Premier backs Brac paving

Although
the ministry responsible for the recent paving of roads and parking lots in parts of Cayman Brac has refused to answer any questions about it,
Premier McKeeva Bush said Tuesday night that he saw no problem with the
government paving sections of private property there.

Some
residents of Cayman Brac have privately asked for some time why public
resources and equipment were being used to pave private car parks while many of
the Island’s public roads remain unpaved.

Opposition
Leader Alden McLaughlin also said concerns about the private property
paving in the Brac were brought to his attention.  

Premier
Bush said Tuesday night during a political meeting in George Town that he didn’t
see a major issue with the paving.

“[Deputy
Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly] has done a tremendous amount of work for
Cayman Brac,” Mr. Bush told an audience of more than 200 gathered outside the
courthouse. “Now, they are cursing and trying to make a game…of her fixing
somebody’s driveway or fixing the church [parking lot].

“They’re
cursing her right now about building roads. We have in Cayman been assisting
people, but that’s the least we can do…when you pay your money for your cars,
import duty and annual fees…is to do something to your driveway or road that
was leading to your house.

“We
have been doing that for years, so it is not that strange.”

Mr.
Bush said paving public streets outside homes may cause flooding problems in
driveways that come off the road if those areas are not repaved at the time the
road is done.

“The
road keeps getting higher, your piece of property keeps getting lower. It
behooves government to fix that drop off at times,” he said.

Mr. McLaughlin said he questioned the need, in light of the current
budget situation, for government to be paving roads anywhere.

“To
go further and actually use [public money] to improve parking lots and driveways of private
individuals and private institutions is not just wrong, but it is hugely unwise
in these times,” the opposition leader told the Caymanian Compass last week.  

Mr.
Bush said Mrs. O’Connor Connolly, who is a Cayman Brac representative as well
as Minister of Works, should “keep her head high” in the face of such
criticism.

Please
see more on this story in upcoming editions of the Caymanian Compass…

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Some residents of Cayman Brac have privately asked for some time why public resources and equipment were being used to pave private car parks while many of the Island’s public roads remain unpaved.

    If they would just pledge their support (vote) they could have their driveway done too!

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  2. Ha ha ha !

    I’ve got to crack up laughing when I read some of McKeeva Bush’s statements before political crowds and imagine his way of saying what he does.

    What is termed political corruption in other countries is very normal for Cayman, according to him.

    And you know what ?

    He’s absolutely correct !

    We politicans bin payvin people yard n drivways fa votes fa years now.

    Wha ya takin ’bout corruption ?!

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  3. I sit and listen in constant awe with the way this man does business for his country and then trys to justify it. Does he think we are all idiots or maybe he thinks we should accept what he says and does as being for the betterment of this country. It absolutely amazes me that this man was even elected and even has a chance of being elected again. I cant believe that this nation has tolerated what he does. He will lead the lambs to the slaughter and will solve his fiscal problems by does as he has done in the past by taking it from the people who are keeping the country going anyway. In other parts of the worls, there are uprisings and revolts against this type of governance.Enough is enough and its time for people to strip themselves of their political clothing and put on new stuff clad in objective intelligence. And no doubt, my comments will be disagreed with by the political people of this country who vote with their heart and not their brains.
    This man has to go and none too soon.

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  4. This is simply vote-buying. At least, as far as we know, they are not burying anything under all this paving.
    The UK Government must enquire urgently why this is allowed when Cayman is in dire financial straits, cannot pay its current bills let alone pay off its loans, and will soon be unable to borrow yet more to keep afloat.
    Who would have thought Cayman would descend to this level of small island corruption and disgrace? Well, sadly, some of us saw the signs many years ago.

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  5. I had to do a double-read. First he’s all Premier McKeeva Bush said Tuesday night that he saw no problem with the government paving sections of private property there , but then he goes and says To go further and actually use public money to improve parking lots and driveways of private individuals and private institutions is not just wrong, but it is hugely unwise in these times,

    Mr. Bush, you contradicting yourself.

    Editor’s note: The quote the reader mentions is attributed to Mr. Alden McLaughlin, not the Premier

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  6. As for the story itself; disgusting, grubby, dishonest, rotten. This from the guy who just instructed the govt ministries to save 20m in a few weeks.

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