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Lot a dumping ground

Maria Bradshaw

Lot a dumping ground

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A?small?lot separates neighbours Denis Robinson and Emfield Barnett but it has led to a huge fracture between their two families.
Barnett, a Barbadian who spends time between here and Canada, is hopping mad because Robinson’s sons, who operated a business renting construction equipment, have left several pieces of equipment, including mixers, on the vacant lot.
Still in the process of completing his home, Barnett said he felt as if he was living next to a dump.
He said he had contacted the owner of the lot who lives overseas. “When I?told him about all of this old equipment on his land he told me to send him pictures which I did and he said that he had instructed his lawyer to send a letter to the Robinsons asking that the equipment be removed.”
Barnett, who explained that he was also negotiating with the landowner to purchase the lot, pulled a copy of the Health Act which he purchased for $30 and said the old equipment on the lot was a health hazard since it was attracting cockroaches and vermin.
“I went to the Ministry of Health to complain about this and they agreed that it was wrong but up to now nobody has done anything,” he stated, pointing out that in Canada the laws were very strict about situations such as this.
He also complained that one of the Robinson sons who lived opposite his home had parked a truck on the land just about three feet away from his house and everyday the truck would be left to idle for several minutes.
“The fumes come into my house and I suffer with sinuses so it affects me badly. I?believe he is doing it deliberately and when I call the police all he is telling them that he just put in a new battery and he has to let the engine run so that the battery does not die.
“The police told me that they could not do anything about it but when I researched the law he is creating a nuisance.”
However, Denis Robinson, the mother of the two men who operate the business, said her sons had received permission from the landowner to put the equipment on the land. She said the equipment had to be repaired and then it would be removed.
Calling Barnett a “destructive neighbour”, she said that he never approached her sons about moving the equipment.
“He called the police on my son three times because the boy turn on the engine on the truck. Why would he call the police and not go and talk to my son if he had a problem? And now he call THE NATION complaining about the land. He has never come to me and said the equipment was bothering him. He just come out here and he wants to behave as if he owns the land,” she stated.
When contacted, her son Anthony also expressed surprise that a complaint had been made to this newspaper about the equipment on the land. “The first thing he should do is to speak to me before he goes to THE NATION,” he stated.
However, Barnett, who maintained that he was living next to a dump, said the family should know better than to leave the land in that state.
“I have several friends in Canada who I have invited to Barbados. What are they going to think about this country when they come here and see a dump next door to my house. This is disgraceful and a health hazard. The law is there to deal with it and the authorities need to come out here and deal with it,” he stated.