Comissiong threatens legal action against Hyatt project

Attorney at law and social activist David Comissiong has threatened legal action against the construction of the proposed Hyatt Hotel at Carlisle Bay, if the project is not subjected to a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment.

Comissiong has made clear his opposition to the project, which was announced last month, saying it will have implications for the environmental well-being of the city of Bridgetown and its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In a statement issued on the weekend, he noted that during his presentation on the budget debate, International Business Minister Donville Inniss claimed that the Chief Town Planner had already dealt with, and approved with conditions, construction of the controversial hotel.

“Mr Inniss also claimed that an “Environmental Impact Assessment”, a heritage impact assessment, a traffic study, a geotechnical survey, a marine survey and a geophysical survey were all carried out, as part of the processing of the said application,” Comissiong stated.

However he contended that to the best of his knowledge, the people of Barbados were never given public notice of and invited to participate in any EIA pertaining to the proposed 15-storey structure.

“A legitimate “Environmental Impact Assessment” (EIA) CANNOT be carried out in secret – unknown to the Barbadian public– and without the participation and input of the people of Barbados, particularly the participation and input of the people who reside in the communities closest to and most affected by the proposed hotel!”

Comissiong also highlighted implications for Bridgetown and the environment if this project goes ahead.

“The people of Barbados in general, and the people and organizations of the Bridgetown and Bay Street communities in particular, must therefore be fully informed about the proposed project, and must be afforded an opportunity to participate fully in an Assessment of its likely or potential impacts on such issues as Barbadians’ continued access to and enjoyment of the beach; implications for the animal, plant and marine life of the beach; Bridgetown’s designation as a UNESCO world heritage site; issues pertaining to sewage disposal, possible damage to neighbouring buildings, and  urban congestion; and its implications for the overall environmental well-being of the City of Bridgetown,” he said.

He stated that given the concerns outlined, he has put Minister Inniss and developer Mark Maloney on notice that any effort to commence the project without “a rigorous and comprehensive legitimate Environmental Impact Assessment” will be met with a challenge in the Law Courts of Barbados.


24 Responses to Comissiong threatens legal action against Hyatt project

  1. Sebastian Da Costa
    Sebastian Da Costa August 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Barbados needs this project

    • Ryan August 22, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Barbados does not need this project. This is the problem with my people and the leadership or lack thereof, with this country. Someone comes and see say lets build this, it will create a lot of jobs and will be good for the economy, and then the leadership of this island give up some many concessions which leaves the country not so much better off than it began.
      David Comissiong is absolutely write on this issue. Why do you need this hotel? You don’t! People don’t go on vacations for hotels, they go to stay at hotels and they the majority of travelers look for the cheapest hotels to stay at also. And how many jobs will this project create? It can only create jobs if people come and stay at the hotel. For heavens save before you go putting up these monster buildings and robbing the beaches of real estate here is some advice. Give people a reason to come to Barbados that’s why people go on vacation, culture, people sightseeing. You all got thing all wrong There are so many issues in this country that need to be address there is not enough time.

  2. Sherlock Holmes. August 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    You are a nuisance plain and simple , why don’t you go and fight the cause of the people of Venezuela who are being severely oppressed by your comrade, as i have stated before you are a selective agitator with a lot of idle time on your hands.

  3. Phil August 22, 2016 at 12:12 am

    David Comissiong You shouls seriously consider selling your brain. You’ll get Billions for it. Why? Because it’s NEVER BEEN USED!

  4. Ivana Cardinale August 22, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Sebastian, Sherlock and Phil… ignorance is man’s worst enemy. All you care is money? No environment, nor Unesco, nothing… all is money?… Money, money, money? Like the song? Are you coming with the crap of more jobs, more Tourism, etc.? Well, you can start selling yourselves then. It seems that nowadays, people can’t think. And ignorance is free

  5. Phil August 22, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Ivana, You said yourself. cause you sound ignorant as hell. Confession is a great conscience cleanser. Why is Barbados in such a situation? Because we ain’t got money. maybe you too should sell your brain. Then again, nobody would want to buy a head that ain’t got nuh brain.

  6. Brien King
    Brien King August 22, 2016 at 3:39 am

    Did these studies indeed were carried out or is it being stated so just to get the project moving along ? Regardless of the need of the project, hotel, jobs,etc, if there is a underlining factor of danger of any sort whatsoever, it should be brought to light to the people of Barbados. After all, we are the ones that would be effected if something goes very bad, those owners, directors, etc don’t live here and can pack up and leave the mess they have made in a moment notice. So I agree with the lawyer, the people of Barbados have to have more sense than this to be just grabbing at the first dollar shown. It has to be shown and proven that all will be well from all the angles mention before one starts the project, otherwise there can be much regret and finger pointing should any thing goes awfully wrong there, and we bajans then suffer as a result.

  7. jrsmith August 22, 2016 at 4:58 am

    People ,people everybody sounds vex , Barbados not having any money is not our fault its the deception which is imposed on us. the honest to goodness bajans keeps Barbados moving, its the others who avoid taxes and vat and import duties , borrowing from our treasury not repaying all control by the corrupt brigade..

    Barbados cannot do any better other than tourism our bread and butter, we cannot allow sentiments to prevent our people from earning which is spending power, if the same energy which is in the tourist industry was diverted to the sugar industry we would still have something to fall back on.

    What we need in Barbados is a (Strategic Planning Group) of 6 persons non political , to plan our route for the next decade people who are experience and willing to roll they sleeves up and do good for our country , ( all we hear is shouters ) we can do a lot better but not by politicians, politicians always have they ulterior motives …thats why Barbados is for the taking but not by bajans..

  8. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham August 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

    You really need something to do

  9. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham August 22, 2016 at 5:58 am

    You’re fast becoming a nuisance

  10. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke August 22, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Brien I would sincerely hope that any major undertakings go tru all the necessary checks and are not just passed off in the hope of creating jobs and making any particular government look good . I live in speightstown area and I’m very familiar with the west coast . The amount of beach erosion and damage caused by a number of large houses etc. really makes me wonder ….

  11. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 22, 2016 at 7:07 am

    The investors should remember that the boat yard have a license to play loud music.

  12. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I could see another injunction in court.The board yard have a license for loud music.I don’t want to see the area become like st Lawrence gap.

  13. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2016 at 8:22 am

    You are the most disgruntled person in BIM. You never got over being “fired” by the then PM Arthur from the Comission of pan African Affairs. Now you are at this PM and nothing that is put forward for the good of Barbados you seek to shoot down.

  14. Alex Alleyne August 22, 2016 at 8:26 am


  15. BoboTheClown August 22, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Whoa ,Comissiong, i am impressed as i have have never seen such a small brain in such a big head.
    I too could see things your way, but i can’t seem to get my head so far up my ass.

  16. Voice of reason August 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

    To the people above who so vociferously became upset by the messenger and completely disregarded the message, resorting to insults about empty-headedness (the irony of which is probably lost on you), cobsider that if indeed the Hyatt hotel has passed all the check and balances, there will be clean sailing. If they have not, then they simply need to do so. It’s very straightforward.

  17. Andrew rudder August 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning fellow Barbadians! I must say that the Hyatt brand has always integrated its planning with the local rules and regulations of its hosting community. In an era such as this one all environmental issues are expected before infer-structure is brought about so I would think that Barbadians across the board should understand this modern day process. Foundation pile driving is not any more dome by inertia hammering its all done by hydraulics and pneumatic application. Think about the landscaping, the horticulture and the culinary arts process.

  18. Donild Trimp August 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    That Bay Street area looks like a dilapidated slum.

    Why would anyone wish to keep it like that?

    Bring on the development. Barbados needs it.

  19. Tony Waterman August 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    @Sebastian, Sherlock,Phil.BoboTheClown, all thjis bad Talking and derogatory words could have been avoided, IF, the Minister and ALL involved had not gone about this Project :ASS Backwards: if as is being said, all of the NECESSARY assessments have been completed, how is it that they were NO Town hall Meetings to hear how the affected Community (ies) feel, and WHY were the Results of these Studies NOT Published in the Newspapers, for ALL to SEE/READ, like it is Done in Other places ?? then all this BAD BLOOD would not have to be Let.
    Regardless of one’s Political or other Leanings Right is still Right, and Wrong is still Wrong. and it seem that inBarbados wrong is the Norm.
    For Instance!!!! Why is it that Deltro is Having meetings with The Finance Minister, and on the outcome of those meetings, they now Have MILLIONS of Dollars of Equiptment in the Bridgetown Port, and no Official Permission had been given to Install their Solar Farm as yet, so why doe we have a Town and Country Planning Unit, again ASS Backwards, there in lies the Problem, no one including The Government Ministers are following their own SET Protocols.
    i was always told that when you count you start with 1,2,3, and reading you start with A,B,C, noe the other way around.

  20. Phil August 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Tony Waterman. Thanks for your very thoughtful and insightful comments. From what I understand, this project was on the cards for a while now. Perhaps a few yrars. No one questioned these peripherals. Suddenly the name Mark Maloney pops up as being one of the major investors and contractor and all of a sudden Mark Williams and David Comissiong pops up with all kinds of rejections. I challenge both of these critics to bring something worth 1% of what Mr. Maloney has brought to help develop Barbados albeit, Mark Maloney needs to clean upo his act and do things in a more transparent manner. Although I think he was given some sort of word of mouth promise from some seemingly powerful person that “everything will be OK”

  21. Sherlock Holmes. August 22, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Regardless of what you have said Waterman, Comissiong is a nuisance and one who is selective in his fights. It is so funny though that he always identify as a black man and seem to have a grouse with those of apparent European decent, let me say that this is the impression i get i could be wrong, but when i look at him i see an almost white man, which has always lend to my belief that he is more of the white stock than the negro, how ironic.

  22. The Negrocrat August 23, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This has brought out the DLP yard fowls, but have no faer.
    Not one of them will go to court to defend these bunch of corrupt politician.
    David is on solid ground and the court will once again rule in his favour.

  23. F.A. Rudder August 23, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Sherlock Holmes you must remember these here islands were inhabited by people of the Carib, Taino, Siboneese, and Arawak tribes. You may have to study our original island dwellers and the French to speak on Mr Comissiong’s heritage.


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