Maloney makes exit

No sign of Preconco at roundabout

A week ago, the roundabout at Lears, St Michael bore all the signs of the businesses that were assisting with its upkeep, including the Mark Maloney-owned Preconco Limited.

However, Friday there was not a sign of Preconco or any of its affiliated companies, as the roundabout was stripped of all company markings, including the beautiful plants and flowers that had previously adorned it, which were all systematically removed.

When contacted, Maloney said: “I haven’t a clue about what is going on at the roundabout. Someone may be stealing the plants.”

The Lears roundabout was stripped of all company markings.
The Lears roundabout was stripped of all company markings.

This development is the latest in the ongoing bitter public tussle involving the businessman and Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins, who have recently been at odds over Maloney’s construction of a cement base at Spring Garden, St Michael for another one of his businesses – Rock Hard Cement Limited.

As the two were preparing to fight out that battle in court, the Town Planner last week delivered a shot across the bow to Maloney –– not by tearing down the contentious structure on Spring Garden, but by demolishing a chattel hut in the centre of the Lears roundabout, which had been the subject of a Town Planning order since 2011.

The roundabout before everything was removed.
The roundabout before everything was removed.

In defence of its action, the Town Planning office said the hut was impeding the sight of motorists using the roundabout. However, speaking to reporters here earlier this week, Henderson Brathwaite, who headed Preconco’s maintenance team for the roundabout, argued that if this was the case, the Bussa statue should also be removed.

His position drew the ire of social activist David Comissiong, who said Brathwaite was a “fool” for calling for the removal of the Emancipation Bussa statue at the J.T.C. Ramsay roundabout at Haggatt Hall, St Michael.

“It is tragic that in the year 2016, on our 50th anniversary of Independence, that a citizen of Barbados could be so lacking in intelligence, in self-respect . . . that the would make such a foolish, disgraceful comment. This person has to be profoundly lacking in national pride and racial pride,” Comissiong told Barbados TODAY.

Friday, Brathwaite was determined not to allow Comissiong to have the last say on the matter.

In a text message to the media he said: “Perhaps he [Comissiong] is right that I am a fool, but in this matter calling me foolish is to betray the very principle upon which I thought he stood. Bussa would be ashamed.”

Brathwaite also sought to further explain his position on the Bussa statue, saying all he wanted was for his boss Mark Maloney to be given equal treatment.

“The fight that Bussa led for all slaves in Barbados was one to gain equality. In fact the fight against slavery was at one level simply about treating all people equally. Mr Comissiong has promoted himself for many years as a leader recognizing and celebrating this fight. In fact, he champions the cause of equality as often as he can. So why does he call me a fool when I too, join him in this fight? Does he not see that I am not calling for Bussa to be removed but rather for the Town Planner to treat Mr Maloney equally?” Brathwaite asked.

“Why is it that one group can erect a structure that blocks visibility in a roundabout but another cannot? Is this not the definition of discrimination? I encourage Mr Comissiong to stop calling me names and join me instead in championing the cause for equal treatment for Mr Maloney,” he added. 

Source: (NC)

11 Responses to Maloney makes exit

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 18, 2016 at 2:54 am

    I am going to play devil’s advocate here. Let us say that Mark Maloney has been ignoring the laws of the land and doing as he pleased regarding constructing things without planning permission. We know instantly that that is a violation and subject to whatever regulations enforced.

    Now let us say that the Chief Town Planner has a duty to effect any legal action against structures built without planning approval. After all, if you do not seek approval, then you are asking for an act of removal. That is as clear as crystal. But, what is not clear is the action of the chief town planner after 1825 days (excluding leap years) from the date of the order was forwarded to Mark Maloney construction firm.

    However, what has been achieved by the town planner in knocking down this particular hut in the centre of the roundabout after five years or more in existence? Could Maloney not simply be served with a monetary penalty for violating the rules of the Town and Country Planning act and let the structure remain? I mean if the order for the structure’s removal were an enforcement notice given in 2011, I would think that 2011 or early 2012, the Chief Town Planner had the legal right to remove the structure without fear of reprisal or repercussion. So why did it take so long?

    I see two wrongs here that are not adding up to any right.

    1. Mark Maloney was wrong to violate the building rules of the land and
    2. The length of time it took the Chief Town Planner to remove a structure that he could have let remain and just impose a fine (if he could) on Mark Maloney’s defiance.

    Now the roundabout is the victim in all of this because its beauty will no longer be present because of the decisions of Mark Maloney and the Chief Town Planner..

  2. seagul June 18, 2016 at 5:04 am

    There is too much contradiction haunting our political policy. Let’s get our economy moving in accordance with our laws and regulations. It’s time to move on–direct democracy…CH.

  3. Alex Alleyne June 18, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Economic Power , Political Power, few held one without quickly gaining the other.
    What about the “suicidal strip” that in the road going to the GAIA ???. That must go ASAP.

  4. david gibbs June 18, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Perhaps David Comissiong just has to accept that discrimination in 2016 is not a simple black against white or rich against poor issue. In any case I think the response by Mr. Braithwaite was excellent. Rather than heightening the tension by merely resorting to name calling he showed the flaws and the irony in David Comissiong response and reminded him that they are essentially fighting the same battle. Whether one agrees with Mr. Brathwaite’s claims or not, I like his approach. More public commentators should model this approach

  5. Bernard Codrington. June 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

    When pride comes before industry it is a virtue. When it comes before a fall ,it is Hubris. Did not the Right Excellent Errol Barrow warned us of this? Lawlessness is Lawlessness regardless of the colour of the perpetrators’ skin or his class.

  6. Bernard Codrington. June 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I am touch typing so excuse the errors of spelling and syntax, They are obvious.

  7. Honest June 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    The removal of the hut was a warning- a precursor of more demolitions. I understand that Mr Maloney is a businessman, but, weren’t those poor blacks who have had in numerous structures demolished(shops etc) also businessmen? Mark Maloney has to follow the proper procedures just like anyone else. The system is archaic and antiquated, the length of time protracted.
    I also take into consideration that Maloney has employed several Barbadians. The system has to change and updated, but the law is the law, Mr. Maloney.

    David Comissiong is correct in calling Mr. Brathwaite a fool. how dare he compare Bussa’s statue to that of a hut on a roundabout.

  8. clint June 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    As the elders of yesteryear would say, “Be careful the baby isn’t thrown out with the bath water.” Either the rule of law is applicable for everyone or it is not. If it is, then Mr. Brathwaite is correct in pointing out any structure at any roundabout that possesses the same characteristics that led to the removal of the structure at Lears roundabout. If it isn’t, then Mr.Brathwaite is also correct in pointing out any structures at any roundabout the possesses the same characteristics that led to the removal of the structure at Lears roundabout.

  9. Coralita June 18, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    The plot thickens.

    The Preconco Group has every right to remove all their belongings. If it was me I would remove all my stuff too.

    The palms will be next to go.

    The government will have to use the tax payers money to maintain the roundabout or beg some private interest to do the honours.

  10. dave June 19, 2016 at 9:36 am

    SSS –
    The Public workers in positions are scared of the Political directorate or seek to accommodate them especially if they favour the Political Party in OFFICE. This is a bunch of nonsense. YOU SHOULD NOT compromise . If your party is in power, you still have to maintain the law. You are doing your political friends no favour. A lot of weak kneed Permanent Secretaries, most of them females, and Heads of Department -who are square pegs in oblong holes do not face up to a challenge. Their thing is that he is the Minister and if that is what he want -so be it. That is wrong wrong wrong but happens especially among the females who give up very easily.This attitude ten permeates the whole Public Service and becomes the norm.

  11. Sherlock Holmes. June 26, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I have an acquaintance who has a matter where by a neighbor encroached on his property with the building of his home, (meaning the neighbor), he has reported this to town planning many years ago the matter was investigated and an order of enforcement to demolish the structure that encroaches was given and to this day it has not been done my acquaintance has even been threatened with violence by the law breaker and repeated calls to the town planning about the situation has literally fallen on deaf ears,so i am just wondering is Maloney a marked man ,no pun intended.


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