Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
The proposed go-kart track/amusement complex development for the upscale Barbican community appears to be on a collision course with several high-profile residents of the high-priced residential communities, who have vowed to take the matter to court if necessary.
While Wayne Gregory and his planning team are racing ahead with the $10-million development, the journey promises to be a bumpy ride as the residents are vowing they will have none of it.
It was brought to The Gleaner's attention that some top-flight Jamaican professionals in both the public and private sectors are throwing their weight against the planned move to bring a way of life that they say is alien to their community.
The Gleaner was shown a petition, which was signed by several high-level professionals that was still making the rounds yesterday, ahead of a meeting next week aimed at blocking the development.
The petition - signed by residents of Hibiscus Avenue, Bronx Avenue, Halifax Avenue, Lower Jacks Hill, Birdsucker Avenue, Lower Paddington - lists as concerns noise pollution, detrimental to the peaceful enjoyment of properties, reduction in the value of properties and further traffic congestion in the broader Barbican community.
The residents are enjoying the support of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), which has sent a letter to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA).
GROUNDS FOR OBJECTING
The correspondence stated in part that JET was objecting to the proposal on the grounds of noise pollution, potential traffic implications, and potential hazards, which may arise from the development.
The Gleaner also obtained a copy of what was termed the Barbican Go-Kart Track Complex Project and Proposal Design that is under attack by the residents.
A brief obtained by The Gleaner on the project, to be located at 29 East Kings House Road, suggested there would be no let-up on amusement activities at the proposed complex.
It proposed that the karting track would be opened at noon from Mondays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays.
The project brief also indicated that the karts would be located in the pit area of the track, with one person per kart being the capacity, with a total of between 10 and 12 karts being on the track at any one time.
It proposes that the race format would vary, with a basic race comprised of a total of three laps with duration of five minutes in total.
"We expect 30 patrons per day at the track and there will be adequate bathroom facilities to accommodate over 60 person per day," states the project brief. "Our staff complement should not exceed 30 team members."
The plans are to make available six bathroom stalls on site.
"The sewage system will be connected directly to the public main and water will be supplied by the NWC (National Water Commission) main."
Yesterday, The Gleaner was unable to contact Gregory for comment.
But residents say they will be putting forward at next week's meeting that they will not be able to rest with the 12-hour-per--day activity that is envisaged.
"We have serious concerns about expected noise and its impact on property value, quality and productivity," said one of the residents who initiated the petition.
"The radius is so extensive that it will be disturbing at nights."