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Construction mayhem in Barbican

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:06 AM


I have been an owner of property on Salisbury Avenue in Barbican for almost 52 years. This mere 600-yard slip road between Barbican Road and Paddington Terrace has recently been transformed into a concrete jungle with nine enormous apartment complexes varying from two-storey to four-storey monstrosities. Two of these sites have only broken ground within the past month.

This road is already maxed out in terms of Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) regulations with regard to the density per residence per acre, so how is it possible that the KSAMC has granted permits for these two new skyscrapers? The sewer lines that were installed a few years back,are 10 inches wide, with laterals to individual properties being six inches wide. They cannot effectively handle all this new construction, with more coming.

To add insult to injury, these new contractors have not met with property owners who are directly affected, being that they live around the construction sites, and the developers insist on starting operations at 6 a.m. and continue until after 8 p.m. on some days, which includes Sundays. This is a breach of building code regulations and reports to the KSAMC have not been addressed.

This once picturesque, quiet neighbourhood has suddenly been reduced to a muddy, noisy concrete jungle with collapsed roads. Enough is enough! KSAMC, we want action!