Sinckler contradicts Inniss on Hyatt hotel

Two ministers in the Freundel Stuart administration have made opposing pronouncements regarding planning permission for the controversial Hyatt Centric hotel proposed for Carlisle Bay, Bay Street, St Michael.

While Minister of International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss recently insisted that Town and Country Planning had granted approval, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler today said that the application was still being processed and the project was not yet a go.

Sinckler also insisted that neither he nor Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy had ever said or implied that the development had already been given the green light from planning.  Furthermore, he said, the developers had made it clear they were awaiting permission.

“In fact, they specifically said – because that question was asked – once the regulatory permissions have been granted, then the hotel is likely to start within two to three months. That is what they said. So I don’t know where this thing has come from that anybody has said that permission was granted,” he told the media on the sidelines of the official opening of a fifth Burger King outlet at Warrens, St Michael.

During his contribution to the recent debate on the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Inniss had stoutly rejected claims by Opposition Member of Parlament for The City Colonel Jeffrey Bostic that the hotel’s developers had not been given planning permission to construct the 15-storey Hyatt. He told the legislature that permission had been granted with conditions, and those were appealed and were being addressed “at the highest level”.  Today, Sinckler said he was not aware of what conditions the developer was asked to meet. However, he said, he knew the application process was underway.

“As far as I know, an application went in, the application is being processed and until such time that process is completed, nobody can say that it is all go, and that is why the developers said at the meeting, at the press conference, [that] when all regulatory permissions are granted, we will proceed with the construction,” the minister said.

“They were asked how long, they said ‘we don’t know, but it could happen in two months time if we were to be given the permissions right away’. Obviously right away didn’t mean that you would turn up tomorrow morning and receive them, but in reasonable time.”

The proposed Hyatt hotel is facing stiff opposition from social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong who has written to the Chief Town Planner threatening legal action against the investors if the project were not subjected to a comprehensive environmental impact assessment.

While Sinckler did not call Comissiong by name, he charged that there were people who were using the issue for political gain. But he said he was unmoved.

“So all of this unnecessary excitement by some people who believe they can hide behind certain notions of activism to execute their political agenda in Barbados, which is aligned to that of the Barbados Labour Party, does not bother me . . . it does not bother me in the least,” he declared.

6 Responses to Sinckler contradicts Inniss on Hyatt hotel

  1. Hal Austin August 30, 2016 at 3:21 am

    This is a classic example of Stuart trying to hold on to power at all costs. Two senior ministers, none of which is esponsible for planning, are publicly rowing over an extraordinary planning application.
    In the meantime, the minister responsible, the prime minister, is remaining silent.
    No reprimands for either, no sackings. We know that both ministers can easily be got rid of: Sinckler is a failure as the finance minister; and Donville Inniss is talkative, empty-headed.
    Barbadians deserve better.

  2. Ossie Moore August 30, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hal! Did you say “De driver cannn drive or can’t drive?

  3. Ann Thomas August 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    And the Prime Minister will contradict both of them. Oh happy day!

  4. Donild Trimp August 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Well, well, well.

    Banana Republic in action. What a bunch of jokers.

    Inmates running the asylum.

  5. harry turnover August 31, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Ha ha DON !!…remember the chicken wing controversy when you made James Paul looked like a LIL boy ??….now look wha happened to you…ya shuda keep ya damn mout shut
    The PM caan do nutten bout de two ah DEM or ANYONE ah DEM for that matter,,BECAUSE anytime he start the EAGER REST not the X1 gine lock horns and EVERY ONE AH DEM gone through de eddoes.
    The PM is remaining ( continues) silent because he DOES NOT KNOW what is going on in ANY of his Ministries.He gathers bits and pieces of information,listens to this and that body,reads this and that and after everything is cooled down comes and says the SAME things that people were saying in his own words and laced with legal jargon

  6. harry turnover August 31, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    The PM doan know how the rest of the Caribbean and the rest of the WORLD for that matter are viewing him ?
    All this going on with his Ministers and the man EN DOING NUTTEN jack.
    Man I could just understand how the other PMs talk behind he back when the Heads of Government meet.
    Mr.PM ya got to do SOME THING.
    Garfield Sobers among Bajan cricketers is # 1,#2 and #3…the closest to come near him would have to be #4 …he is that far in front.
    Mr.Stuart on the other hand would have to be the .last,the second last and the third last….he is that far behind in knowledge of his Ministries.


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