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”.

Kerrie Symmonds
Kerrie Symmonds

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.

9 Responses to Time to rein in Stuart – Symmonds

  1. Carson C Cadogan May 25, 2016 at 10:27 am

    All lies.

  2. Mac10 May 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    There’s an “S” missing int e third word of the headline!

  3. jrsmith May 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    You get what you accept, do you think our politicians is any good at managing a grave yard..

  4. miche May 26, 2016 at 12:42 am

    They attacked policies,that failed,they attacked projects,that failed,they tried to get the teachers,customs and immigration,and water authority to destabilize the country,that failed,they tried a march,that failed,they tried a no confidence motion,that backfired,,now they are attacking individuals,hoping that they would do like one member\was accused of,on a pasture in st George one election day, that too will fail..

  5. dave May 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Yeah ! continue doing me; I will soon do you

  6. dave May 26, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Yeah ! continue doing me; I will soon do you
    When are you going to allow freedom of expression
    When are you going to stop the suppression
    of truth. Do you know that you can but you cannot hide

  7. dave May 26, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Could have save some time . Vision is definitely absent . There is no so blind than she who does not see. A word to the wise ! Stop messing with the work of the Visionaries. Stop trying to suppress . oppress and detest the truth . Trust me !!

  8. jrsmith May 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

    What is required of ( Mr, Kerrie Simonds ) to play his part as to be an honest and trustworthy politician, to further the call by bajans asking for justice as to the printed reports by the .Audit General of the political corrupt fraudulent behaviour of the (Democratic Party Government ) and he should now tell the people what his party will do for justice to our people….

    Will it be made clear that if there was a general election tomorrow and his party won the election, that they will go after investigating and possible prosecution of the people who has raped the Barbados treasury…

  9. jrsmith May 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Why our Bajan people is not hearing anything from the Priminister and his government….as to the (Audit General )report…


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