were a number of other options.

    When people channel their energy into positive you should try to assist not break down.

  29. skater Of the past. June 1, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    This is an opportunity for better things to happen for skateboarding in Barbados. i believe that the same authority and power that was used to demolish a needed skatepark can also be used to aid the reconstruction of a new one.

    it is high time that a skate park be constructed in barbados for the growing number of kids who are skateboarding.


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