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Knock down Bussa too – Preconco

Just over 100 employees of Preconco Limited and three associate companies — CemTile, Duratile Inc and Creative Paving Solutions Inc – today stood in solidarity with Managing Director Mark Maloney in his legal troubles with Town & Country Planning authorities.

Flanked by colleagues, Preconco’s Assistant Financial Controller Kirk Smith told the media this morning that Preconco would no longer be caring for the roundabout at Lears, St Michael.

Town & Country Planning authorities last Friday tore down a hut built by the company in the middle of the roundabout. This development appeared to represent an escalation of a tussle with Maloney that began over a building currently under construction near the Bridgetown Port for Rock Hard Cement, another Maloney-run entity.

Rock Hard Cement was ordered by Town & Country Planning to stop building the cement storage facility because the necessary planning permission was not given. However, Maloney has defied the order and the Department has taken the matter to court. The case was due to be heard for the first time today but was adjourned after it was discovered that the Marshal had not delivered the summons to Maloney.

Claiming victimization after the hut was torn down, Maloney called for Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins to be removed from office, saying: “The man is a law onto himself and he needs to be removed from that office.”

Smith said Maloney’s “emotional and passionate” outburst last Friday following the demolition of the hut was the reaction of a frustrated man who felt victimized by Cummins.

“What you guys heard on Friday when [Maloney] spoke would have been an emotional and passionate entrepreneur who, seeing the work that he and the team put in at the roundabout being torn down on Friday, and clearly being victimized after all the stuff going on with Rock Hard Cement. He is clearly down about it,” he told journalists at Preconco’s office, located a stone’s throw from the Lears Roundabout.

Smith explained that the roundabout was constructed because of “fatal and near fatal accidents” which were occurring in the area. The purpose of the shed, he went on, was to add beautification and market what the group of companies had to offer.

“With every action, there is a consequence and reaction. And no one has thought that in tearing down this building, that there could be a potential job loss as a result,” said Smith.

However, he pointed out that Preconco would integrate the ten employees who worked on maintaining the roundabout into other aspects of its operations, “so they don’t lose out significantly on what they were earning before”.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to take care of that roundabout anymore. And unfortunately that will now have to be an expense for the Crown to undertake,” Smith said.

He questioned “why now” and why, instead of having discussions to thrash out any related issues, “it is just being put in the press that, ‘no, these [permissions] are not being given and projects can’t go forward’”.

Henderson Brathwaite was the project leader on the Preconco roundabout, and played a pivotal role in helping to care for the structure, mainly on weekends.

He dismissed any notion that the hut was preventing motorists from seeing, suggesting that if that was the case, the Bussa statue at the JTC Ramsay Roundabout at Haggatt Hall, St Michael should also be removed.

“Why not Bussa? He is much taller and you can’t see around him,” said an upset Brathwaite. “I am losing a salary,” he added.

Meanwhile, Smith said it was business as usual at the companies, at least for now, adding that they were still trying to get work despite the setbacks.

“We are still pressing ahead but we thought it was critical that we make a stand with our managing director because if these things don’t stop, the impact is just greater than trying to pick at him. You are picking at each one of us that work with him to help bring these projects to reality,” said Smith.

21 Responses to Knock down Bussa too – Preconco

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Mark Cummins, to you, is a law onto himself because he is executing the powers under the Town and Country Planning Act against a building tycoon who feels he can build without planning permission? So Cummins is targeting you for breaking the law and you feel compelled to highlight the need to remove him so your way, which is to build certain constructions without planning permission, and ignore orders to remove dangerous encroachments near the ABC highway, can continue without hindrance and planning permission. Barbados really in a mess and Mark Maloney, you are a very dangerous person.

  2. HardBall June 15, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Wrong is wrong, don’t matter how you try to spin it.
    I am waiting to see the outcome, and if Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins loses his job.
    They made Fat Child stop his operation and he complied.

  3. FDH June 15, 2016 at 6:03 am

    Are we seeing the emergence of a 3rd party here

    There are laws in this country and they need to be enforced. I can see here there are some above the law and will go to all lengths to demonstrate it

  4. Lennox hewitt June 15, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Mark you breaking d law and want people agree with you well if u break d law you pay for it imonly hopemwhen u start fireing your workers there stand behind him or her so .

  5. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2016 at 6:43 am

    “Economic Power , Political power, one holds one without quickly gaining the other”.
    If it was a “small-black-man” doing what Mr. Maloney is doing , all thing will be put in place for his court hearing and matters dealt with ASAP.

  6. Alex Alleyne June 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Next, he would us his master stroke by sending home workers and blame it on Mr. Cummings. Then it will put some Politician in the hot seat.

  7. Carson C Cadogan June 15, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I agree .

  8. Carson C Cadogan June 15, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I am delighted to see the support being given to Mark who is being targeted by the TCP, The Barbados Labour Party and Arawak Cement company. He must be given our 100% support. Success in Barbados must not be made a crime here in Barbados.

    And the workers are right why take down the hut and leave up Bussa, what is good for the goose is good for the Gander. Bussa must be taken down as well. It is serving no useful purpose and I doubt that it had Planning permission.

    The news media needs to investigate this matter as well.

    • HardBall June 15, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Was the chattel house erected on land belonging to Maloney??
      I am sure Bussa was erected on land belonging to the crown.

      Maloney is wrong, plain and simple.

      Remove Bussa what, a big STUPSE.

  9. harry turnover June 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

    All one has to do is to walk around Bim and see the number of NEW houses and some converted from wood to wall which DO NOT CONFORM to Town and Country planning regulations …BUT…still have the STAMP OF APPROVAL on their documents….BUT …everybody who wants to make an improvement on their homes KNOWS ” WHA GOING ON ”
    Sometime ago that ” STAMP OF APPROVAL” stamp went missing in that Department.I wonder if anyone was ever disciplined for that ? maybe the stamp was lost and then found.

    • HardBall June 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

      “YES!! …Mark Maloney IS breaking the Law”

  10. harry turnover June 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

    @ Carson C. Cadogan……don’t you know that Bussa is a PUBLIC SCULPTURE erected by Karl Broodhagen for the Government of Barbados at the time ?? if the Town and Country Planning Department is under the wings of the PM you want to tell me that the PM had to get permission from the TCPD ?
    They obviously had discussions ,but by now you should know that the PM can OVER RULE ANY DECISION taken by the the Chief Town Planner.
    As for Rock Hard cement vs the Chief Town Planner going to Court, Rock Hard Cement will most likely find favor with the Court

  11. chris hill June 15, 2016 at 9:16 am

    always crying “if it was small black man ” so tired of hearing that.

  12. ch June 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    @ harry turnover. Thank you.
    There are infractions of the law as it pertains to buildings/ residences all over Barbados and wrong is wrong whether you’re white, black, poor or rich. Whether you know the ” higher ups” or not.
    You can’t decide you will make an example of a “rich, white man” because it’s suddenly ( politically) correct but leave the “poor, black man” squatting on the water table.
    You can’t allow A, B and C to operate illegal businesses and farms in residential areas without permits and notifications and then block other people who just want to build a house on their own land.
    I really don’t know if Mr. Maloney is right or wrong but, if so, why wait until now to know that?
    He would have to be wrong from the beginning so…who allowed this until now?
    I do know there is no real justice in Barbados until these laws and regulations are applied fairly and without favor to ALL persons.
    I know there will never be justice in Barbados until the office of the chief town planner and other top officials is held to scrutiny, transparency and accountability in all of their dealings.

    • HardBall June 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      As I understand it Preconco was asked to remove the chattel house in 2011, it was only enforced this week.
      The structure and business at the flour mill does not the correct permits.

  13. Menace II Babylon June 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Bunch of house negroes. You compare a statue that is there to remind those that have selective amnesia of emancipation. Emancipation from what??? That statue is to remind us of the unjust inhumane atrocities committed against us a people. It is there to remind us of a pivotal point in history when we had enough, it is there to remind us……. That we have an Akebullan spirit that resonates deep in our DNA. You culture bandits are rude, have no respect to compare this to success. All your money can be traced back to my ancestral lineage and is soiled by blood, rapes, crucifixions, decapitations, hanging, sodomy, peadeophillia, whippings, forced cast rations, pregnant women stomach cut open and mashed under the boots of massa, Buck breaking etc….

    Then Sow has the audacity to call us lazy, where your money come from,you start the race near the end when we are crippled before it starts. Have some respect and don’t compare my history to an advertising illegal gimmic.

    You make sport of us a people, ridicule us a race and then you culture thieves ah chat bout success.

    My ancestors buried in Newton with unmarked graves would not see it the same. Bulldoze Bussa? They say these things as they are unchallenged and the place full of too much guy smileys. He is reserved for Sesame Street.

    things you caucus people committed against my show we did not approve of slavery, to show us a people that we have that rebellious spirit to not be

  14. Menace II Babylon June 15, 2016 at 4:30 pm


  15. Carson C Cadogan June 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    “if the Town and Country Planning Department is under the wings of the PM you want to tell me that the PM had to get permission from the TCPD ?”

    I want to know if TCP planning permission was obtained for the erection of the Bussa statute in the middle of a Roundabout blocking the vision of motorists?

    If no planning permission was granted then it must be removed as well.

    what say you Mark?


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