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Why me?

Cherry believes he is being targeted

Anderson Cherry, the man behind the new multi-million dollar recycling project at Lears Quarry, Lower Estate, St Michael has accused the Town and Country Planning Department of unfairly targeting him for reprisal.

Cherry, the managing director of Jose Y Jose Liquid and Solid Waste Management Inc opened the recycling project only earlier this month. He said then it would turn green waste into compost and soil mix and he would export all other recyclables.

But just days after opening, Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins told Barbados TODAY no authorization had been given for any such development in the area.

“I can confirm that no planning permission has been given for that operation at Lower Estate. It [the project]was also drawn to the attention of my officers and we are working on it [the report],” Cummins said then.

And last week he warned that Government would move swiftly against the recycling project because it was established in a restricted area and posed a threat to the island’s drinking water supply.

However, in a letter sent today to Barbados TODAY Cherry questioned why the Town and Country Planning Department was looking to put a stop notice on his operations, while similar businesses were left untouched.

He insisted that his project posed no threat.

“I said separating my waste and shipping it off island poses no threat to the water supply. All the waste will be separated
. . . green waste will be turned to compost and soil mix and all recyclables collected will be balled and shipped off island. There will be no threat to the water supply,” he reiterated.

“Why is my initiative so different from any other persons operating a quarry? Is it simply a case because I am separating the waste? There are so many other quarries such as C.O. Williams and Armag who are dumping.”

Cherry also queried why Cummins would move to shut down his business before looking at the Environmental Impact Study which had been done.

He said prior to the start of his project, people were paying to send their recyclables to the Sustainable Barbados Recycling Centre (SBRC), while he was now accepting those same recyclables for free.

In the face of seeing his newly established business closed down, Cherry proposed an alternative solution.

He said he was prepared to relocate the project to either Vaucluse, St Thomas or Greenland, St Andrew, if he received favourable conditions from Government.

Vaucluse, St Thomas has been identified as the location for the controversial Cahill Energy waste-to-energy project, while the landfill is located at Greenland, St Andrew.

“If this quarry is such a problem, and it poses such a threat, would the Government of Barbados be willing to give me a 99-year lease on some of the land at Vaucluse like they have done for SBRC until I am in a position to purchase some of it?” Cherry questioned.

“Or give me Greenland which we believe could save the Government thousands of dollars in maintenance fees instead of having it there idle. Greenland has cost the Government millions and still is an expense to them. We will not use Greenland as a landfill. We will only use it as a separation facility. No waste will remain at Greenland just as no waste will remain at this quarry,” he insisted.

Efforts to reach Cummins for comment proved unsuccessful up to press time.

7 Responses to Why me?

  1. seagul October 1, 2015 at 5:30 am

    This is a for the people by the people, so where are the voices of reason….

  2. jrsmith October 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

    What the hell, isn’t they any decent level of management in Barbados, every time ,every business , every day, its a war zone, every government department seems to be in disarray, when would this crap ends.


    @,Dear, all, would be good to read ,(ROD LIDDLE’S) contribution, page 11 in the (SUN NEWS PAPER ) dated ..01/10/2015 … on the british priminester’s visit to Jamaica.

  3. Patrick Blackman October 1, 2015 at 9:09 am

    In business and as a businessman you should know that there are certain protocols when conducting business, if you feel you are above such and don’t follow them , then this is what happens. Stop blaming others for your stupidity.

  4. Samuel Morrison October 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

    This level of stupidity cannot be explained. Mr. Cherry knows that the development and operation of any business needs to get Town and Country Planning permission. Did he apply for such? Did he receive such permission? It seems that no such permission was given to this business. This disrespect for law, systems and processes must not be allowed to continue. Mr. Cherry is an astute businessman and knows the laws. I therefore think that something else is afoot. Why would he proceed to establish a business in the area without the appropriate permission being given? He needs to stop politicizing these things and work with the regulators. Mia his very good friend should advise him better.

  5. carson c cadogan October 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    You put the Cart before the horse, Cherry boy.

    What did you expect?

    I will also make a pertinent suggestion to you. Change all of your advisers, they are leading you up the garden path, Especially the Lady with the big voice.

  6. seagul October 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Remembering the Honorable Marcus Garvey- The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from ….A luta continua/The struggle continues—ONE.GOD ONE.AIM.ONE DESTINY

  7. Alec Pierre October 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Mr Cherry said his location was no different than other Companies which he cited. If that is really the case and taking into account the horrible stage that this island has reached where garbage disposal is concerned ( my home on Bay Street smells like raw sewerage especially on mornings because of the neglect accorded the Dunlow Lane residents who have my sympathy) why not allow Mr Cherry to proceed with haste whilst Town & Planning deals with the paper work at the usual snail’s pace


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