Husbands: BLP in Hyatt scheme

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party is being accused of engaging in a scheme to claim credit for the controversial Hyatt hotel project.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St James North Harry Husbands Sunday claimed the BLP really wanted the project to proceed.

He said however, it was seeking to delay approval until after the next general election, which it expects the DLP to lose.

Husband contended that in this case a BLP administration would quickly approve construction.

“They do not want to end the project because if we were to lose office tomorrow, the Hyatt would get building approval the next day and it would be completed by the end of the year. They do not want to end it; they want to stretch it out. As a result they came up with all kinds of things like environmental impact studies,” Husbands told his constituency branch meeting at the St Albans Primary School in Weston, St James.

The former trade unionist lashed out at former Member of Parliament for The City Dame Billie Miller, who recently warned that the recent problem of raw sewage spilling over into the streets along the south coast and in certain parts of Bridgetown, could only worsen with the construction of the proposed 250-room luxury Hyatt hotel.

Dame Billie, who represented the City for over three decades before bowing out of active politics in 2008, further cautioned that the Bridgetown sewerage system was already experiencing a “severe” overload, as she appealed directly to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to ensure that a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) was done before his Government proceeds any further with its plans for Carlisle Bay.

She also expressed concern that the Hyatt would be built within a designated marine park and at an important physical junction, which, she said, if approached the wrong way, could “imperil” other historic buildings along the Bay Street, St Michael corridor.

However, Husbands claimed the former Minister of Tourism was blowing hot and cold since it was a  BLP Government of which she was a part that enacted legislation to reserve the area from the Old Eye Ward going north for tourism development.

“It was the BLP who reserved the area. The fact that there is going to be major tourism development in that area is not a surprise to anybody. It is certainly not a surprise to them because this is what they wanted and we put into action,” he told party supporters.

The parliamentary secretary boasted while Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was being described as incompetent, he was able to attract a major hotel brand to the area, something he said the BLP was unable to achieve.

Official sources told Barbados TODAY on Friday evening that approval had been given by Stuart for construction of the multi-million dollar development to begin, and Town Planning officials were simply putting the finishing touches to the agreement before making the announcement.

According the officials, lawyers had advised that an EIA was not required under the Town & Country Planning Act, therefore there was no reason for any further delay to the US$100 million Hyatt Centric Resort.

10 Responses to Husbands: BLP in Hyatt scheme

  1. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson February 14, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Hommie the clown

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  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 14, 2017 at 2:18 am

    We care about the waste of salary on wanna Clooney.

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  3. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler February 14, 2017 at 2:22 am

    My God, the stupidity of these people.

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  4. Toney Olton February 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

    What utter crap. Give me a break Harry. If ever there was a grasping for straws. You are better than that.

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  5. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson February 14, 2017 at 9:50 am
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  6. BaJan boy February 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Can’t believe that there is more than one Jepter Inniss in Parliament . Bajans wunnah can’t see why we cannot get out of the mess with these clowns…

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  7. Helicopter(8P) February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Lets get practically scientific! When a plan goes before a panel of engineers for a large city project a projection analysis for a period of 30 years is usually projected into plans as the minimum duration or lifetime standard

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  8. David Hall February 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Seriously! So the BLP reserved it so you just proceed with just about any-kind of development. Why are cost overruns for DLP performers continuing unabated when its clear the project is no longer needed.

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  9. Greengiant February 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    David Hall none of them is better than the other. Mia as minister of home affairs over spent on the arch hall fire station and built two foundations for the crab hill police station. Liz built a public bath in silver sands for almost half million, spent several million at Greenland in St. Andrew. Mia as education minister over spent on edutec, can someone tell me what’s become of all the fanfare?

    The BLP created several statutory corporations during their years in government and left us saddled with an inflamed public wage bill. It’s so inflamed the not even cataflam can reduce the swelling. Why did they not address productivity, privatization, revenue collection, minimum wage legislation, employment rights legislation and such? We had wage freeze after wage freeze with private and public projects running together, overheating the economy and causing the importation of cheap labor from the Caribbean. Reducing the wages of local tradesmen at the same time. Yes we need change but certainly not back to the BLP as they will not manage us out of depth, they will simply enter an IMF program to get foreign exchange, freeze wages and claim it’s to pay for university tuition and settle foreign depth.

    NHC land will again be given to their party supporters to build houses at high prices, and critical state enterprises will be sold to their election campaign finances. That’s the way they run the country. Yes we had single digit percentage employment with them, but we also had wage freezes and like these days, we lived from one pay cheque to the next. Oh just let me remind you, construction brings foreign direct investment, but also consumes foreign exchange as almost ninety five percent of the inputs are imported. The senior labor is imported as well so it’s not sustainable. We need to focus on agriculture, manufacturing, tourism, education and off shore business. These are the sectors that will rebuild this country with more foreign income than expenditure. We need alternative solutions, not more of the medicine. So please ignore both Bees and Dees. I think this country is ready for a coalition government with the slimmest of majorities, and all parties having members elected.

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  10. Watchful warrior February 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Our leaders are behaving more like the liars and thieves that run many African nations …I think they are called corrupt leaders…. I see no difference
    On sister nations are trying to find ways forward…they have nature to show off..you know that thing most people want to see…what do we have… Unmannnerly children and adults acting li!e fools all over the place ….
    This is 2017 we have three years till the turn of a new decade I pray to the Great I Am that he rises up a leader/s with vision who can swim against the corruption and greed of these perversions of the law to keep this cou try from sinking to utter decay

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