From Barbados Today's article: Chain gone
"The controversial chain erected on a sidewalk in Mullins, St. Peter, has been removed.Phew! If we could only get such prompt action on the groynes at St. Peter's Bay, we would be all set here in Road View/Mullins. Seriously though, we have be campaigning for nearly four years for the removal of three rock groynes in the area that have devastated our beaches, all to no avail or action from government or the developer responsible. I wonder who we have to call at Barbados Today to get the ball rolling. I know it's a little different from taking pictures by the roadside, whatwith all the sand you might get in your shoes, or have to walk in water up to your waist; but I still believe that the groynes are a much bigger issue for the area and Barbados as a whole than a silly little movable chain-link parking barrier.
The chain, which was located outside the Sandalo luxury villa, caused a stir after pedestrians complained they were forced to walk in the road because of it.
Maureen Hackett, manager of the Villa Management department of Bajan Services Limited, managers of the property, said the fence was removed on Friday after Barbados TODAY brought the concerns of pedestrians to her attention.
“We like to follow rules and regulations so as soon as I put down the phone, the fence was taken down,” she said.
However, Bajan Services management stressed that the intention was always to protect pedestrians, rather than restrict them. According to the company, motorists attending the beach and a nearby establishment had made a habit of parking on the sidewalk, damaging it and forcing pedestrians to walk in the road.
“The intention was always to make it safer for the pedestrian.”"
This is not to minimize the dangers posed to the public by what transpired outside Sandolo last week, but it calls attention to the need for beach parking and proper sidewalks in the area which this blog has also been calling for, also to no avail. Again, government has been contributing to the problem by doing what Sandolo was trying to do at the other end of the beach - only difference being (as pictured below) the government's barrier is permanent. The holes are still in front of Sandolo and they can re-setup the wooden posts and run the chain in a few minutes.
|Government's permanent parking barrier at northern end of Mullins Beach|
|One of the post-ready holes for the movable parking barrier in front Sandolo|
|Mangrove area near Sandolo which can be filled for parking|
|Controversial "beach garden" should be returned to parking|