Wrong mix

DPP finds holes in rock hard cement case

In a move reminiscent of a game of back and forth, the controversial case surrounding the construction of a concrete structure on Spring Garden Highway by the Mark Maloney-owned Rock Hard Cement company is set to be sent back to the Town and Country Planning Office for action.

Barbados TODAY understands that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Charles Leacock, who was asked to determine whether a criminal case should be brought against Rock Hard, is expected to refer the matter back to the town planner tomorrow without having taken a concrete decision.

“The matter should be back with Town Planning by tomorrow evening. They have to do certain things . . . the ball should be back in their court by tomorrow evening,” a source familiar with the situation told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, without providing details.

Rock Hard Cement is constructing the structure near the Flour Mills and within view of the highway to store
its product.    

Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins issued an enforcement notice against the company on Friday, ordering it to cease construction and to demolish the structure. However, a defiant Maloney has ignored the order and is standing firm.

The DPP was not available for comment today. However, the official source said there was no doubt he was passing the case back to Town Planning, which falls under the Prime Minister’s Office.

There were reports that the Town Planning Department had also served an enforcement notice on the Barbados Port Authority (BPA), the landlord of Lots 3 and 7 currently being occupied by the cement company.

However, BPA Chief Executive Officer David Jean Marie told Barbados TODAY that up to this afternoon, no “revised” notices had been served on the statutory agency.

“We have previously been served enforcement and stop notices. We have been informed that revised enforcement and stop notices are to be issued,
but we are not yet formally served,” Jean Marie said.

Asked what action he would take if and when the Authority was formally served, the CEO replied: “We would have to respond. We would have to understand the nature of it and investigate when the notice is given and respond according to the law.”

This is not the first time that Maloney has been accused of engaging in construction work without permission from the Town and Country Planning Office, or of ignoring enforcement notices from the office.

At a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St John constituency branch meeting last weekend, Opposition parliamentarian Kerrie Symmonds accused the businessman of refusing to comply with an order from the Chief Town Planner to remove an island at the entrance to The Villages at Coverley in Christ Church.

Symmonds said then that the order was given four years ago, and wondered why the structure had not been removed.

Maloney, the developers behind the two and three-bedroom housing project, has also come under fire for placing a petrol station in The Villages at Coverley without first obtaining planning permission.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

9 Responses to Wrong mix

  1. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid May 27, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I got to love Barbados, when you white and got mad money you are above the law ,just look around and see one shoot he son get to go sailing, now another say he putting down he building come hell or high water and nobody ain’t going to touch he ,I love my home we got another one making mad money at a recycling plant garbage could come or don’t come he money safe only bout here well well well DEMS NOW ,DEMS NEVER AGAIN

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  2. Devonte MCcollin
    Devonte MCcollin May 27, 2016 at 2:00 am

    YET WHEN YOU’RE POOR AND BLACK DEM DOES COME WITH BULLDOZERS AND POLICE AND RIP DOWN YOUR PLACE!!! STUUUPSE!

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  3. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien May 27, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Rats in the cement or hand me the bucket? I am trying to remember the theme song for that great movie ” The Untouchables “…ah the thoughts that come to an idle mind ..or is it the idle thoughts that come to mind???

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  4. chris hill May 27, 2016 at 6:53 am

    well this just goes to show that the authorities dont have a clue how to deal with the rich and arrogant weather black or white. Maloney has given them alot of heavy lifting and neither the DPP and TCP have the balls to pursue true justice in this matter.

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  5. Sue Donym May 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Maybe Town Planning made a procedural error or omission. But with Town Planning and our famed court system on the job, this could take years.

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  6. jrsmith May 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    As I always say the 1% who is favoured and is called them, do what they please but is always eager to exert some shame on certain people ,when they step out of line as like the Town Planning.. Oh its great when the same dog you protect and feed turns around and bite you on your ass…in public..

    The day will come when the people who protect certain people in this here Barbados is going to be exposed ,because they themselves is going to need protection…

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  7. Carson C Cadogan May 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I am still trying to find out what all the fuss is about.

    As far as I can see this is Nothing but Barbados Labour Party mischief making.

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  8. eddy murray May 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    It is port land and the port have the right to, to lease it to who ever gave the money to finish pier #5 when the money run out. You scratch my back I scratch yours.

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  9. recoanthony May 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    C C C U ARE AH REAL IDIOT, OTHER STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN KNOCK DOWN BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT AH MM OR DS OR CW,BW CAUSE BIM HAS 2 LAWS HERE, M & P. THIS IS PLAIN AN SIMPLE M M FEELS HE ABOVE THE LAW AN HE HAS MANY PEOPLE IN E BACK POCKET. AS NAKED DEPARTURE CALL WANN (DE NEW WHITE ……. IN PARLIAMENT) SO NONE OF THEM DN’T WANT TO HANDLE DE HOT POTATO HAHAHAHAHA, NOT EVEN DE ONE IN GUYANA(FROOMS) SO WE WILL SEE IF T C P HAVE DE BALLS TO ORDER IT LICK DOWN.

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