Inniss takes a swipe at Town & Country Planning

Amid the ongoing legal battle between businessman Mark Maloney and Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins, a senior Government Minister says he is not about to ‘bury” his head in the sand.

Addressing a branch meeting in the constituency held by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who has overall responsibility for the Town & Country Planning Department, Inniss stayed clear of mentioning by name the ongoing row involving Rock Hard Cement.

Donville Inniss
Donville Inniss

However, he took a direct swipe at the island’s planning department while calling for inefficiencies within Government to be identified and dealt with as a matter of urgency.

The outspoken Inniss, who is the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, went on to complain that entrepreneurs were often frustrated by the Town & Country Planning Department to the point where they felt they had to “take the law into their own hands”.

“You hear the occasional complaints from individuals about the length of time it takes to get approvals or decisions made from Government departments and sometimes the perception that some people make by taking the law into their own hands, but there [are] some matters that may be sub judice that you can’t speak to,” said Inniss, amid the ongoing controversy between Maloney and Cummins, whose department has ordered the businessman to put a stop to his construction of a storage facility along the Spring Garden Highway for his Rock Hard Cement company.

The matter was recently referred to this country’s Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock, QC, for adjudication after Maloney refused to adhere to the Chief Town Planner’s command.

With the matter yet to be settled, Inniss issued a stern warning Sunday night that “as much as we criticize some entrepreneurs in this country for their public stance on some issues, we must not bury our heads in the sand and believe that all is well on the other end, because I can tell you that there are quite a few legitimate entrepreneurs in this country who are frustrated with the perceived tardiness of getting applications processed that they feel they have to take the law into their own hands.”

Inniss however made it clear that he was not encouraging any one to break the law, saying: “I would rather spend my time asking, ‘How can we get an increased level of efficiency in this country. How can you get a Town and Country Planning application processed in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months per se’.”

However, the Government minister acknowledged that the planning department was not responsible for every delay.

In some instances, he said, the department could be awaiting a feedback from another ministry, pointing out that months may pass before an applicant was informed of such.

In the case of the Licensing Authority, he also complained that there were too many locations that one had to go to, in order to renew a drivers’ licence, saying it was unacceptable.

“You can criticize the Minister of Finance or the Minister of Public Works, but they don’t micro manage or run these departments. And it may not even be the individual staff members, but something is fundamentally wrong in a system in 2016 that says I have to go to The Pine to fill out a form and go to the BRA [Barbados Revenue Authority] to pay a fee,” he said, pointing out that such a situation was not only resulting in high costs to the individuals, but also contributing to low productivity overall.

7 Responses to Inniss takes a swipe at Town & Country Planning

  1. BaJan boy May 31, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Hope bajans can see the politics here again. He carries big mouth Donville in his constituency to curse civil servants since he knows he has no moral authority to speak as a result of his laziness,and indifference to civil servants. He doesn’t want to curse them himself but Donville is outspoken according to the press. Why did he as Minister of town planning address it early since he one of Maloney lackeys. Had that been you average BaJan his house would have done push down.

  2. recoanthony May 31, 2016 at 5:52 am


  3. Donna Harewood May 31, 2016 at 10:25 am

    But Donville, what about other citizens who for twenty years cannot get justice in the law courts? And how about a man who is disabled, knows that his insurance claim has been settled but cannot get the attorney’s hands off his money? Is there an excuse for a man who decides to “steal” his attorney’s new luxury vehicle in lieu of the cheque the attorney refuses to release? Would it be called mitigating circumstances when it is found that the man had no money for the supermarket and hadn’t eaten for a few days? Will you make a case for a man who is marginalized and hopeless to the point where takes the law into his own hands, picks up a gun and demands his share of the often unscrupulous businessman’s booty looted from the people of Barbados by way of ridiculous government contracts? Are there first class and second class citizens of this country. If you cut us do we not bleed just like the businessmen?

  4. Francis May 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    A man in my area had his garage push down because he did not have necessay permission.
    Now Inniss defending Maloney for refusing to follow the law. This politics real funny!! A bunch of lackeys cup in hand to the white man. SHAME SHAME!!

    • Coralita June 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

      How long after he was given notice was the garage push down?

      After he received the notice, did he apply for a retention so he could go through the process to see if he could send in the plans and have it approve in due course?

      We cussing Mark Maloney for using the process that is there for all to use. Why the heck we don’t learn the process and use it like anybody else instead of cussing a man for exercising his civil rights?? I am sure they are ordinary citizens in this country who were given notices and whose properties were never demolished because they followed the process after the notices were received. Of course there are some that will be demolished because they do not fall within the requirements of the Town Planning Dept.

      Mark Maloney’s matter is now before the law courts and the court will make its decision in due course.

      Town Planning does not issue a notice today and push down tomorrow, sometimes a whole year and more passes before they take final action. Go and education yourself and stop jumping on the dumb bandwagon.

  5. The Negrocrat May 31, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Mark Maloney bought a few men, now we know who they are.

  6. Carson C Cadogan June 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Foot in Mouth Inniss is at it again.


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