Rock Hard argues for stay

The attorney for Rock Hard Cement today requested a stay of court action brought by the Town & Country Planning Department against the Mark Maloney-led enterprise.

The move was aimed at blocking any further sanction against the company until its own appeal is heard in the High Court later this year.

Attorney-at-law Vincent Watson made the formal application this afternoon as the matter came up for hearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.

The company is accused of breaching a stop notice issued by the office of the Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins, instructing that no further development occur at Lots 3 and 7, Flour Mill Site, Spring Garden, St Michael.

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.

Work continued today at the Rock Hard’s cement base at Spring Garden, St Michael.
The controversial Rock Hard cement base at Spring Garden, St Michael.

Additionally, the question was raised as to whether an employee of the company, Justin Harrison, had the right to appear and speak on behalf of Rock Hard Cement.

After the attorney made his submissions, Magistrate Frederick adjourned the matter until July 8 when Crown Counsel with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Oliver Thomas is expected to respond.


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