No quick fix for Dark Hole, says Lashley

Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley has put residents of Dark Hole, St Joseph on notice that it may be some time before full vehicular access is restored to that area.

Residents of the rural community have been worried that they could be virtually stuck, after the main road leading towards St Sylvan’s collapsed last Saturday.

Many said they were fearful that the collapsed road would compound an already woeful public transport problem, which has long plagued the community.

Speaking to the media this morning at the launch site of a $5 million road rehabilitation project at Flagstaff, Wildey, St Michael bankrolled by CAF Development Bank of Latin America, Lashley said that based on preliminary reports from engineers, the Dark Hole crevice would be there for a long time.

“My technical team is currently working on a solution and I know that we have already signed on an agreement with CDB [Caribbean Development Bank] for road projects in those areas and also a bridge improvement project. We have not turned a blind eye to what is going on in Dark Hole but it would take some time. It is not an easy fix because that is a Scotland District area,” Lashley said.

However, the minister also sought to assure residents that they had not been forgotten and that his ministry was working to find the solution.

“I am not an engineer but speaking to my technical team and based on the information I am getting we are going to have to approach it very carefully, but of course I want to assure the residents that we will find a solution for them,” he reiterated.

Following the cave in on Saturday, Member of Parliament for the constituency Dale Marshall accused the ruling Democratic Labour Party of abandoning the Scotland District “and therefore we continue to be living in a state of peril”. 

However, this morning Lashley strenuously denied the charge, arguing that his ministry had maintained a presence in St Joseph long before the collapse.

“Let me say this clearly. We are not neglecting the people of Dark Hole area. My technical team is on the job and are constantly doing work in that area. So this incident would really mean that we have to beef up our programmes in those areas. I am not worried about the things anyone else has to say because of elections, I am just doing my job. We have been doing work in all of the constituencies,” Lashley argued. 

16 Responses to No quick fix for Dark Hole, says Lashley

  1. Mack January 26, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    How come that we cant have a quick fix to anything in Barbados.

    This Government is just lot of talk and nothing else.

    They all dress up very nice and pretend to be very professional. But no results.

    No problem solving skills with the most simple of problems.

    The only thing they are good at is giving away the people assets and taking care of themselves and their friends.

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  2. Mark My Word January 27, 2018 at 2:51 am

    A dark hole would never be nothing to fix quick
    The people in dark hole need to come into the light
    The Scotland District will always be slipping and sliding and houses built on top of caves will eventually cave in

    The main problem in Barbados is that we are now producing a lot of educated persons without common sense

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  3. Tony Webster January 27, 2018 at 6:36 am

    My compliments to the BT shutter-bug: capturing that clearly-contrived expression of Hon. “Minister of Mash-Up Roads” is priceless. Like he wuz thinking…was that a a little wind I passed….or was it a landslide?

    “Leave it to Lashley”… and “All is well with our roads”…the new mantras.
    Yes….LOL…. because effin you doan laff…you gine cry….

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  4. jrsmith January 27, 2018 at 7:25 am

    We cant have a quit fit to anything in Barbados , because its not benefitting the politicians no brown envelopes under the door ,as I say again we need to make politicians be (Accountable) we need to make sure they are working for they supper,………..
    A general election is not going to put things right in Barbados , we have the same old political set up and politicians , they same old corrupt system them and us, …………
    Voters in Barbados needs the upper hand over the politicians…….

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  5. Helicopter(8P) January 27, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Formers which would be of hard wood should be hydrolicly driven in staggered formations compounded with gabblers in a terraced format. Special grading of material sizing is primus.

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  6. Mack January 27, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I tell Minister Lashley to get Cow Williams to take over this project and have it done. But no he would not listen to me.

    He have his do nothing crew working on it. Now we are certain not to have a quick fix.

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  7. jrsmith January 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Stop talking rubbish about quick fix , this is of no benefit to the politicians so no fix at all in haste……………… The wickedness the politicians is playing bajans as idiots against each other , political stupidness …. This is neighbour against neighbour party politics …………………….

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  8. Nathaniel January 27, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Mr Lahley which constituencie are you doing this work?Because every where you turn, in Barbados is pot holes .I had never seen Barbados in this kind of state yet. Country run right down .Polotitians like them pocketing tax payers money instead of dealing with this county. Take a look at the south coast sewerage ,the garbage ,the roads,these ministers getting on like they dont care about us .Seem to me they have in ten years now which mean they will get pension so they no longer care about the country no more.

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  9. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 2:06 am

    J R
    If Mia Mottley cant change things , this election might be the
    Last or one of the last for the traditional approach. People are tired of the games. Here is Mia’s chance to bring significant change to Barbados and the World.

    Transparency and Accountability must be key elements going Forward. Corruption must be wrestled to the ground and eliminated from the biggest Public Office with bribe money and kicbacks to the QEH employee who walks around selling Surgical alcohol for $5. for a pint and half (as outlined by a caller to Brasstacks) or the School Meals worker who declares that nothing School Meals Service has in stock , will they buy from
    outside .

    Improvement in the Education system is a must.
    Productivity and Efficiency must be hallmarks.
    Proper Training of Public Officers who serve the Public is a must.
    There is a lot of work to be done. It is challenging but exciting that is why the PM should call Elections if he really cared about this Country instead of narrow political goals

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  10. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 9:23 am

    If Mia Mottley cant change things , this election might be the
    Last or one of the last for the traditional approach. People are tired of the games. Here is Mia’s chance to bring significant change to Barbados and the World.

    Transparency and Accountability must be key elements going Forward. Corruption must be wrestled to the ground and eliminated from the biggest Public Office to the lowest.

    Improvement in the Education system is a must.
    Productivity and Efficiency must be hallmarks.
    Proper Training of Public Officers who serve the Public is a must.
    There is a lot of work to be done. It is challenging but exciting that is why the PM should call Elections if he really cared about this Country instead of narrow political goals and let us get on with the job of rebuilding Barbados.

    Reply
  11. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 9:25 am

    People are tired of the games. Here is Mia’s chance to bring significant change to Barbados and the World.

    Transparency and Accountability must be key elements going Forward. Corruption must be wrestled to the ground and eliminated from the biggest Public Office to the lowest.

    Improvement in the Education system is a must.
    Productivity and Efficiency must be hallmarks.
    Proper Training of Public Officers who serve the Public is a must.

    There is a lot of work to be done. It is challenging but exciting that is why the PM should call Elections if he really cared about this Country instead of narrow political goals and let us get on with the job of rebuilding Barbados

    Reply
  12. luther thorne January 28, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Productivity and Efficiency must be hallmarks.
    Proper Training of Public Officers who serve the Public is a must.

    There is a lot of work to be done. It is challenging but exciting that is why the PM should call Elections if he really cared about this Country instead of narrow political goals and let us get on with the job of rebuilding Barbados

    Transparency and Accountability must be key elements going Forward.

    Reply
  13. Helicopter 8P January 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Now lets remember; quick fixes cost more in the long run! A good hydrologist, highway engineer, geologist road builder would be able to come up with advanced engineering and highway safety plan. We all wish a good out come as we have tourist from all parts of the global village enjoying our tropical rain forest of the eastern coast line of Barbados.

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  14. Alex Alleyne January 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    No “quick-fix”, that’s for sure. We need money and time to import the “Volcanic Rock” from our neighbours next door. Not only for the road in this area but throughout the Island. So TAX PAYERS brace yourself for the long haul along with all the “cost over-runs” , time after time.

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