Not so fast!

Comissiong to bring court action against Hyatt

The threat of legal action continues to hang over the controversial Hyatt Centric development with attorney-at-law and social activist David Comissiong preparing to make good on his promise to challenge the construction of the 15-storey property in court.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY Wednesday as a team of workmen were busy clearing the beachfront area to allow for the project to get going, Comissiong said he intended to file the lawsuit by early next week in his quest to

Work has started at the site of the proposed Hyatt hotel.

halt the US$100 million development, which has also faced stiff opposition from the Barbados National Trust, who have argued the project would have serious environmental consequences.

Comissiong explained that even though approval had now been given by the Town & Country Planning Department to the application, which was filed by Edgehill Consulting Inc. on March 30, 2015, on behalf of Vision Development, he was still well within the six-week limit for challenging the decision.

“There are 11 different grounds, so it is not a simple matter. It is a work in progress. It is a voluminous claim and all of the grounds have to be properly sorted out. I am still working on it and I would be ready by early next week,” he said in explaining his own delay in taking legal action.

And without going into detail on his legal challenge, Comissiong said: “No government in a modern democratic society should be permitted to approve a project of this magnitude without consulting the people of the country, particularly the people who reside in that geographic area.

“This has not been done and it must be done,” he insisted.

The outspoken attorney also took issue with businessman Mark Maloney’s involvement in the project, saying it was “troubling”.

“Once again he is the recurring decimal and something is seriously wrong here. Many other developers are required to go through a democratic process of consultation; why does this democratic procedure not apply to Mr Mark Maloney?” Comissiong asked, while also reiterating his call for an environmental impact assessment to be done before the project proceeds any further.

“In a country that is environmentally and socially vulnerable as Barbados, how do you give approval to a project of this magnitude without first carrying out an environmental impact assessment? This is ludicrous and this suggests that the Government of Barbados believes that Barbados is some backward 19th century country.

“No mature and modern country would permit this type of project without this study. These are very weighty principles that I am prepared to stand up for as a citizen of Barbados, even if it is me alone,” the social activist said.

However, even though Comissiong had written to the Prime Minister as far back as August last year expressing concern about the plans to construct the multi-million dollar property on Lower Bay Street, The City, Stuart, who is the minister responsible for Town & Country Planning, announced at the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon on January 25 this year that approval would be given for the project.

The Prime Minister had also said he expected “all of the outstanding pre-conditions would have been satisfied” by the time he was ready to give the go-ahead.

15 Responses to Not so fast!

  1. Loretta Griffith March 17, 2017 at 12:35 am

    If this government or any other government continue to engage these obstructionists by letting them frustrate any perceived progress, this country will continue to go deeper and deeper in the mire.
    I honestly think it’s time to fight fire with fire! Slips are really showing.
    May God help Barbados!
    I have said before and will continue to say I have no dual nationality. It’s only here I belong.

  2. Kammie Holder March 17, 2017 at 2:41 am

    David Commissiong I cannot support you on this one. Hotels are needed in Bridgetown plus the Carlisle Bay area is already zoned for such projects. The city needs this renewal.

  3. chris hill March 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

    yes challenge the Hiatt. What no environmental study where an island in Carlisle Bay is sure to change the flow, where is the water coming from, where is the sewage going, are there any sub contractors getting work, there are too many unanswered questions regarding the building and the persons involved, how much have the polititions been paid off. Still to many questions and no answers.

    • Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 6:57 am

      @Chris hill – reading a last one of your comments I thought you was one of them with the blinkers. But there is hope for you yet. Well said.
      This whole politics thing among other things is much bigger than anyone can imagine. When a people can only see as far as their noses it is such a shame.

  4. Frank White March 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

    One day the Black community will wake up and suddenly realized that Barbados is no longer theirs to travel freely as they should… Stop letting the white community fool you all, all the time… I am with you brother Commissiong 100%…

    • Jennifer March 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

      @Frank – OK. Blinkers, Blinkers, like the horses going around at the gold cup. The Plantation syndrome is on ALL of them both white, and black. The Asians, well they somewhere. All the blacks want the hotel for is to go into the newest slave house and make up the beds, clean the toilets or serve the tables and smile from ear to ear to receive a couple US dollars tip. Yes sir Boss. The whites want it as per usual.

  5. Francis Wisdom March 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    A people that stand for nothing will fall for nothing!

  6. Sheron Inniss March 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I wid Commissiong on this one.

  7. Alex Alleyne March 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    BDS trying to dig it self out of an economic hole , so you “commie boy”, if you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.

  8. Othneal March 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Those critical of Mr Comissiong display a brand of ignorance about civic and environmental matters that is startling and dangerous in the extreme.
    The best mistakes to learn from are those made by others. Barbados should learn from the environmental disasters committed by other Island Nations who took their eyes off the ball, either deliberately or accidentally.
    The welfare of Barbadians must not only be paramount, but must be seen to be so, and cannot be compromised on any account. The transparency that Mr Comissiong’s proposal would provide would go a long way to achieving this. All public spirited Bajans who love our beautiful island must give him wholehearted support.

    • Sherlock Holmes. March 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Critical? of a selective agitator? only today i saw an article where bakers in his buddy’s country are being arrested for baking bread for the literally starving populace and he has not uttered a word about the going ons in that country i wonder why?

  9. Carson C Cadogan March 17, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    What a bloody nuisance this man is .

    Mr. Anti Investment in Barbados. MIA AMOR MOTTLEY must be very proud of him.

  10. Nathaniel Samuels March 18, 2017 at 2:28 am

    As far as I understand it, Mr. Commissiong is only asking that the necessary environmental and other studies be carried out. Why is that such a problem? Better to be safe knowing all is well and in compliance with international norms than have a regret or disaster down the road and blame poor Freundel.

  11. Dan Grey March 18, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Frank White, it not a race thing. Why do you think it is.
    David Commisong and BNT, do you have research to back up your assumptions?
    I agree with Chris Hill – can the sewage system and water supply handle the development; and any such future development around the city?

  12. Victor Knight March 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I am all the way with you


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