Time to rein in Stuart – Symmonds
The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is calling on Barbadians to “rein in” Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s approach to governance.
Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds Sunday accused Stuart of adopting a hands-off approach to issues under his direct control, insisting it was time this was “brought to an end”.
To press his case, Symmonds spoke of an island at the entrance to the Villages at Coverley in Christ Church, which remained in place four years after it was ordered removed.
Addressing BLP supporters at a branch meeting in St John, the Opposition parliamentarian also took issue with the Adopt-A-Kilometre project, which he said had employed under 100 Barbadians, approximately one-eighth of the promised number.
“What we are saying is that one of the problems in Barbados that cannot continue to be passed by is that there is a Minister of Town Planning, his name Freundel Stuart, the Prime Minister of the land. And if a blind eye is perceived to be turned to certain things for certain people but when other people in more lowly places in the social stratum are brought under scrutiny there is no blind eye being turned to them, then Barbados will fail.
“And the message that we send is that this approach to governance is completely unacceptable and must be rein in and brought to a halt,” he said.
Reading from a document allegedly signed by Deputy Chief Technical Officer in the Ministry of Transport and Works Cheryl Bennett-Inniss, the Opposition parliamentarian revealed that the ministry had given specific dimensions for the creation of acceleration and deceleration lanes to and from the Villages at Coverley but “these specific dimensions were not followed by the developer.
“These specifications were communicated in the Chief Town Planning level dated September 28, 2011 [and] attached to the developers legal environmental consultant,” he said.
Symmonds indicated that on March 26, 2012, the department issued an enforcement notice, which had apparently been ignored.
The MP for St James Central called on the Ministry of Transport to act decisively to end “the pattern of reinventing the facts”.
“Our response as a ministry must be swift and strong. To do otherwise would send a message that persons can malign the work and professional integrity of public officers and do so without censure,” Symmonds quoted the document as saying.