Mark, my word

PM enters rock hard cement controversy

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has taken a hard line against Barbadians, who appear bent on flouting the orders of the Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins, warning that his Government is prepared to go as far as to enact laws to ensure they comply.

A stern talking Stuart told journalists at a media luncheon at Ilaro Court that he was not prepared to “sacrifice the rule of law” to permit Barbadians who willfully took matters into their own hands.

“The Chief Town Planner is a serious public official and what decision he makes, what instructions he gives, have to be complied with.”

Adamant that the country’s development must be “ordered”, Stuart was resolute that the law had to be followed.

“This is a country that subscribes to the rule of law, not to the rule of fancy and personal preference and so on.

“I think the message has to go out, not with any intention of making anybody a target, but the message has to go out that the Chief Town Planner is not somebody not clothed in his right mind and the people in the Town Planning Department are not people preoccupied with making people’s lives miserable.
“The development of Barbados has to be ordered development and we can only have ordered development if people comply with instructions of the Chief Town Planner,” he insisted.

His comments came against the backdrop of a public feud that has developed between the Mark Maloney-led Rock Hard Cement Company and Town & Country Planning Department.

Maloney’s company was recently served with an enforcement notice to take down a concrete structure being erected to store cement at Spring Garden, St Michael, but to date the businessman has been refusing to budge.

Mark Maloney, Freundel Stuart & Mark Cummins
Mark Maloney, Freundel Stuart & Mark Cummins

Stuart, who holds responsibility for the island’s Town Planning portfolio, informed the members of the media during a more than two-hour long, free flowing discussion, that though he was aware of the matter he had not intervened “given the statutory procedures” that had to be followed.

However, while insisting that he was not referring to the Rock Hard controversy, Stuart argued that disregard of the Chief Town Planner was not limited to any one group.

“It happens in some of Barbados’ most modest villages. I go out and do the site visits, people are told by the Town Planner to stop building because they don’t have permission, or stop, you are not building in accordance with the plan you submitted or with the permission you were given [but] as soon as the officer turns his back they resume as though they were not there.

“Enforcement notices are then issued, they ignore them too. And that has to stop.”

He said offenders appeared bent on using the strategy that “if they do enough building and have a large enough expenditure outlay when the minister comes out to see how much work has to be done, he will be conscience stricken and say to himself even though the wrongdoer flouted the law it would be unjust to demolish the property.”

However, Stuart made it clear he would not be moved, saying. “I am very sorry I have not yet got to the stage where I have drunk so deeply of the milk of human kindness in these matters that I am prepared to sacrifice the rule of law in Barbados with that kind of lawlessness.”

Rather, he has proposed to strengthen the powers of the Chief Town Planner to bring court injunctions against offenders.

“If people are not taking his enforcement notices seriously then he should be able to go to the court and get an injunction so that they will have to take the judge’s injunction seriously and if they don’t take the judge’s injunction seriously then they will be in contempt of court and the penalty for contempt of court is committal to the prison at Dodds,” the Prime Minister warned.

23 Responses to Mark, my word

  1. Harry June 4, 2016 at 6:13 am

    what a wimp

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 4, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Stuuuupse!! You have no credibility. Even if you sound serious you still come over as hard to believe. Guess you are waking up now that elections are around two corners.

  3. Green Giant June 4, 2016 at 6:53 am

    No, you don’t understand politics @ Sunshine Sunny Shine. ” He’s called a press meeting just days after Mia has made a public fool of herself in St. Lucia.

    She told the PM of St. Lucia she’s on holiday and the media she’s doing work for a client. So there’s obviously something to engage the media on that’s beneficial to Mr. Stuart.

    He understands when to speak, and when not to. Something many barbadians needs to learn.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      I hope for your sake; you do understand politics. Because, if politics is something to be understood base on what you perceive to be the Prime Minister’s, ”…understands when to speak, and when not to. Something many Barbadians need to learn,” I prefer Barbadians not learning it at all.

      The Prime Ministers extensive knowledge on when to speak and when not too, which is usually at branch meetings, functions, or entertaining over and away status quo figures, is, indeed, a lesson that all Barbadians should not take careful note of. They should, however, learn from this Prime Minister so that the next will be held accountable for every action and word that proceeds out of their mouths.

      For if knowing when to speak and when not too results in you becoming an unpopular leader, cause your popularity among bajans to dip to the lowest for any Prime Minister in office, cause you to foster the greatest disrespect and lack of admiration from a wide cross section of bajans, and have people damning your leadership at every turn, then I guess he fully understand when to speak and when not too.

      Glad that you and he understand politics. Cheers.

  4. Randolph June 4, 2016 at 7:01 am

    He reminds me of Donald Trump.

  5. harry turnover June 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Mark KNOCK down POOR PEOPLES structures for not taking the enforcement notices seriously….so wha happening here ? KNOCK DOWN MARK property too…..
    The PM only talking tough to suit the occasion …every other person knows wha going on…..see if Mark got the guts do what he is supposed to do.

    • Deborah Atkins June 6, 2016 at 7:14 am

      What is the process for knocking down a structure. Can you just knock them down willy nilly?

  6. recoanthony June 4, 2016 at 8:33 am


  7. charles worrell June 4, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I am almost amused that we in Barbados could come to a place where we have persons clearly demonstrating that they are above the law in this country. HOW did we get here? Yes, we are aware that some things have gone on from time to time and under both administrations, BUT where is this temerity coming from? Where are the teeth given by the Laws of Barbados to address these things?
    WHY is the Government of Barbados not becoming more vocal as this is indirectly flouting their authority as a government as well? WHEN will we see INTEGRITY LEGISLATION TABLED AND PASSED IN THE HOUSE? Much of these situations have their origin in the way business is being conducted in Barbados and the facilitation of this conduct must be brought to an end.
    THESE people find teeth in flouting the system BECAUSE of their ‘connections’ and what transpires as a result. Of course, little will such people demonstrate reasonableness but would rather show ‘who’ they are and we must bring this nonsense down.
    The persuit of wealth in our country is becoming endemic and people are willing to do anything and everything to get tho money. This behavior is merely symptomatic of what is at the underlying patterns in Barbados.

  8. Gearbox June 4, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I agree with Harry Turnover’s comment 100%.

  9. Francis June 4, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Knock down Maloney’s damn illegal structure.
    It is that simple but who will have the balls to do that?
    White man large and in charge!!

  10. Observer June 4, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    For certain people

  11. ormond Mayers June 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I think rather go to Court and seek an injunction a waste of time, the law needs to be strengthen to give the Chief Town Planner the
    authority to prosecute those who fail to comply with a lawful order of his department.
    As long there is a breach of the law , strong corrective action should be taken . We see the mess that can be created when there is a lack of proper guidance in planning.

    The law must be enforced against Mark Maloney and all those who wishing to flaunt the law.

  12. Queen Kym June 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Let them bulldoze the houses in the Belle too while they are at it!

  13. miche June 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    what baffles me is this,,,A few months agamA small,Black businessman in Jackson St Michael, had his warehouse torn down ,because of one such notice,,,Again ,A few weeks aga,, Another poor family ,was forced to watch,as a part of their garage was ripped off at same Town planning orders,,,,,,No court case necessary,,,, I am no UWI Graduate,so can someone please point out to this poor primma standard boy, why Mark Maloney’s’ partly constructed bond is still standing,,after receiving notice?,,,,Is it the Color of skin, The political Clout, The amount of money in the bank,,, Where are those who shouted so loud the other day wanting to march for Justice,,,,,

  14. Janette reifer June 4, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Barbadians and those who are non Barbadians. The Bullies. They doing what the hell they want to do in this country. Barbadians cannot go into any country and do those things. Then they going to these bread and fish lawyers, with untruth stories. Instead of these lawyers carry out investigations. They are giving them bad advise.
    Now I’m waiting to find out how the rain is going to drown me out this season, because I have a neighbour, who has erected a structure without the permission on the owner of the land or Town and Country Planning. Imagine the owner of the land advise her to remove the structure when she first started the building.
    She claims that when she moves into this house and she has to move, she will be going into the road with her children. She claims how she will call the Nation and the Advocate, and government has to give her a place to live.
    I want to see this unfold…Believe it or not !

  15. Ras Crazy Horse June 5, 2016 at 12:09 am

    What about Clico Mr Stuart?

  16. Joe June 5, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Green Giant. Ms Mottley has not made a fool of herself. I think it is foolish for Frendel to know wake up. He should enjoy this sleep for the final months ahead before elections. Just babbling out bare rubbish will will end back up in the dump. Who is more foolish of the two. Bajans all know

  17. seagul June 5, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Seeking injunction means—back-room dealing and wheeling for an agreeable price. All politicians in B’dos can be bought. The debate in Bim should really be about the perpetual slave wages in the hotel industry. An increase in performance should also means increase wages.

  18. Mac10 June 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    ….warning that his Government is prepared to go as far as to enact laws to ensure they comply…..

    If tTown & Planning can mobilise the BDF with heavy artillery to oversee the destruction of a structure on a house, the legal framework is already there.

    The issue is Maloney is a Gov ‘friend” & therefore exempt from the same rules as the little man. This is why the gas station at Coverly remains in operation even without planning permission & why the structure on Spring Garden will be built, regardless of the PM’s blustering. You are toothless & powerless & barbados is fast waking up to that fact.

  19. chris hill June 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    some of you fools dont even know anything just reading and making your own judgement to discuss among all should mind your affairs in your 2nd home overseas.

  20. chris hill June 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    why does it always come down to the colour black or white.we all bleed the same colour red.

  21. chris hill June 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    who told all of you that a structure going up of that size by respectable buisness men was going to be put up illegal. know the facts first then comment or shut up.


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