‘Bridgetown is looking nasty’, complains Inniss

The state of Barbados’ capital city currently belies its historic and commercial value as it is simply too filthy, complains Minister of Industry and Small Business Development Donville Inniss.

Today, the outspoken Government minister called on The City businesses to take the lead in cleaning up Bridgetown and to do so out of their own pockets.

“We can all do better in terms of tidying up our city,” Inniss told the official launch of the Small Business Association’s (SBA) week of activities and Solar Express project in National Heroes Square.

“I would like to see each enterprise in Bridgetown making an effort every month with their staff and families to come and just clean their surroundings. “Don’t tell me you need a subsidy from Government to do it. I believe that if you really care about the environment you will do something about it without having to depend on Government,” he said.

During his colourful address, Inniss also expressed displeasure over the continued heavy reliance by Barbadians on fossil fuels and gas and diesel powered vehicles, despite this island’s dwindling foreign exchange reserve.

He reported that local dealers had brought in 2,070 vehicles between January and July this year, compared to just over 4,000 vehicles for all of last year.

“It is a significant amount of vehicles. That is why I was happy to come here this morning and give support to this project, because it must also send a message that electric vehicles are the way for us to go.

“The state has provided incentives to facilitate this, . . . so I would like to see more Barbadians making better use of solar vehicles going forward,” Inniss told the gathering for the launch of the Solar Express project, which will consist of two 10-seater solar electric vehicles operating in and around the Capital offering tours of Historic Bridgetown.

Inniss said he saw the project as “the commencement of the transformation of Bridgetown as we ought to have it, a much cleaner city.

“Let us face the reality, Bridgetown is looking nasty. I don’t know any other way to put it. I need to be very frank about that,” he said while also expressing his desire for The City to become free of vehicular traffic.

In his wide-ranging address, Inniss also expressed condolences to the Caribbean victims of Hurricane Irma, while suggesting that the category five storm which is being closely followed by  Hurricane Jose, was an indication that climate change was real.

“I hope that no world leader’s private property is damaged by Hurricane Irma or Jose over the next couple of days.

“If per chance that happens I hope some world leaders go back to the Paris Accord and say, ‘I am sorry, I apologize, here is my money, climate change is real’. But if that does not happen to his private property, there are enough investments that he has around the world that ought to be a wake up call for him that climate change is real,” stressed Inniss, in an obvious reference to  United States president Donald Trump who has described climate change as a hoax, and who earlier this year announced that the US would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is meant to curb emissions around the world.

SBA President Dean Straker did not get into the climate change debate, but he told Barbados TODAY he agreed
with Inniss that Bridgetown was “quite filthy” and recommended the establishment of a committee to oversee the revitalization of The City, with contributions from area businesses.

As a means of dealing with traffic congestion, Straker suggested that Government could introduce a Sunlight Act outlining a policy for businesses renewable energy sector.

32 Responses to ‘Bridgetown is looking nasty’, complains Inniss

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 9, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Well do so.egging about it. Your are the government right, get with the appropriate supervisor and get it cleaned up.
    Better yet why not get prisoners to clean the whole down town they are just sitting in jail eating and living high on the hog of free government housing,Health care, food.
    Hell free labor save the treasury some coin, bring back the chain gang.

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    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 9, 2017 at 5:36 am

      They have to look into that possibility and discuss it first. Lol

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    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Well its the simplest way to get it done while dishing out community service for the low risk non violent offenders. Now you can simply assign them to mandated community service at their sentencing do tickets , low level pocession charges and non felonious activity, it would serve as punishment and you get to keep Bridge town , listings and other island attractions spotless, Hey Magistrates read this and make it happen. My bad that’s too forward thinking for you all.

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    • Kaiser Sose
      Kaiser Sose September 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

      BUMBLE STEWART and his merry band of bumblers have no clue

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  2. Jason Callendar Ramsay
    Jason Callendar Ramsay September 9, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Your right there, wonder who’s fault it is?

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  3. Kevin September 9, 2017 at 1:17 am

    The redevelopment of the river terminal and inner basin of the Constitution river was done couple years back and that area was looking so sweet. Then over time what occurred…… garbage thrown all over the place, all the life buoys gone (probably stolen) and garbage in their places, the nicely painted sidewalls, filled with nasty rain and sun beaten posters advertising fetes. Some body throw all old chair and old wooden table in the wharf that was dredged. I dont know why big people who should know better does take and destroy and dirty up the amenities that is freely placed their for them to enjoy.

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  4. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton September 9, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Have you just taken off your rose tinted spectacles?? Bridgetown has been looking nasty for years. In fact Barbados has been nasty for years. Anyone heard the Police arresting anyone for littering?

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    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones September 9, 2017 at 4:04 am

      I been saying this for a long time. From Bay Street down its filthy and looks tired and run down. People do have a responsibility to keep their environment clean but government needs to take a lead. Where’s all the tax money going? Why no arrests for littering. Government just full of hot air, abdicating responsibility for everything.

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  5. Gail Agard Wallace
    Gail Agard Wallace September 9, 2017 at 2:12 am

    You can’t get proper garbage pick up, sewer on the streets when it pours rain, people without water, and someone finally sees that Bridgetown is nasty? Living under a rock?

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  6. Jennifer September 9, 2017 at 3:40 am

    This people will buy into anything thrown at them like a dog. How can hurricanes in hurricane season be any proof of global warming??? Trump is right, the postulated cause of global warming is a hoax.
    Electric vehicles is the new tech of the same beast trying to save money from fossil fuels usage. Mo big money earned from making it mandatory for all to change their vehicles. What this nit wit should be doing is trying to get some black people producing electric vehicles as a business. Not to mention that his government is in power and he knows that BT is dirty!!!!! I bet he will do nothing. Nappy wearing…………………………….

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  7. Lynn Haynes
    Lynn Haynes September 9, 2017 at 5:01 am

    What’s wrong with these people. Seriously? Additionally many other places on the island filthy and full of rubbish. Plastic bags we still can’t seem to reduce and Styrofoam that needs to be banned. Wake the hell up!

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  8. Ann Harding September 9, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Lead by example and form a team to join Clean Up Babados. Nearly 700 people already have.

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  9. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan September 9, 2017 at 6:17 am

    You now realizing that! It has been that way for a very long time, but I guess that now that it;s an election year that the current government would see all that is wrong and try to fool the people again as usual that they can fix all the problems and make life better for Barbadians? what happened during the last eight years, why didn’t you recognized this then?

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  10. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade September 9, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Well you all you got to do is to bring back the workers and the place will get clean up this gentleman love to talk rubbish he want to be the next leader fay lngham no thst a easy way out why not give back the people job 10years ago thing was good now the place is nasty the drain nee to clean

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  11. Dawn-Marie Rawlins
    Dawn-Marie Rawlins September 9, 2017 at 6:48 am

    So did the nastiness just start two weeks ago or is it that u are just realising this?? Cause u must have been traversing back and forth for the last nine years… I smell elections!!!

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  12. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Not now, every since.

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  13. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb September 9, 2017 at 6:52 am

    What is happening in Bridgetown is a reflection of what is happening in this Government!

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  14. hcalndre September 9, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Innis and his government should lead by example and use the electric powered vehicles. His government has taxed the living life out of the people for services but still want them to now take what is left to do what their taxes are taken to do. What are they doing with the tax payers money? What about the roads, the drainages, the lightings, the garbage, the whole 9 yards.

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  15. Andrew Simpson September 9, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Very few persons seem to care about the collective anymore.

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  16. Curtis Greenidge
    Curtis Greenidge September 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Whose Fault is That?

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  17. Princess M R Charles
    Princess M R Charles September 9, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Rubbish collectors use to have brooms and shovels on the truck to collect any spilled rubbish now I see some of them raking the rubbish up with there hands or leaving the spillage where it is Barbados has gotten slack in more places than one concerning workers the place bounce to be nasty

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  18. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde September 9, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Really?????? It took you two terms to notice this?

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  19. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman September 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Not only Bridgetown all over Barbados.. Please inform your colleague who seems to forget his role at SSA.

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  20. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott September 9, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I just knew it, it would have taken a little while for folk to see what is happening . who’s responsible?

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  21. Isolene Evans
    Isolene Evans September 9, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Stop the talking and get to work in keeping the whole island clean. Make all the business owners responsible for keeping they surrounding clean, if they don’t start finding them.Fine the vendors for littering and even the people. Start collecting garbage on a regular schedule. When I comes to Barbados I am truly shame of the place I use to know. Everybody have to help take care of the environment. Start having random check of business and if the surrounding is not clean issue them a fine.

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  22. Elroy Doyle
    Elroy Doyle September 9, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Bridgetown needs another fire…from Bay Street to Eagle Hall.

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  23. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones September 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Not only does Bridgetown look nasty, it also smells vile…we are a major cruise destination, but I shake my head in shame and embarrassment whenever I think of those tourists coming off their cruise ships and coming into town to be confronted with dirt and filth and stench everywhere…must be two years or more since I’ve ventured been into town…

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  24. Helen Charles Knighton
    Helen Charles Knighton September 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Speightstown Jetty This is how the DLP govern Barbados

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  25. BaJan boy September 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Wonder which rock this clown has just come from under..

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  26. Fallon Best September 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Govt need to plan and engage urban planning and built environment professionals on this more as well. Barbados needs a a simple urban regeneration master plan to achieve a compact city with priority smart zones (approx. 7) including the Oistins, Holetown Speighstown and Bridgetown, with a standing committee of members from various government departments (corporate public property a.k.a crown lands, housing, parks and open spaces management, social services, policing, engineering (MTW) to share and coordinate implementation of plans with public service administrators and private investors that share a common vision for the future. Investors need gauranteed streamlined planning permissions and outline planning permission for 7 stories for entire city center, which needs to see more mixed use developments and thousands of affordable home projects built within the next decade, investors need at least 7 years of tax incentive to courage their investment in superstructure, streetscape and traffic management need improvement with temporary traffic orders.
    #Iamasolution #issasolution #bridgetownsolutions http://www.solutionsbarbados.com

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  27. arrizzi September 9, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    the honorable minister calling a spade a spade he making sure that he shirt tail will not be caught in the fire who can blame him election round the corner and when the roll is call he want to be there

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  28. mervin Kellman September 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I have always said that Bridgetown needs a professional city manager with some autonomy,legislative support and a decent budget. Not sure that will happen in today’s political scheme of things though.

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