‘A disgrace’

St John residents cry out for bad roads; poor bus service

Residents of St John today echoed the concerns raised by their parliamentary representative Mara Thompson back in March, when she said she was both “horrified” and “angry” over the lack of attention being given by her own Government to the rural parish.

It was during debate on the 2017-2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure that Thompson zeroed in on the bad state of the roads in St John, while voicing her strong displeasure over the current bus service provided by the state-run Transport Board, which she said also left a lot to be desired.

“The buses don’t come on time or don’t come at all, namely the Sargeant’s and the Martins Bay bus. [Residents] are not pleased about the lack of action in acquiring the ground at College Savannah where Sussex Cricket Club plays cricket. I have numerous letters,” Thompson had stated at the time.

Thompson, the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson, who took over the St John seat following his passing back in 2010, had also identified a number of communities that were affected by “ruts, potholes, bumps and craters”, resulting in “destruction of shocks, depreciation of cars, angry constituents and an angry Member of Parliament”.

While expressing similar horror today, Foster Hall resident Jacqueline Skeete told Barbados TODAY the situation was nothing short of a “disgrace”, suggesting that when it rains one could actually drown in a pothole in St John.

“If you are not familiar with the area you could [also] get in an accident because the roads are so narrow and so bad, made even worse by the overhanging trees,” she added.

Skeete, who has been living in the rural parish for several years, said, “it has been years since the roads have been fixed, despite numerous calls to the authorities”.

Another Foster Hall resident, Malcolm Knight, told Barbados TODAY he was tired of trying to get the attention of the authorities, adding that to date the cries of residents had simply fallen on deaf ears.

Malcolm Knight showing Barbados TODAY his damaged rim and tyre.

“These roads are ridiculous and the Minister of Transport and Works [Michael Lashley] know out here bad because he himself told us he can’t send minibuses up here ‘cause the roads too bad. He tell we so at a town hall meeting,” Knight said, while stressing that there were “real potholes and even a big crack in the middle of the road”.

“I drop in a pothole coming up the road and now my rim and tyre damaged. This is ridiculous,” he told Barbados TODAY while questioning whether he was paying road tax to be further inconvenienced.

Apart from the challenges posed by potholes and an unreliable bus service, residents also complain that several areas of the parish are now overrun with bush.

In fact, just last week Lionel Holder and some other residents of Foster Hall were forced to take matters into their own hands in an attempt to debush an area which they said was becoming a hazard.

Lionel Holder

“Me and some others come out with our cutlasses and cut down some of the bush hanging on the road because it was becoming dangerous. The road already terrible and full of potholes; it already narrow and to make things worse trees overhanging, so something had to go,” Holder said.

Over in Bay Tavern, Phillip Cain accused Lashley of doing absolutely nothing for the people of St John.

“A group of residents came together to fix the roads a few times but it is costly to maintain the effort; we buy cement, get sand and stone and we mix concrete and fill in the potholes ourselves because nobody from MTW don’t come down here and when they do they drop the Barber Green in and say ‘traffic will roll it out’, but traffic doesn’t roll out Barber Green. It digs it out,” Cain said.

Phillip Cain

Another Bay Tavern resident, who did not want to be identified by name, said a similar project had been conducted in New Castle, St John.

“All the roads are horrible, one of our neighbours put down Barber Green but unfortunately because we are on a slope when the rain fell it washed away, the roads are twice as bad when the rain falls because you don’t even know you dropping in a pothole,” she said.

She also the narrowness of the road is troubling when there is no bus.

“The Martin’s Bay bus comes when it feels like and then children going to St Margaret’s Primary have to walk 15 to 20 mins on these roads just to get to school, it is terrible and dangerous,” she said.

27 Responses to ‘A disgrace’

  1. luther thorne November 6, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Disgrace indeed ! One wonders where all the money collected in taxes is going. No Buses; No Roads. Very basic . Something is wrong.

  2. Carlos November 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Good fun wanna! Wanna keep voting DLP and wanna de worst parish in Barbados!

  3. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 7, 2017 at 12:40 am

    As it stands, successive governments have bitten off more than they could chew in an attempt to impress all and sundry without actually counting the cost or considering future variables. Generally speaking, we have build our dreams with enormous debt without considering that circumstances could change for the worst. Now it will be hell to repay our creditors and maintain our monuments simultaneously.

  4. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding November 7, 2017 at 3:24 am

    ..Ha..Buhbaydus people…someone(s) is making a lota money in selling spare parts for damage vehicles with all these potholes…….Seems like a scam …….not bcause of government neglect of road repairs but something more sinister……..hmmmmmmm…..

  5. Tony Webster November 7, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Wow! DEM folks certainly not happy. To be fair to all concerned, Mara should mek up her mind…long time now. St. John folks have been taken for granted, long, long time.

  6. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett November 7, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Failed dlp!!!?? Pockets full,while people suffer

  7. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine November 7, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Wake up people of St.John, you are being taken for granted. Why do you keep holding on to the past voting blindly for the DLP? Please let your votes be earned. I am not political, could careless who runs government, but let your vote be EARNED.

  8. harry turnover November 7, 2017 at 6:16 am

    Good fa wunna.Every five years wunna telling DEM ‘ ya en got to come to St.john to talk to nobody and hold na meetings either,we gine ALWAYS vote DEM ”
    Somebody got to tell wunna that if wunna continue to vote for the DEAD that the PARISH gine be DEAD ?
    A pack a RH JOHNNIES

    • MARIA Holder November 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Hey watch yuh mout – 20% approximately are not RH Johnnies

  9. hcalndre November 7, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Where is Ms. Bowen? go and plant some flags in St, John. Now if the Ex. Prime minister`s wife and member of the DLP can`t get the roads repair, a proper bus service, how are the ministers on the opposition even get a hearing. I believe the DLP have seen the writing on the wall so they have decided that they gone anyway so to do or not, will be no help and yet the man would not ring the bell.

  10. Ju Li Anne Carter
    Ju Li Anne Carter November 7, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Y’all get the health clinic completed, be thankful. Y’all slow???? They ain’t got to do anything else for y’all, cause with the unconditional love that y’all have for DEM, they know come 2018 wunna still putting DEM back there…and stop blaming Michael Lashley, he’s busy fixing the roads in St. Philip North (pick some sense from that).

    • Veronica Wiggins
      Veronica Wiggins November 7, 2017 at 9:37 am

      As a St. John resident I endorse this message 100%.

    • Angel Maloney
      Angel Maloney November 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Y ya can’t like this comment more than once 100% truth dey please repeat please

      • andy g November 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

        At last mara open her mouth.she knows that she lost a lot of support.but fortunately,the loss is not big enough to knock her out.wonder if she passed through pothouse or welch.as for welch where you enter from coach hill or quintyne ,you can bearly enter.

  11. MARIA Holder November 7, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Mara your fellow parliamentarians figure that you are safe, so why spend money on your constituency. Spend it where it may not be too safe. To be honest, though Mara I am not sure that you are being sincere. Just can’t bring myself to trust you

    • andy g November 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

      she is not

  12. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    That should one of the first things done in the first 90 days of getting into office.

  13. Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 6:30 am

    There are roads all over Barbados which are not done for many years under both governments leadership. We as a “thinking” people need to remove biases and curb these power of persuasion.

  14. Greengiant November 7, 2017 at 9:06 am

    @Carlos: Under the B L P it’s the same for them. Under the B L P nothing was done for the people of St. Joseph, or White Hill in St. Andrew and those two were B L P safe seats since when I could remember, we can say the same for St. Thomas. So I guess your making the point that both B L P and D L P operates the same way. Then it’s time for the people of those constituencies to give their votes to Solutions Barbados.

  15. Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Ok greegiant. Mind you if I was a BLP leader and truly wanting to change the mentality/mindset of the peoples of St John to vote for my party, I would ensure that I do for the people of St John when I am in power. Stop with this predictable, stale, vindictive, rubbish and divide mentality. A study should be carried out in St John to determine why they keep voting for the DLP too, it can’t be only an EWB effect.

    • Jennifer November 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

      And if it is an EWB effect, then this effect cannot be effecting the DLP members or they dislike EWB, because them ain’t doing anything for the peoples of St John either.

  16. James Marshall
    James Marshall November 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Why do we still equate fixing roads with politics? We pay taxes so our roads can be maintained regardless of who is in power. No one is doing anyone a favour by fixing roads in any particular community, but the politicians know they can lure us with such trinkets.

  17. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke November 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    The Clinic finished,so you all better not get sick ,cause if you got to pass there to get to the Clinic,make sure the box cart wheels good.

  18. Carlos Holligan
    Carlos Holligan November 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

    It now hit home that they lack good representation for the pass 35 yrs plus (2 Prime Ministers)

  19. David Edghill
    David Edghill November 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    It happens in England too…..

  20. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed November 7, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    waittttttttt St. JOHN people now wake up….yal have been neglected since 1966…….Ministers fo Finance represented yal and wunna still voting party………….go figure

  21. straight talk November 7, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Yuh don’t have to do nothing in St.John just come and run as a DLP and yuh win, pack of jokers Dem right to treat wunn like that. gun be worst


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