Not exactly!

Chief Town Planner makes it clear that Hyatt decision not up to UNESCO

Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins is making it clear that Bridgetown’s UNESCO World Heritage designation will not determine whether or not the controversial Hyatt hotel project on Bay Street, The City will receive Government approval.

Responding to concerns raised by the National Trust, as well as social activist David Comissiong, that the proposed 15 storey property would place Barbados’ World Heritage status at risk, Cummins said it was the island’s sovereign right to determine its best national development interest supersedes UNESCO’s heritage designations.

“Barbados is still a sovereign country. Barbados still has development goals and being appointed to the World Heritage list does not mean that development in Barbados will stop. As I tell people all the time, this current physical development plan that we now use which was amended in 2003, that plan had set out what was required for World Heritage status,” he told the media following Thursday’s unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those who served 25 years or more at the Town & Country Planning department.

“I can’t speak for the social activist and I can’t speak for the National Trust but what I will say is that the National Trust is one of the partners with whom we consult and they have shared their views. However, the views of the National Trust are always respected, but it does not mean that the views of the National Trust are always correct,” Cummins said.

The Chief Town Planner reiterated his previously stated position that the granting of a permit for construction of the 237-room resort on almost three acres of waterfront along Carlisle Bay was out of his hands and in Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s court.

Stuart, along with Cummins, recently toured the proposed site.

Cummins also revealed that his department had already submitted its recommendations on the project to the Prime Minister’s office, but he refused to disclose what was recommended.

“Hyatt is not my decision. Since 1986, the Town Planning order was amended, which gives the minister responsible for planning – and in this particular instance it’s the Prime Minister – the authority to grant planning permission for beach front development, which Hyatt is . . . . There is always an assessment from our end but I can’t [reveal details] because it is a matter which I would have sent to the minister in confidence,” Cummins stated.

Earlier this week, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy had sought to brush aside concerns that controversy surrounding the proposed Hyatt hotel, had in any way deterred the investors.
In fact, Sealy said he remained confident that the project would receive the necessary approvals from Town & Country Planning and that construction would begin shortly.
“I am not aware that the Hyatt people are having any second thoughts. The permit is being processed in order for them to start work. We look forward to that permit being issued and work being started,” he told Barbados TODAY at the World Travel Market in London.

7 Responses to Not exactly!

  1. Tony Webster November 11, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Clear elucidation, Sir; valid point. Only other point that cud n’use a li’l clarity, is to admit in the same relevant breath, that the Relevant Authority, is well..not without the (remote) possibity of errors of judgement; stain of sin; of mistake; of delay; or of any manner of human foibles…for we are all “human”….n’est pas?

    Hmmm…I think I’ll buy a nice pizza pie today. The onlies’ problem is…that I ALWAYS have to share it with a “higher authority”: the madam.

    No-one…not one single livin’ breathin’ Bajan on this Blessed Rock…will ever die of boredom!!

  2. seagul November 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Some people prefer French, because they’re European. We at the Unity Council prefer Yoruba, like ‘Ni ko’….for we are all African and correct.

  3. Phil November 11, 2016 at 11:56 am

    In far more developed and established Heritage cities around lhe world, New York. London, Stockholm, Paris, Oslo, Paris, Canberra, Beijing, Moscow, and the list goes on, Large and imposing skyscrapers are under construction DAILY. These are HERITAGE CITIES too. Only Third world Barbados must “heel boy” at the sickening comments from the likes of Commissiong and Mark Williams. who really want under-development and buoyancy in this 50 year ols Commonwealth Democracy. An Englishman once told my our Trident only bent, It was never broken. Ah gone…

    • Richard Johnston November 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Bridgetown is not a World Heritage site because of its resorts and skyscrapers. Shall I elaborate?

  4. jus me November 11, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Coffee boiling!!!
    Dont seem like you can smell it.
    Show me where ??
    Where they will build is now ramshakle and has been for ever since.
    When this place goes up it will be magnificent and have a pristine beach,that we all can still use. Many opportunities for locals,
    AND HOPEFULLY ,if someone is NOT PAID OFF, will NOT BE All Inclusive.
    SOMEBODY please enlighten those whom regard themselves as our Government All Inclusive BRINGS NOTHING to Barbados,
    Just the scraping at the bottom of the pot.
    Everything else is paid OFFSHORE in HARD Currency and STAYS OFFSHORE.
    SO wakey wakey, my dear PM

  5. Carson C Cadogan November 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Thats telling them, Mark.

  6. Phil November 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Well Hello there. All inclusive visitors do not come with empty pockets. They shop and visit entertainment establishments outside the inclusive hotels. They use buses and taxis, they leave tips, they visit restaurants. Go figure. I know a lot who purchase Bajan rum to take back.


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