Barbadian Environmentalist angered at project which can destroy Sunbury, St. Philip
My loyalty is to my Country and its people be it the marginalized, differently abled, the unborn and the voiceless. Thus I must be non partisan and free from all political influence and never be polarized. This letter was written as Kammie M Holder a private citizen of Cox Hill, St Philip and not as Kammie M Holder a Director of the Future Centre Trust.
I appeal to Mr Mark Cummins of Town Planning and Ministers of Government to let Sustainable Development be their guide in word, thought and deed.
I am forced to write this letter to register my disappointment at the planned change of use of 31 Acres /1.3 Million Sq Ft of Agriculture land at Sunbury St Philip into a Quarry. This Land I understand is not rab land and is not far from land that was taken from agriculture into Quarrying at Edgecumbe that is now being used as a dump.
If the people of St Philip don’t wake up and understand that there is more to their existence than Wukking Up at the St Philip Carnival they will someday be surrounded by many quarries which will then become dumps. How educated are we? When we stand mute on our development and things that effect us. This is not the Barbados the late Errol Barrow envisaged when he introduced free education for all.
To those who may not be aware I am a supporter of the DLP but my loyalty is to Conscience, Country and People before party. Thus I will speak my mind freely and will not be deterred by any political yardfowls who will question my loyalty. Looking at the Obituary page in the Sunday Sun I saw many persons who would have probably on their dying beds regretted not being truthful to themselves. Too often persons are afraid to speak honestly in an effort to maintain largesse and social connections which will only seek to further engender flawed governance.
Mr . Prime Minister, what has happened to your promise at election on the Agriculture Land Change usage vote by Parliament? The only way that this development is acceptable is if this permission was made in concrete by the previous government and even so your are the ultimate authority.
What has me more amazed is that I have not heard one word from the Minister of Agriculture, Mr David Estwick or Mr Michael Lashley representatives for the area in question. These three Ministers are my friends and as such appreciate my honest feedback as they know I have their best interest at heart. Readers never trust anyone who says they are your friends and cannot be truthful with you they are bold face liars.
This level of representation by the DLP and the BLP on Environmental/ Agriculture Land issues are similar to the paradoxical representation President Jagdeo is providing on behalf of Caricom on Climate Change internationally. President Jagdeo cuts down the Guyanese forest which is one of the richest Ecosystems in this region for paltry dollars when his country is most vulnerable to sea level rise. Thus Barbados will suffer from influx of migrants because of his short sightedness for Instant Gratification rather that perpetual gratification when Climate Change Migration starts to happen when Guyana is completely flooded.
Its time enough that Politicians make decisions in the best interest of the country rather than to retain their parliamentary seats.
I am still awaiting word from Mr Lashley and Mr David Estwick on what is happening at Cox Hill on the change of agriculture land which once produced vegetables and sugar cane. You owe it to us the residents of Cox Hill. The vote of the persons in Upton is worth the same as the vote in Church Village.
We cannot eat Quarries, We cannot eat Houses, we cannot eat Golf Courses, only when we have sold off all our land will we then realize that we cannot eat money and prices are beyond the reach of the average voter. Yes we need the foreign currency but at what price when the same money goes right back out in a food import bill.