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.

8 Responses to Rock Hard looking to settle

  1. Brien King
    Brien King July 27, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Hmmm, does he smells defeat or does he has something else up his sleeve ?

    • harry turnover July 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Smells defeat ??? Mark Maloney has Mark Cummins and the Government by them b…s
      The mere fact that he is at the centre of all this and got the guts to ask for an out of court settlement can ONLY mean he doesn’t want to embarrass Mark Cummins and by extension the Government any further.
      That is what he has up his sleeve mate.Somebody gine soon start talking big and tough saying that Mark Maloney din brek na law to mek people feel he in charge.
      …..and remember ….. 10% here,10 % there……there might even be a 20% floating bout too.

  2. Smiley July 27, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Out of court settlement ? I don’t think that Mark Cummins and his department did anything wrong ,so settle what? He broke the law He is to pay or cut his loss for his arrogance. Other people who broke the law had structures thrown down when they ignored the town and country orders.This is scandalous.

  3. Vernon July 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

    If as you claim you did nothing wrong, why do you want to settle out of court now?

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 27, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Smell a friggin dead rat and it really stinks,poor person and it would have been demolish no court action needed guess money and power talks everything else walks in good ole beautiful Barbados.

  5. The Negrocrat July 27, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I can see how the DLP will loose more votes if he is allowed to get away with this.

  6. Leroy Parris July 27, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Boss man pull um down. Dem days gone long time ago. There’s a law that rule people like you. Tow the line like any other citizen have to do. Totally agree, let him off now and then what’s next up his sleeves.

  7. Lennox hewitt July 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    No mark no out to courts nothing poor people or lets say black people get dum places tec down never had chance ddp or court but he brek d law n now want to pay piece of money n dun dey no take it down .


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