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Dear Mr. Colin Jordan,
by Alwyn Babb – Concern resident of St. Peter
Over the past three weeks, the residents of Boscobelle, St Peter, and surrounding areas have been highlighting an ongoing concern of beach access to Foster Fun-land.
Indeed, this concern has been featured in an article by Barbados TODAY dated Friday, October 22, 2021. This blocked access has not only placed additional pressure on residents, but also posed a threat to their livelihoods as many of them had resorted to fishing to earn income and feed their families.
Your interest in this matter which brings great pain to some of your residents should interest you two-fold. Firstly, as MP for St Peter and as Minister of Labour the portfolio which advances the cause of workers in Barbados.
Mr. Jordan, imagine if you can, having to walk over two miles daily with equipment and your catch of the day just to make a living. These honest, hardworking fishermen deserve better.
Now let me be clear, there is irrefutable evidence on record that there is a public access to the area where the residents do their fishing.
We would have assumed that by now any caring representative of the people, would have investigated and ensured that this situation is rectified in the interest of the people. Doesn’t representation mean raising your voice in situations that affect those who voted for you in large numbers?
This COVID-19 period has added immense pressure on our ability to earn and maintain a respectable standard of living. The ongoing water problems is stressful and to add insult to injury, our daily living is now made increasingly difficult because of this restricted access to fishing.
For your further information, St. Peter continues to have a number of mysterious land ownership issues. Six Mens and Battaleys, just to name a few. Many residents are having sleepless nights with worries as to what will happen. We have noticed your silence to issues in our community. Is your prolonged silence a signal of a possible declaration of your non-contesting of the next general election? If that is the case, when will we know?
In the meantime, while you remain our representative, please address the major concern of beach access on behalf of our hard-working residents.
Editor’s note: Mr Babb is reportedly seeking to be a candidate for the Democratic Labour Party in the parish of St. Peter in the next general election.