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Not me!

Chief Town Planner washes his hands of Hyatt

The Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins says the final decision on the proposed Hyatt Centric Resort Hotel is completely out of his hands.

“That matter has been referred to the Minister responsible for Town Planning . . . the Prime Minister . . . for his decision,” he told Barbados TODAY this afternoon, amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the 15-storey development at Bay Street, St Michael.

Cummins, who recently resigned as chairman of the local World Heritage Committee, also said his decision to quit the Committee, was not up for public discussion, even though that Committee is said to be responsible for advising Government on policies and programmes for the conservation and management of heritage sites, such as Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, where the Hyatt is to be located.

Questioned about the matter today, Cummins, who headed up the Heritage Committee from 2010 to 2016 before resigning six months ago, said as he was not even aware that the committee, which, according to its terms of reference, was appointed by Cabinet to manage and protect the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, had a say in whether or not Hyatt is given final approval.

“I am not aware that is the case,” he told Barbados TODAY.

The Chief Town Planner also said he was not aware that one of the functions of the local committee was to advise Government on any development within the heritage zone.

“When I was chairman that was not one of the functions, so I don’t know if it has changed,” Cummins said.

Earlier this week, new chairman Steve Devonish, who recently took over as chairman of the local World Heritage Committee following Cummins’ resignation, said he was staying clear of the controversy surrounding the proposed luxury project.

However, social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong has made it clear that if the hotel project is not subjected to a comprehensive environmental impact assessment, he will be headed to court. Comissiong contends that the hotel will have implications for the environmental well being of the City of Bridgetown and its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site

The Barbados National Trust (BNT), which is represented on the Barbados World Heritage Committee, has also objected to the project, fearing its construction would cause Barbados to lose its crucial World Heritage designation for the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison and put it on the “danger list”.

8 Responses to Not me!

  1. ch September 16, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Maybe it’s time the ” not me” crew get replaced by the ” yes, me” people who accept responsibility for their jobs and do them.

  2. jrsmith September 16, 2016 at 6:03 am

    This government has gradually make people around the world laugh at us as fools , here you are our politicians is not taking blame for anything. as from now on all politicians who is not taking the blame for they cock up , should hand they wages back pack they bags take they family with them head of to mars…..sad, sad, sad…. shameful…

  3. Harry September 16, 2016 at 6:39 am

    oh dear this “do not blame me disease ” spreading hope it does not become an epidemic !
    Devonish, oh boy less will get done now. Any bets that the Hyatt will be built, i know that the engineering work on Andrews is underway & that there is a plan for the new St. Lucy airport.

  4. harry turnover September 16, 2016 at 7:08 am

    The PM has the final say so it appears that the PM and .Mark Cummins are not in agreement.
    I wonder how the PM gine tackle this one .He can’t say now that is this Minister and that Minister job now…this one in he lap.

  5. RC September 16, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Any project that causes jobs for the several unemployed Bajans, creates jibs for food vendors, vegetable farmers, taxi drivers, craftppeople, bar tenders, cooks, maids, housekeepers, beach vendors, hair braiders, pool maintainance people, cleaners, laundry people…… long as it happens or is likely to happen under this present administration it is not a good project.

  6. Joy September 16, 2016 at 10:02 am

    We must want more for our people than for them to be the maids, cooks and gardeners. We must want them to be the hotel owners as well and to one day be the foreign investors that other countries want to attract. We must want to have a Barbadian equivalent of Butch Stewart emerge one day from the masses.

  7. Brewster September 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    So many empty hotels on the island that are in need of somr renovation and tlc. Why build something like that in the City? Too much concrete going up. More emphasis needs to be on the environment, more trees, more green space.

  8. BaJan boy September 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Come on Mark go on and start building. You accustomed playing your own tune once the piper has the final say.


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