Call to debush old folks home
HOURS AFTER 83-year-old Colleen Jackman of Harmony Hall, St Philip, was brutally beaten and robbed, a concerned resident of Niles Road, Ellerton, St George, made a call for the clearing of an “overgrown pathway” in that district since it was close to the home of an elderly couple.
On Monday, a resident who did not want to be identified, said the house occupied by 86-year-old Leslie Miller and his 78-year-old wife, who is blind, was partially hidden by the overgrown bush.
“The bush growing into their gallery and the two of them live alone. Sometimes it goes into the windows of the house, so anybody could hide in that bush and pull the door and walk into the house any time,” the resident said while adding that if the owner of the land wanted to keep the hedge they should at least keep it low.
When the WEEKEND NATION visited the area, the Millers said they did not know who had called to bring their situation to light, but they were thankful as they wanted the bush cleared.
“Anyone liable to attack you day or night. I would like the bush clean up from round my place, it is too tall,” Leslie said.
He added that he has spoken many times to his neighbour, Marcia Sobers, about the situation and she cuts off some.
Sobers said: “I does cut it when I get the chance. To be honest, I don’t like to see it have Mr Miller’s window blocked off, but we had a lot of rain and I did not get to cut it.” (LK)
And there is a feeling of excitement and eager anticipation among many of them following major upgrades.
The official start of the winter tourist season is December 15 and some hotels are going down to the wire as they ensure all is in place for a glitzy opening.
The Elegant Hotel group bought Treasure Beach Hotel in May rebranding it Treasure Beach by Elegant Hotels. At first look, it appears there is still much work to be done but group operations director Gayle Talma assured it would be done in time.
“We have 15 contractors on site to transform the 35-suite hotel into an eclectic, adult only hotel focussing on art and epicurean experiences. The guys are working hard and we will be ready.”
Talma said the $5 million renovation included many new innovations for the group and they have already been receiving “great” feedback.
“This is a new concept for us and only our second adult only hotel. I think there is always room to diversify your product and due to the size and intimacy of Treasure Beach, it is geared to couples. This property should also appeal to the ‘foodies’
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seeking an epicurean experience that is less ‘hotel’ and more tailored to accommodate the unique and sophisticated palettes and flavours of the Caribbean.
“Art is [also] seen as an important element within the property and we are drawing on the local art community for the sourcing of signature pieces for both the rooms and public areas that will complement the contemporary Bohemian theme of the public areas,” she said.
In addition to Treasure Beach, Talma said the Elegant Group had also embarked on renovations to the tune of $2 million to nearby The House, its first adult only resort. The lobby, and buffet area are getting a facelift and a spa is being added.
On the South Coast, Divi Southwinds in St Lawrence, Christ Church, has renovated the entire “A” block, a measure which is just the first step for this property.
“We have been running at about half of our 133 room capacity, but we [have] started taking more guests. We started the work in June and we are trying to complete it all by the end of [the] week,” said general manager Alvin Jemmott.
The veteran hotelier said the work included replacing furniture, furnishings and appliances; replacing the bathtubs with showers and repainting the interior as well as installing corridor lights and ceiling fans, adding it was not over yet.
“We actually have to pause the work so we can deal with the anticipated busy winter intake but as soon as that is over we will continue with the other blocks,” he promised.
As for this anticipated winter intake, Jemmott, who is also the chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., said they had predictions of up to 100 per cent capacity based on the trends of current bookings. He also spoke on why he thought it was so important for the hotel industry to renovate from time to time.
“Tourism has been on the increase for the last couple of years and the projections are for a continuous increase but the one thing we have heard is the need for us to refresh our product. We all recognise the importance of staying current and fresh,” he said.
Keeping on the South Coast, the WEEKEND NATION also visited Bougainvillea Beach Resort at Maxwell, which was in the final stages of renovation. It is set to