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Out of control!

Maloney calls for Chief Town Planner’s head

The raging public battle between Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins and leading developer Mark Maloney today escalated, as officers and workmen employed by the Town & Country Planning Department, accompanied by police, swooped down on Lears, St Michael, tearing down a section of the “Preconco” roundabout.

It was around 9 a.m. when members of the state-sponsored demolition squad arrived to remove the chattel house structure in the middle of the roundabout, which, in addition to bearing the trademarks of other Maloney associated enterprises, has also been the subject of an enforcement notice issued by the Chief Town Planner since 2011.

Mark Maloney & Mark Cummins

Mark Maloney & Mark Cummins

However, by noon today the ‘offending’ structure was destroyed and carted away, leaving in its wake, a shattered beautification project and an obviously infuriated Maloney, who bitterly cried victimization over the unexpected and unwelcomed shot across the bow.

“Drive around all the other roundabouts in Barbados and look at what those roundabouts are, with all these different structures and all of that all around, because we did a whole case on it; and look at that Preconco roundabout that was there, how beautiful it is, how we improved that whole junction and that was a junction where people got killed and that is what the Town Planning Department has sought to do to try to discredit us. What a bunch of shameless, shameless [people]! Destroying this country at every simple opportunity because they don’t like this person or that person. Victimization to the highest order,’ he said.

It was around 9 a.m. when members of the state-sponsored demolition squad arrived at Lears, St Michael this morning to remove the chattel house structure in the middle of the roundabout.

It was around 9 a.m. when members of the state-sponsored demolition squad arrived at Lears, St Michael yesterday to remove the chattel house structure in the middle of the roundabout.

“We don’t live in a democracy at all; we live in a place where people that seem to want to progress and succeed are frowned upon. Success is not praised in this country, success is frowned upon. And people that are doing things to make a difference are frowned upon – you are getting too big, you are getting too powerful, you are getting too rich, all of those things,” charged Maloney.

“The man is a law onto himself and he needs to be removed from that office. Quote me on that,” said an upset Maloney in reference to his planning namesake.

Contending that he was not the only businessman in Barbados who had been made to suffer at the order of the Chief Town Planner, Maloney called on his private sector colleagues to speak up.

“He has been in that office too long. He is too powerful and he needs to be removed from that office,” he insisted.

‘I don’t care if I don’t ever do any more development in this country, it doesn’t matter to me. I can leave Barbados and go somewhere else. [However], he is a law onto himself and he is stopping development in this country . . . and he is victimizing me now. I am being victimized. It is clear,” a visibly frustrated and upset Maloney told Barbados TODAY.

The businessman, who on Tuesday was served with court action by Cummins over his cement operation at Spring Garden, St Michael, revealed that he had also filed a legal suit against the Chief Town Planner on Monday, in another twist to the Rock Hard Cement controversy.

While insisting that enough is enough, Maloney went on to accuse the Chief Town Planner of seeking to jeopardize his Coverley, Christ Church project by refusing to issue any more compliance certificates — effectively barring him from selling any more houses there.

“This happened two weeks ago, so we can’t sell any more houses because we haven’t discharged a condition on the gas station [at Coverley],” the developer said.

“[However], we can’t discharge the condition until we get the permission from Town Planning, but they haven’t given the permission and we have been trying to get the permission for a year and a half,” he said, describing the present Coverley predicament as a “checkmated” situation.

In relation to Coverley, he also made it clear that “we have never been asked to remove any gas station or anything”.

“The gas station has permission subject to conditions,” the developer insisted, pointing out that in keeping with concerns raised by the Town Planner, a number of houses which were constructed in close proximity to the Coverley petrol station were unoccupied.

Yet, he said, the Town Planner was refusing to give the desired permission and demanded to know why his businesses were being targeted.

“Why all of a sudden the Preconco roundabout is being pushed down today? Why all of a sudden he now stopping Coverley? Why all of a sudden all of this? Because the man is being called out and he doesn’t like being called out for his wrongs; and that is why he is doing what he is doing. So everywhere he can now probe at what I’m doing and try to stop it and push down the roundabout,” Maloney suggested.

Asked to respond to concerns that he had been acting like a law unto himself in relation of the Rock Hard Cement controversy, Maloney said: “I have acted within what the law allows me to do and I will continue to do so.”

He also defended recent statements made by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in relation to the matter, saying he clearly understood the Prime Minister to be saying that he supported the Town Planner against those who were breaking the law.

However, Maloney insisted that he was no law breaker, while criticizing the Town Planner for not going after the people who were doing wrong as he sought to identify a number of developments, which he said have occurred without planning permission, some of which have been granted retention orders.

“The Devil is at work and the Devil gine deal with the people that want the Devil”, Maloney said, stressing he was no villain.

However, he voiced concern over an “evolutionistic approach” to dealing with things in Barbados, warning that “when investors don’t come here because I speak up, then Barbadians would suffer. The lives that Barbadians want to live, they will not get the opportunity to live.

“I don’t care, they can say I’m a so and so and I’m a this and I’m a all kind of things. It doesn’t matter to me because I know who I am. I know I’m an honest, decent, hard-working person that wants the best for every person in Barbados and this here got to stop, has to stop. But it ain’t gine stop til someone takes drastic action.”

In the meantime, Maloney said he would remain focused on running his business until the court suggested otherwise.

20 Responses to Out of control!

  1. Abeda Adam
    Abeda Adam June 11, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Big man name Parris as one of your directors and you gone clear.. Froon publicly say that the is his friend.. pal.. buddy

  2. jrsmith June 11, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Why do Barbados have a government , why they are ministers, where would the person to deal with this matter be . this matter is getting out of hand and need to be resolved.

    We suppose to be an educated nation we have become a laughing stock , everything in our island is rum shop low level behaviour any government department seems to managed by people not suited, this is not the first time we see hear or read about the child like behaviour ..

    I am not taking any side in this matter ,what I want to see is responsible behaviour from the so call people who are in position as management for (Barbados LTD) I am reflecting on the past ..
    I am very very concern that our island is becoming a political party democracy, its happens if you are part of the party in power. people are cutting off the nose to definitely spoil the face

    Would I be wrong to say it seems as though lots of people in Barbados is trying to put our island on a war footing, nothing seems to bear sensible response from anyone at any level at all…
    I always say Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans. a lot thats said by (Mr, Maloney ) is food for though and is very worrying…

  3. BaJan boy June 11, 2016 at 6:26 am

    That is a bare red herring to cover all the others. Just want to appear as if they are really doing something agains the wonder boy. The verge is still on the highway at Coverley. The project is still proceeding in the city. The gas station is still operating. The drive on at Coverley is still too short. Freundel will eventually make it look as if he is really taking action as we draw closer to election. Maloney should be in Hollywood and further more with almost half a billion since this government came to office he can live anywhere. We can’t even eat farless move.

  4. The Negrocrat June 11, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Every official don’t take bribes.

  5. harry turnover June 11, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Mark Maloney is absolutely correct. Walk around Barbados and see the amount of NEW houses built LESS THAN SIX FEET from the owners’ boundary line.
    One such property near the Globe was built ( renovated from wood to wall ) with LESS THAN SIX FEET separating it from the adjacent property when as I said above he should have gone back SIX FEET from HIS boundary line.,and the thing is …IT WAS APPROVED.
    Another person was told that he had to go back 6 feet from the sides and 20 feet from the centre of the road if he wants to do the SAME thing.

  6. Kevin June 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Unfair tho. Bussa statue in a roundabout int different than that little hut

  7. eddy murray June 11, 2016 at 9:31 am

    It fall right at the PM feet so he trying to side step it

  8. Carson C Cadogan June 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

    It is a sin to be successful in Barbados, especially if you are WHITE.

    • Peter Thompson June 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

      It’s a sin if you are a white supremacist… if you think that you can get away with anything because you are white and wealthy.

  9. recoanthony June 11, 2016 at 11:22 am


  10. Ormond Mayers June 11, 2016 at 11:53 am

    You are talking rubbish Mark Maloney. The Town Planner don’t want removing from office. You need to work within and
    respect the law. If you are, the Town Planner can’t take
    action against you. You are trying to use your business development to get sympathy.

  11. Sherlock Holmes. June 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Bajan Boy you just would not cease and desist from casting aspersions on the characters of people in this forum,it is time this media outlet take a serious look at what you post here and moderate you when necessary, you are going to find yourself in a position that you will not appreciate if you do not use the little commonsense that you seem to have.

  12. Sherlock Holmes. June 11, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Maloney obey the laws of the country and stop making a fool of yourself, when you start wrong expect to end wrong,good intentions are sometimes lost by egotistical and bullish attitudes.

  13. BaJan boy June 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    @Sherlock Holmes you want to be one of the new found lackey but think again. I am a law abiding citizen who is watching this country go down the gutter and people getting poorer and a group of so called wild boys who don’t care less are sitting and allow 7 white to run this country and full them and the politicians guts at the expense of of our poor and almost dying people many of who cannot even afford medication. Even if I was enjoying the fatted calf like you I would cry out. So expect me to hold up I will never defame and as u can see I might have the same senses as u but sure far more intelligence…

  14. Don Morris June 11, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Nobdody should be above the law; NO BODY! Unfortunately, when you can “scratch the right back” using a few “Sir Grantley’s” you can do anything and break any law!

  15. Coralita June 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    The plot thickens!!!

    This is not the end, but the beginning of things to come. Somebody gine end up being sorry for causing Mark Maloney so much distress. He is in business, but not alone.

    I am waiting with bated breath.

  16. Sherlock Holmes. June 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Bajan Boy yes you are,far more intelligence, do you read what you post and claim to be intelligent? My word, i am glad that you are far more intelligence than i am,laugh out loud.

  17. dave June 12, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Bajan Boy -Keep speaking the truth !
    MANY PEOPLE WILL FIGHT YOU DOWN WHEN YOU SEE JAH LIGHT- But if you are not wrong . everything is alright -Bob Marley . Exodus -Movement of Jah People

  18. Donna June 12, 2016 at 6:50 am

    And the award for Best Actor in a Barbados Election-time Farce is ……….. ???????


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