Rock Hard looking to settle
Businessman Mark Maloney is hoping for an out-of-court settlement to the dispute with Town & Country Planning over a controversial structure being erected at his Rock Hard Cement facility at Lots 3 and 7, Flour Mill Site, Spring Garden, St Michael.
Town & Country Planning has taken the company to court, accusing it of breaching a stop notice, instructing that no further development occurs at the site.
It is also accused of carrying out, causing or giving permission for construction work and operations to be carried out on the properties while they were the occupiers, thereby contravening Section 40 B (1) of the Town & Country Planning Act, Chapter 240.
A court recently granted the company a stay, blocking any further sanction against it until its own appeal is heard in the High Court later this year.
However, speaking to Barbados TODAY this morning at Regus headquarters in Welches St Thomas where he had signed an agreement for the development of the new Hyatt Resort Centric, Maloney said he was hoping for an amicable resolution to the row.
“I think it’s everyone’s intention. It was never anyone’s intention to be in court from the beginning. But things happen and decisions were made and we work towards that,” he said.
Maloney’s company was served with an enforcement notice to take down the concrete structure being erected to store cement at Spring Garden, St Michael, but the developer was refusing to budge.
“We would like it to be settled outside of court. That is always the intention. We don’t like battling in the media. Sometimes things get sensationalized, sometimes the media is to blame for doing that, not intentionally, and that’s their job; sometimes it hurts people like us but we have to work through it and we are doing so in the interest of everybody and hope that the outcome [is] everyone would benefit, not just one party,” he added.
Despite several recent disputes with Town & Country Planning, the developer reported that the cement company was performing satisfactorily.
“Rock Hard Cement is doing well. Our customers are happy with the quality [and] the consistency,” the businessman said.