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What's Trending: Historic homes falling apart

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 13 August 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Today, separate calls have been made to save two homes of historic value. One home is Clifton, at No 1, Clifton Terrace, Bay Street, St Michael. The home, with the distinctive awnings, wooden fret work and iron railings is slowing falling apart. Owner Vashti Hinds says she and her husband can no longer afford its upkeep. The other is Bostonville, the childhood home of 1960s West Indies cricket captain Sir Frank Worrell. Among those appealing to save the property is businessman and former cricketer Rawle Brancker. Online readers shared their views on both homes. On Clifton:   Stuart Gourley: There seems to be a disconnect in Barbados. So much to be done but you don’t let foreigners do it – all the incomplete homes, so much land going to waste. Put them up for auction. Let us pay taxes. Watch the economy turn around with foreign investment. Let retired people bring their pension to the island and watch what happens. Jimmy Alexander: We don’t care about History here. Angela Gray: Please don’t let yet another property go the same route as Sam Lords Castle. Sonia Alexis Neil: Everything falling apart in Barbados these days. Louise Due Kjøller: I can’t seem to understand you’ll buy a beautiful property like this one... and not expect to maintain it? Now others have to pay for the fixing of this house... and what about after it’s fixed ? Will it be sold and who gets the profit? Hopefully the community. DjRobbi Walcott: Every year we see a story written on this. People think it will up keep itself? Kezi Wezi: You all know that this is private property right? The owners can do what they want. On Bostonville: Princess Tiny Neferua: Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t this home come under the National Trust list? Which was founded in 1960 and works to preserve and protect the natural and artistic heritage of Barbados and to increase public awareness of Barbados’ historic and architectural treasures… It should have been made a place of interest so that the tourists can come visit it and even schools children, but as usual, we Bajans always wait until the horse has bolted to close the barn door. We care about nothing, that is why we lose everything. Hazeline Goddard Ross: Does government really have to do this? What is wrong with a group of business persons, including the said Rawle Brancker getting together and taking this on as a national project? This “government doing everything mentality” needs to stop. Peter R Rock: It want pushing down. Wayne P Hoyte: Why can’t the businessman rescue it himself? Stefan Walcott: Barbados has so many properties in disrepair.    

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