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RIDGE, Christ Church: 179 Acres to be Reclassified to Plant Concrete

rigg-town-hall-noticeIt seems like yesterday BU was at the vanguard of highlighting the indifference shown by the then Barbados Labour Party government to how agricultural land was being reclassified and subdivide to plant concrete. Eight years later under a Democratic Labour Party government nothing has changed.

The featured notice was published in the Nation newspaper on the 21 October 2016. A review of the notification shows it to be inadequate. While the notice advises the date of of the Town Hall there is no mention of the specifics of the subdivision.

BU was able to secure  a few pages from the EIA volume 2 –it relates to the development of 104 acres volume 2 we understand is 75 acres – to change its use to residential and commercial. That is a total of 179 acres. Barbadians have remained very passive on most issues – except Cahill –  which translates to this project moving forward.

These fields and hills -what are they becoming!

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119 Comments on “RIDGE, Christ Church: 179 Acres to be Reclassified to Plant Concrete”

  1. Violet C Beckles October 29, 2016 at 8:45 AM #

    Hants October 28, 2016 at 10:22 AM #

    179 + 240

    419 ACRES to be “removed” from agriculture.
    @@@

    Would you not like to see the Clear title history of the Plantations Named?
    Any how they got into the hands of the DBLP?
    How much was paid at that time?

    Or all that is needed to be done is by verbal words and news leaks?

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  2. Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    And today we read in the Saturday Sun ,Bizzy trying to pressurised the Government into changing 4 acres of his land in St Thomas from Agriculture , to allow him to farm solar cells. But, he added, it will still remain in agriculture as he will be using sheep on the site to mow the grass.
    No doubt Bizzy will have his way, and its all to do with the Sheep. The Sheep in Palmetto Market.

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  3. exclaimer October 29, 2016 at 12:38 PM #

    No surprise there Colonel Buggy. We in Barbados have always been followers; we lack the creativity so often found in other nations.

    Take a look at the link below

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/oct/29/tesla-boss-elon-musk-unveils-solar-roof-tiles

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  4. Well Well & Consequences October 29, 2016 at 1:08 PM #

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/10/29/pitcher-still-wants-dead-money-from-redjet/was this not the Ian Burns and Bizzy scams to get regional governments to fund Redjet
    .
    …..why is Barbados government ministers even speaking to 4 Seasons Bizzy….after all of that.

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  5. Vincent Haynes October 29, 2016 at 1:32 PM #

    Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 12:08 PM #

    In the same article Bizzy made the point that the project will be financed by borrowing from an overseas bank as he has no problems getting loans overseas………is this in contrast to our governments inability to secure any more beneficial loans overseas……possibly they could get Bizzy to borrow for them.

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  6. David October 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

    @Vincent

    What is Bizzy offering to secure the loan overseas?

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  7. Vincent Haynes October 29, 2016 at 1:38 PM #

    David October 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

    Good question……..would suggest assets overseas….its only a 3M loan.

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  8. Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 5:17 PM #

    David October 29, 2016 at 1:35 PM #
    @Vincent

    What is Bizzy offering to secure the loan overseas
    ………………………………………………………………………………..
    Income from rental to Government ,offices in Skymall
    Income from rental to Government, offices in the old Julie N building , Bridge Street.
    Income from rental /supply of water to BWA from Desalination Plants.
    Income from mainly government sponsored solid waste business, including ,garbage collection. Plus others
    Any overseas Bank, will be favourable towards the likes of Bizzy, COW, Maloney, et al , when the name Barbados is proffered. To them Barbados is more than adequate collateral .
    I am surprised that Bizzy is not financing this project from the pay cheques he receives from the Barbados Government monthly.

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  9. David October 29, 2016 at 5:23 PM #

    @Colonel

    If he is borrowing overseas he must be offering some security lodged overseas.

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  10. Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

    @Bajans. Some Government Housing Projects

    Lancaster , St James

    Church Village St Phillip

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  11. Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 5:42 PM #

    @ David
    Is is alleged that this guy has shares in Pricesmart and CostUless ? Perhaps those earnings stays in the good ole US of A.

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  12. Colonel Buggy October 29, 2016 at 8:03 PM #

    David October 29, 2016 at 5:23 PM #
    If he is borrowing overseas he must be offering some security lodged oversea
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Perhaps the loan is from the Republic Bank of T&T.

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  13. Violet C Beckles October 30, 2016 at 12:28 AM #

    http://howafrica.com/zimbabwean-president-robert-mugabe-orders-arrest-of-corrupt-ministers/
    Barbados ministers are next

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  14. John October 31, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    The water routinely goes off at the Frere Pilgrim development!!!

    If you don’t have a tank and pump system ….. tough!!

    The highest elevation there is 340 to 360 feet above sea level

    Fort George reservoir is at 398 feet.

    Not much so a difference.

    I suspect the problem is that the lower elevations Fort George supplies attract the water and get supplied easier than the higher elevations.

    I recall one of the requirements for the Fort George development way back when was that houses needed to install their own pressure tanks.

    So Ridge will gave the same problem as well, irrespective of whether a brand new pipeline has been installed or not.

    … and the density of housing proposed at Ridge is many many more times higher than Frere Pilgrim.

    If the pipeline also supplies St. Philip then clearly the only way we are going is downhill.

    Saw an interesting article about importing river water from Suriname to address the problem.

    Guess they will send it through the “desal” plant as the plant can’t handle salt water from the sea.

    The issue of sovereignty will arise as it did in the case of Singapore but these monkeys here don’t have a clue about such issues, … just try and patch … never say the truth about the problem facing our country!!!!

    Fort George gets its water from principally from Belle and Newmarket pumping stations which means they have been maxed out already.

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  15. David October 31, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    The matter of importing water was clarified. They are testing a process to efficiently transport river water to Barbados. The water will not ‘land’ in Barbados.

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  16. Vincent Haynes October 31, 2016 at 12:26 PM #

    David October 31, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    You only test if you intend to “land” at some stage in the future.

    I am concerned about the bacteria that will travel in it and how it will enter our system.

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  17. David October 31, 2016 at 1:21 PM #

    @Vincent

    Had a quick read of your article, will see if a member of the household can put a blog up on it next rotation.

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  18. Colonel Buggy October 31, 2016 at 2:10 PM #

    David October 31, 2016 at 11:22 AM #
    The water will not ‘land’ in Barbados
    ……………………………………………………………….
    In a similar fashion to the tractor some years ago that was destined for the Ministry of Agriculture, but found its way to Honduras. But nevertheless, we the taxpayers still had to pay for it.

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  19. Colonel Buggy October 31, 2016 at 2:16 PM #

    A few months ago some test holes were seen being dug in a 2- crop years, abandoned cane field between Balls Plantation and Henry Ford (Newton) Roundabout.
    Today we see the land being cleared , prior to some construction.
    And we are still jabbing on about a new sugar factory and food security?
    Fool me once! Fool me twice! fool me forever, we like it so.

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  20. Hants October 31, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

    Bizzy could should build greenhouses and put the solar panels on the roofs. He could also build chicken, and sheep pens and put solar panels on the roof.

    That would create a multi purpose “farm”.

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  21. John October 31, 2016 at 7:59 PM #

    Singapore produces about the same volume of water as Barbados in a year yet its population is 4 million and the plan is to increase it to 6 million.

    Hope I got those statistics right, I am depending on memory.

    It is fascinating to read how Singapore overcame its water scarcity and what it is doing now to ensure no other country can compromise its water.

    Here is an example of forward thinking people who understand the problem they face and seek to solve it.

    https://www.pub.gov.sg/watersupply/singaporewaterstory

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  22. Bush Tea October 31, 2016 at 9:49 PM #

    @ Colonel Buggy / John …anybody…
    Please help a lost Bushman…

    What the hell is that monstrosity being built on the Garrison savannah….
    DEM could be serious?

    Bushie thought all along that it was a temporary piece o shit the men building for the parade…..
    What the hell….

    HELP MUH….!!!

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  23. Ping Pong October 31, 2016 at 10:34 PM #

    John

    At the time of Singapore’s independence from Malaysia in 1965, Lee Kwan Yew so understood the importance of water that he had his wife Kwa Geok Choo (who was a brilliant attorney) draft the clauses in the Separation Agreement for the guarantee of water between the Malaysian state of Johor and Singapore. This guarantee was done via an amendment to the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. So from the very beginning, Singapore got its priorities right.

    Lee said he was determined to make Singapore useful to the world. I find the following quote about succession planning most instructive:

    “In a different world we need to find a niche for ourselves, little corners where in spite of our small size we can perform a role which will be useful to the world. To do that, you will need people at the top, decision-makers who have got foresight, good minds, who are open to ideas, who can seize opportunities like we did… My job really was to find my successors. I found them, they are there; their job is to find their successors. So there must be this continuous renewal of talented, dedicated, honest, able people who will do things not for themselves but for their people and for their country. If they can do that, they will carry on for another one generation and so it goes on. The moment that breaks, it’s gone.”

    Bush Tea

    even the open spaces where the people can relax, exercise and meditate are to be blighted by this lot as they “seek to write their names on history’s page”.

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  24. Colonel Buggy October 31, 2016 at 11:40 PM #

    @Bushie. looking at it a few hours ago while exercising (on both legs) on the Garrison , my take is that it is a brilliant idea for the sales personal , in the open market ,by the other monument on Bush Hill.

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  25. Bush Tea November 1, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    Amazingly idiotic.
    Hopefully there is a logical explanation to be had….

    This erection can only attract a name such as “Fruendel’s Folly”.
    A monument to idiocy and incompetence.

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  26. John November 1, 2016 at 10:28 AM #

    The last time I heard of interfering with the centre of the Garrison was when a suggestion was made for a new location for Nelson!!

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  27. John November 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    Ping Pong

    “…. it’s gone”!!!

    That’s for sure!!!

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  28. Hants November 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM #

    coming soon !!!!!! MOTTLEY ISLAND

    Then she threw in a bold initiative to enhance Barbados’ leisure and recreation tourism product. Her plan would marginally “increase” the size of the island, in a fashion similar to the Pelican Island land retrieval.

    “We can facilitate the reclamation of 2 000 acres of land so that we can have greenfield property for our new tourism build-out. And we do this not by adding a cent in public debt but by passing legislation,” she said, and went on to explain that such new territory would be at the disposal of government for possible commercial sale. “But we will only do it after the appropriate social and environmental impact studies are done”.

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  29. Hants November 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    @ David / BU

    Start a blog to discuss the BLP conference and MIAs plans to govern Barbados.

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  30. Hants November 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    Sorry David. forgot to say “please”.

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  31. David November 1, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    Now cries of water outages are being heard from residents in the South; Kendal, Kingsland etc

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  32. Hants November 1, 2016 at 11:45 AM #

    More water outages ?

    More desal plants coming.

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  33. Hants November 1, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

    MOTTLEY ISLAND will have its own sea water desal plant.

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  34. Vincent Haynes November 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

    Ofshore islands were mooted yers ago by the Realtor Altman at UWI.

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  35. John November 1, 2016 at 1:57 PM #

    Grandiose schemes …. shows they are all clutching at straws and know the end is in sight!!

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  36. Hants November 1, 2016 at 7:23 PM #

    I playing tip an run firm.

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/10/31/bragging-blp/

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  37. millertheanunnaki November 1, 2016 at 10:26 PM #

    @ Hants November 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM #
    “coming soon !!!!!! MOTTLEY ISLAND
    Then she threw in a bold initiative to enhance Barbados’ leisure and recreation tourism product. Her plan would marginally “increase” the size of the island, in a fashion similar to the Pelican Island land retrieval.
    “We can facilitate the reclamation of 2 000 acres of land so that we can have greenfield property for our new tourism build-out. And we do this not by adding a cent in public debt but by passing legislation,” she said, and went on to explain that such new territory would be at the disposal of government for possible commercial sale. “But we will only do it after the appropriate social and environmental impact studies are done”.

    Why not see this as a classic case of seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty?
    This would present the perfect opportunity of turning that part of Bim into a mini-Amsterdam. Since foreign exchange is the name of the game foreign dollars will be the only currency of “choice” to be spent on “Mottley little Island called Big Clit.

    The wheel would then have turned full circle. From the Jewish Dutch introduction of sugar and its related rum trade to the trade in the pleasures of the eyes and alteration of the brain.

    Why not take Bush Hill a few notches up the commercial ladder by taking the business slightly offshore? Shouldn’t Altman be a keen investor as his ancestors did with the other trade in flesh?

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  38. Nostradamus November 2, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

    Whatever happened to the White Paper on Agriculture prepared by Dr. Chelston Brathwaite. A document quoted in May 2012 by the Ministry of Agriculture as being “the first step in a process that will lead to the transformation and repositioning of the agricultural sector in Barbados.”
    http://www.agriculture.gov.bb/agri/index.php?option=com_content&id=645:background-document-on-a-white-paper-on-agriculture

    According to a story in the Nation Newspaper dated Wed, November 27, 2013 reporting on comments made by Minister Estwick the paper said:
    “The minister told the country today that a White Paper on Agriculture, which should be going before Cabinet soon,…….”

    That was November 2013. This is January 2015. What were the report’s recommendations relating to conversion of agricultural land to housing?
    Maybe Dr. Brathwaite, the Minister, the Ministry or someone would be kind enough to send a copy to BU or make it publicly available?

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  39. Bush Tea November 2, 2016 at 7:50 AM #

    @ Nostradamus
    Boss, Estwick is a shiite hound.
    NOTHING that he EVER said is worth shit…. be it about sugar, wave-to-energy projects, Middle East loans, planting bush to burn, water management, DLP management, Stinkliar, respect in cabinet, the gun incident, or just about his shiite-bar in St Philip.

    He speaks – or shouts – because people insists on inviting ministers to address functions.
    He HAS to find something coherent to say at such functions, but the expectation is that we should all take it in the spirit given – and forget all that he said …right after the function …. or better still- flush it…

    That such a cretin continues to wield influence in Barbados confirms our Brass Bowl status….

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  40. Nostradamus November 2, 2016 at 10:26 AM #

    Based on reported comments of the Chief Town Planner in the Nation Newspaper 13 August 2014 he does not understand why there are all these applications for residential development. See below excerpt and link.

    Cummins said there was a greater demand for building houses than there were people to actually live in them. “We have a population growth rate that is very, very small . . . but when you look around Barbados and the amount of development applications that we see in the planning office, especially for residential development, it begs the question where are we going to find the people to live in all of these residential spaces we are seeking to create.
    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/53801/housing-ok

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  41. David November 2, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

    @Nostradamus

    Why do you bother, the subdivision will go forward.

    #thisisbarbados

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  42. Nostradamus November 2, 2016 at 11:02 AM #

    David, you probably are right but The Chief Town Planner and the Town & Country Planning Department need all the support they can get. They are not the ones who will give the permission since this is Agricultural land over 2 acres so it passes to the Minister responsible for Town Planning who is the Prime Minister. Same applies to any developments on the coast such as the Hyatt.

    If this change of use is approved, and several others relating to agricultural land, it will be a political decision and not one made by The Chief Town Planner or his Department.

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  43. David November 2, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    @Notradamus

    Similarly when the St.Davids, St.Patricks, Lower Grey ares were being carved up and reclassified we heard the mutterings from the usual suspects but what, these people are about fetching economic value even at the expense of the decimation of our quaint landscape.

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  44. David November 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM #

    @Nostradamus

    BU posed the question to James Paul M.P. on his Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/jamesdpaul

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