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What's Trending: Beach bummer

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 09 May 2014


The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Residents of Storehouse Gap, St James have seen their street reduced to one lane as people going to the nearby beach at The Garden, have been parking alongside the road. The level of frustration is mounting as they try to manoeuvre with on-coming traffic. Visitors continue to ignore two ‘no parking’ signs on their way to the beach. Vacant land nearby, which was used to ease the parking pressure, has since been blocked by owners. Residents say attempts to get the matter resolved through the Police Force and MTW have been to no avail. Click this link to read the full story. Here are some of the views on the matter. Wendy Odle-Harvey: Great income revenue before your eyes people. The owner of the spots converts them to parking spaces. Hire a parking lot attendant. Everybody gains. The owner making money, the beach goers can park safe, and one or two young people gain employment. Think people, think and stop being critical. Helen Ellis Carmichael: Put double yellow lines along the stretch of road involved which in the UK means ‘no parking’ at least then the Brits wouldn’t park there. Dawn Taylor Harper: I lived in this area for eight years and the problem is not as bad as its being made out to be. Those two empty lots used to ease the situation until the owners decided to fence them in. If they had business sense they could convert them to parking lots until they were ready to build on them and make some money. Also the SDA Church is a much bigger nuisance – when funerals and functions are held there the entire neighbourhood is blocked making it very difficult for residents to get to and from their homes. Les Carr: The fact is there is a public access to beach in the area and a reasonable expectation is that people would use it. It is also a gorgeous sight to behold the waters that gently kiss the shores there. The traffic to the area has indeed grown as a more mobile population seek out the nicer things in life. No need to want to crucify anyone but the government first and foremost needs to either create an opportunity or establish facilities in or near the area. Hospitality is our business, no need to rush to hostility. We need to seek win/win solutions. There should be some room for the Tourism Development Corporation, the NCC in collaboration with private initiate address this matter amicably. Let work together to be the best that we can be. Gina Babb: It is very VERY frustrating! These beach goers continually ignore the TWO NO PARKING signs; which is illegal. Sometimes they even park on both sides of the road. Something MUST be done about this matter. Mario Herbert: That’s what happens when you build up so many concrete structures along your West Coast. How can tourism be our business, and we can’t even park at the beaches (when we can see them) along the calm west coast? You want to blame somebody? Blame successive governments who have sold out the west coast to be a concrete jungle. Stephanie Bishop: Clamp/tow/fine at some point they will get the message. Angela Gray: Leave the car and get a cab – problem solved! Shaunette Babb: Clamping and fining won’t remove an obstruction. If anything, clamping ensures it stays there longer. Towing the vehicles that are illegally parked is the best way to solve the problem. Sharon Woolley: Slap $100 minimum fines, if vehicle is rented the fines go to the hire company and those who rent are liable for any fine not the rental company. Better still get the cars clamped, then they have to make a payment of say $250-300 before they can get clamp removed Mary Lewis: For the folks who live on that street it makes it really DANGEROUS for them to drive in or drive out of that street onto or onto the main road. Ok it generates great income revenue, but please place the safety of the neighbourhood folks first. I come to Barbados with my family and we stay down there on that street and it is scary how the people who park on that street, especially at that corner, don't consider anyone’s safety.


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