I am tired of Rally Barbados invading where I live with the loud cars and the litter left on the beautiful St John landscape when they leave!!
I live in Stewart’s Hill, and with increasing frequency, Rally Barbados blocks access to my home with their events. I usually put up with it, but I was particularly upset on September 8, 2012, when returning home tired and hungry after work, a marshal on a power-trip spent so long telling me over and over with a belligerent attitude, that I couldn’t pass until she gave me the go ahead, at a time when no cars were coming up the hill, that eventually the opportune moment passed. Instead of waiting for about eight cars to pass, I parked my car and walked home. Suffice it to say, access to my home was blocked all day into the night.
Is it fair that we who live in the less populated parishes have to put up with this? Why can’t these Rally events be kept to Bushy Park where they cannot disrupt people’s access and peaceful enjoyment of their homes? The attitude that came across from this particular marshal is “too bad, so sad”, no apology. I must say there was one marshal at another stop who was pleasant and apologetic about the inconvenience, but I can’t say that this is the norm. The ministry responsible should poll home owners in these areas to ask whether the disruption to their lives is acceptable. Is it simply for the organisers of these events to request road blocks and they get their way? The whole situation appears very one-sided. Do we live in a democracy or not???!!!
– Margaret O’Shea – Angry resident
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