Marshall takes Govt to task over roads in St Joseph

A drive through picturesque St Joseph could easily result in costly vehicle repairs, says Member of Parliament Dale Marshall, who complained that virtually every road in the constituency was close to impassable.

According to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party parliamentarian, months of pleading with the Ministry of Transport and Works have yielded nothing more than incomprehensible excuses.

“Other than St John, we [St Joseph] remain the most neglected parish. The road infrastructure across St Joseph has been allowed to deteriorate by the Ministry of Transport and Works. The residents have called and I have called and other members of my team have called, but all we are constantly hearing is that there is constantly no material, absolutely no material. So the situation is just going from bad to worse and the [recent] rainfall just worsens the entire problem,” Marshall told Barbados TODAY this morning at the Eric Holder Complex in St Joseph, following a presentation of tablets to students by the Aron & Cristina Foundation.

Noting that his constituents would have only just had some relief from two years of chronic water shortages, Marshall said the people of St Joseph were once again approaching similar levels of frustration over the road condition.

“You have roads that you can hardly pass two cars abreast because the amount of bush that is encroached onto the roadway has virtually taken up an entire lane. It isn’t a good thing for one of Barbados’ most picturesque areas to be in this condition. We have to remember that we are a tourist destination, but more importantly, we are a place for all Barbadians to enjoy. I don’t want things to happen because tourists come, but because people have to get on with their daily lives. So while we have resolved the water challenge the road issue is now equally urgent,” the legislator stressed.

It was last week that Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley revealed that four companies would embark on a rehabilitation programme to repair Barbados’ road network.

The minister was speaking against the backdrop of complaints by motorists and Barbadians in general about the poor state of the roads across the island, made worse by the recent rains.

Lashley said at the time that money was available through a loan from the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the final details of the contracts were being worked out so that “we can stick within the corners of the Financial and Audit Act . . . . Otherwise the work would have been started”.

He said once money was borrowed from international institutions, contracts had to be cleared by the chambers of the Attorney General. He added that the projects should start within a couple of weeks.

13 Responses to Marshall takes Govt to task over roads in St Joseph

  1. Loretta Griffith November 1, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Minister Michael Lashley , I agree that all the necessary legal work should be in place, but there is a saying WHILE THE GRASS IS GROWING THE HORSE IS STARVING. My problem with this government is it seems they have waited until the bottom of the bucket dropped out before taking corrective measures. Seems like the country is being run like a penny shop.
    Where is the finance minister who controls the Country’s purse?
    There is something name priority. The roads and the sanitation of this country should never have deteriorated to thus level. I hold no ill will against Minister Lowe, but it would appear he is one of the ministers who will cost this government at the polls. Two years ago last June he promised this country garbage trucks. Where are they? I honestly think based on these facts he should have placed his resignation at the hands of the Prime Minister.
    As for the Prime Minister, there is no way I would sit back and allow these persons to spoil my legacy. Get rid of all the sycophants whether they be ministers or otherwise.
    Were I given a political job, I know I would make the person look better than he or she is, not cause them unnecessary embarrassment. I went to work in the sixties and I worked not, not a clock watcher or obstructionist. Those were the days you worked for very little but was able to accomplish a lot in every respect.
    I remember a very senior civil servant telling me about a young lady who did not like the job she was doing, but did a magnificent job. So much so when that particular job ended and another vacancy arose, she was the first person he requested. Reason being, if she could do such a good job of something she did not like you could imagine she would more than excel in something which she really liked. The moral of the story is we should always give of our best, regardless of the circumstances. That has been my motto during my working life and l have been

  2. archy perch November 1, 2017 at 6:41 am

    After being the MP for St.Joseph for all these years,
    smiling puss now discovered the roads need fixing. SMH

  3. just observing November 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Archy Perch , you sound like a real fool. What power does the gentleman have to fix roads. He is not in power. This is the situation ALL OVER BARBADOS.Wunna DLP sympathisers need to keep wunna mouths shut. The more wunna speak, the worse wunna making it for the party re the electorate.

  4. Patrick November 1, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Come on Dale, the roads in St. Joseph were always bad and you did nothing for fourteen years, you think people foolish.

  5. Patrick November 1, 2017 at 7:08 am

    When red plastic bad penned the song “potholes” which government was in office?

  6. archy perch November 1, 2017 at 7:10 am

    The BLP held power for 14 years my friend. Many things – including and especially roads -could have been done in St. Joseph. Even with the Whitehill water crisis situation; there was no leadership from this clown. None whatsoever.

  7. archy perch November 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

    The BLP thinks they’re going to pull the TRUMP Tricks filled with FAKE NEWS and win the upcoming general elections, but think again.
    Playing on people’s emotions and fears was mastered by Trump, the world’s classical idiot. The dubious dark clouds that Clinton had warned voters about concerning him, are now overshadowing the Barbados political scene. So much drama envelops Trump’s Presidency it ain’t funny. Similarly in Barbados. So much drama. So many things appear cloudy aver the woo man leading that party, it ain’t funny.
    Do you need two degrees to be a practicing lawyer in Barbados or not. And why can’t you go any do the exam now if that is the law.
    How can you as Prime Minister be asking anyone applying for a job in your office for the correct qualifications?????
    Is Barbados a BANANA republic or what.

  8. Freeagent November 1, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Mr. Marshall most of the roads in Barbados are in need of repairs and the heavy rainfall is not improving the situation. The problem is that the way the roads are being fixed is incorrect. Throwing some barber green from a truck into the holes is not proving very effective. The road surfaces should be scraped, laid with marl , compacted then barbergreened.

  9. charjoy November 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

    White Hill Dale, White Hill

  10. Helicopter(8P) November 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Ossie Moore says he has bought an auctioned Allis Chalmers crawler and attatched bubber pads on the track to go surfing down Bathsheba on Saturdays.

  11. Helicopter(8P) November 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    “Rubber pads” that is on the above contribution

  12. Lorenzo November 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Archy Perch you realise that Government is a continuam,meaning new Governments continue worthwhile projects of the old Government.If you are the best the Dems can bring to defend them they in real trouble.What can Mr Marshall do at this time in opposition,it would be better if you asked your Party to examine his comments to see if anything can be done instead of your childish responses to everything talking about the fourteen years of Government.How old are you Ten?It is time you Dems defend your record in office which none of you do not seem able to do.

  13. Barbadianborn November 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    The truth be told we always had pot holes, but not this many people come on, I believe we can make it into the world record for most pot holes ever. St. Joseph had fairly good roads for a while and to be fair to the Gentle all up Easy Hall and into the village was done, all up Malvern and even parts of Venture coffee Gully and even the little alley way by the church and the one by Mr. Blackman’s residence , so to say such things are really untrue. I don’t vote for none of the two parties, so I have no tie or reason to bad talk them. For persons to come here and speak such untruth is sad. I was bread and born in St. Joseph so I know what I am speaking about, Maize Barker welsh the five yeas she was in did fairly well by repair few roads in St. Joseph too. . We need to mature as a people and not deal with petty conversations and try to uplift ourselves and our nation, there is only one Barbados and one people, when we go overseas customs doesn’t ask us if we are Deems or Bees come on support what ever party you love, but let us be mature about how we do it. Some may curse me and say ill about what I had to say, but I love you all and will continue to love my people in spite of the party who hail for.


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