At Last, Are We There Yet? No, Not Quite.

Like an asteroid hurtling towards earth threatening to wipe-out life on the planet, the much-anticipated and eagerly awaited, some say long overdue, elections, finds the current Government engaged in last-ditch efforts to alter its course and avert certain doom. This is both amusing and bemusing to a people forced to endure, arguably, but barely so, the worst Government Barbados has ever seen.

It is always good to see these elected dictators, suddenly remembering that they are accountable to the masses, even if only for a couple of months every five years. Night after night via the farce called CBC Evening News, they torment people with mundane  details about inconsequential initiatives. They propose obscure projects slated for completion in the distant future, and resurrect every abandoned and long forgotten one, discovered in old rusty file cabinets, destined for the dump by some under-employed and overpaid civil servant. Presented as good and efficient governance by caring representatives, every word uttered, every tear shed, and every action taken is skilfully designed to generate maximum mileage on the propaganda highway.

“Every skin teet ain’t a laugh”, the old people say,  and they fool none but themselves and their most deluded supporters.  The talent they display, and their uncanny ability to generate photo-ops would make professional actors and public relations executives envious.

This pappy show is nothing more than a rerun. Barbadian politicians obviously still believe that most voters are ignorant and unable to see pass the fluff they present as accomplishments.

Finally, my home

Added by bteditor on January 25, 2013.
Margo Best waited 27 years for this moment - keys to her own home.
Margo Best waited 27 years for this moment –
keys to her own home.

Twenty seven frustrating years of waiting for a home from the National Housing Corporation came to an refreshing end this afternoon for a single mother.

Margo Best, a employee of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Insemination Unit, received the keys to her home from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at Forde’s Road, Clapham, Christ Church.

Best, who was among 16 families to receive their keys, told Barbados TODAY that at one point, she had given up trying for a home.

“It’s a joy and a peace to receive the keys this evening, after all the testing I have gone through,” the public servant exclaimed. “I felt like giving up at some point, because I applied for mortgages, but was not successful because my salary was not what they expected and because I’m single.”

She recalled being one of the people who applied for housing in Barbados even before the construction of the National Housing Corporation’s Wildey Housing Estate had been undertaken. The new home owner remembered that the persons at the NHC would continuously “turn you around” saying they are not ready yet.

“But for this time around, it was different, it was really different,” she beamed.

Stating that she wasn’t certain of the exact day she would move into her new residence, Best told this newspaper that when she first received the good news of finally getting the home, she was at work.

Another person, Esther Edwards, was waiting for her NHC home for 13 years. (EJ)
Finally, my home | Barbados Today.

Gift from Gov’t

Added by bteditor on January 25, 2013.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart tests the bed in this new NHC home this evening.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart tests the bed
in this new NHC home this evening.

One hundred and fifty more low-income families in Barbados will receive the keys to their homes next week.

This was revealed this afternoon by Minister of Housing and Lands, Michael Lashley, while addressing the formal handing over of 16 quad housing units at Forde’s Road, Clapham in Christ Church.

Lashley said the families will be moving into the homes at the high-rise complex at Valerie in Brittons Hill, St. Michael. He noted that these would add to the 2,020 families already housed by the National Housing Corporation between 2008 and today.

“And certainly, the fact that Valerie, which is the first high-rise building to be built in Barbados because it is much taller than London Bourne Towers, it is ready and the allocation process, I believe is about ready, and that would give housing to another 150 families in Barbados again, sometime next week,” announced the housing minister.

He gave the assurance that Government was also pushing ahead with plans to make access to land more affordable and convenient for citizens, especially those who can’t afford to buy it on the private market.

“We have acquired many spots of land across Barbados,” the Cabinet member observed, “and we are basically now in possession of the Town Planning permission for more than 300 of those lots that we have acquired and we have done the allocation process; and I am very certain that within a couple of days, Barbadians will have agreements for sale in their hands that will be followed by a conveyance.”

High cost of land

Lashley said the Government recognised the high cost of land in the island, considering that when one went to the private market, one had to start from $15 per square foot.

“So those Barbadians who want land, can now come to the National Housing Corporation and apply to this particular special programme, separate and distinct from the programme, or the regime of the Tenantries Freehold Act; but it is a social programme, because we believe Barbados is a society,” he declared.

He disclosed that there were plots of land ready in such places as Clifton Hill, St. John, and Vineyard in St. Philip. Lashley told this afternoon’s handing over ceremony that included Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, that these pieces of land of about 3,500 square feet, would cost between $17,000 and $20,000 each.

He promised that the state-owned NHC would not only be delivering lots for sale, but would be lending a helping hand to those building on them. The minister pledged that the corporation would make available, its skilled artisans as well as its approved housing plans to assist the prospective property owners in making their dreams come true.

He said Cabinet, having agreed to the NHC’s urban high rise housing programme, intended to enter the second phase with the construction of 96 units at Exmouth Gardens. He pointed out that Town Planning permission had already been given for this.

Fifteen of the 16 families who will shortly move into their housing units at Forde’s Road, Clapham, were present to receive their keys this afternoon from Prime Minister Stuart. (EJ)
Gift from Gov’t | Barbados Today.

A home at last
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) getting a feel for the bed as new homeowner Marva Best (left) and Minister of Housing Michael Lashley look on. (Pictures by Rawle Culbard.)

By Yvette Best | Sat, January 26, 2013 – 12:07 AM

They say good things come to those who wait.

Marva Best and 15 others can attest to that, after receiving the keys to their new homes at Forde’s Road, Christ Church from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart yesterday.

The homes were built by staff of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) at a cost of $2.8 million.

It was a great load off Best’s shoulders, in particular. She had been waiting 27 years for that day.
Paul Leonce (second from left) felt like he had won a million dollars when he found out he and his children Kyah Benn (baby) and Zaire would be living in one of the 16 units. He was congratulated by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) shortly after the handing over of the keys.
A home at last — NationNews Barbados


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