Vision for The Pine
Describing the Pine Housing Area in St Michael as the closest thing Barbados has to a favela, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has questioned whether the time has not come to look at reducing population densities in the island’s housing estates.
Mottley made the comments as she addressed the stakeholder consultation yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, on the reform of the Town and Country Planning Act.
“When I go through some of those areas and I think particularly of the Pine, it is the closest thing to a favela [Brazilian slum] that we will see in this country. And the irony of it is that it looks over the valley, straight at Ilaro Court,” Mottley said.
“So we have an urgent obligation to do right by our people both in terms of density and functionality and aesthetics, and with respect to our houses,” the prime minister said. (HLE)
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