Payne expresses outrage over Chefette approval

Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne has taken exception to Government’s decision to allow a leading fast-food chain to set up shop at Lancaster, St James.

Pointing out that the land was originally earmarked for the relocation of residents of White Hill, St Andrew, whose homes were in danger, owing to land slippage, an irate Payne said the decision to approve a commercial development instead, will go down as one of the worst taken by the Freundel Stuart Government.

“[It’s] outrageous, and one of the worst decisions I have ever seen that demonstrates just how this economy is being managed!” the Opposition spokesman declared during Wednesday’s debate on the 2017/2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

The St Andrew representative further complained that Minister of Housing Denis Kellman had not consulted him on the matter even though it had major implications for his constituents.

“How is it that people in that area get turned down when they want to upgrade their houses, but Chefette gets permission to put up a three-storey building in the same area?” Payne asked.

He also queried whether an environmental impact assessment was carried out before construction started on the fast-food facility.

In response to the claims from the Member of Parliament, Managing Director of Chefette Ryan Haloute told Barbados TODAY: “Chefette received permission for a one-storey restaurant which we are in the process of building and are on schedule to open before the end of summer 2017.”

25 Responses to Payne expresses outrage over Chefette approval

  1. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch March 17, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Soooooo he outraged now the place nearly finished?

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  2. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley March 17, 2017 at 5:11 am

    How many chefettes can you have on such a small island

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    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco March 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

      Centered in a small area right! You got one in Warrens. One in Welches and now one in Lancaster. All on the same stretch of road ya! Smh

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    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds March 17, 2017 at 6:18 am

      I honestly cannot understand it…

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    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 17, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Again as long as they is a demand, they will be a supply

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    • Mark My Word March 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

      You can have as many Chefettes as possible they employ people and the workers can join the Union what a blessing build de Chefettes leh de people get some work, Talk cheap but it takes money to support yuh family.

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  3. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith March 17, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I too was wondering why this fast food chain was allowed to build in that area ,but that was from the time I saw a sign erected,why you now complaining now the building is almost completed. Where were you?

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    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds March 17, 2017 at 6:19 am

      The building’s almost done!!??

      Wowy!!!! Super fast….passed about 2 weeks ago and there was still no structure!!

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    • Alison Blackman
      Alison Blackman March 17, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Dont wonder Michelle money talks on this island Payne can really really zip up he trap and deal with white hill issues that is more important

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith March 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Miss,therefore you really don’t know the location of the restaurant,that structure was going up for months,I passed there on my way to work every morning,so you need to go look for the correct location and see what’s going on,because you are dead wrong.

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    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith March 17, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Alison tell Marsha Hinds the restaurant almost finished,she said she past there 2 weeks ago and saw nothing,I wonder where she was looking.

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  4. Samantha Best March 17, 2017 at 6:15 am

    Why is George Payne behaving like he now return from Siberia?Where was he all the time the discussions were going on? He needs to hush!!

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  5. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 17, 2017 at 6:40 am

    There are Chefettes all over because there is a clear market for them, that is not my issue. My issue is Mr. Payne seems to have been asleep for a while now, the structure is well underway and we are now hearing about alternate ideas for the site. Furthermore relocating people should not be an issue as the government of today have built homes all over the place not being used, would it not be more prudent to make an argument for the use of some of those?

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  6. Valerie Knight
    Valerie Knight March 17, 2017 at 6:42 am

    How many fast food outlets does Barbados need. I think there are more than London.No wonder the young people don’t even know how to boil an egg.

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    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

      As long as they is a demand, they will be a supply. Nothing wrong with that.

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  7. Maria T Holdipp
    Maria T Holdipp March 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Money haffi mek… Also jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs…. All of the outburst people still will be flicking to Cheffette… I hope he can put one in every parish because as wanna can see, money rules.

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  8. Greg sparks March 17, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Destroying the look and feel of barbados, I guess no matter what… money talks! When people eventually realize that this fast food is killing them
    Slowly these ugly buildings will be left to mark the island.

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  9. Frank White March 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Don’t cuss George Payne, cuss the minister of house and lands because they gave the land to a contractor in exchange for work done and the contractor sold it to chefette corporation. There was a sign up there on the land saying phase 2 which was for the people and the ministry as I mentioned, gave it away, which means that the people, which is us, doesn’t matter… Look out for another cheffette branch below balls plantation by the Newton roundabout…

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  10. latoya March 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Mr.Payne you now come in from the cold? As one of your constituants I suggest you hush your mouth and walk your districts and see what want doing.

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  11. Llig Nais March 17, 2017 at 9:27 am

    what supply and demand. nonsense! the population of Barbados is not growing and neither is our taste for fast food. in fact, base on current statistics with more people involved in healthy living, the penchant for fast food is further “downgraded”. Therefore, there has to be something else to building an increasing amount of Cheffetes in a country where there has been no increase in population and where there will be no significant increase in the future. in fact, a writer in correct in stating that three of these fast food outlets are within two miles of each other on the said stretch. So no increase in population, just a further distribution of the said funds. No increase in spending and an even smaller population density for the one under construction. there has to be more, much more to this story.

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  12. C Clinton. March 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I am glad to see the Chefette near by but not at the expense of those poor desperate people in White Hill. Do they care about the plight of the masses or selling everything to the highest bidder. See George Payne and left he fuh me. When it comes to representation wunnah can’t touch he. Tell Irene I say so.

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  13. Diane March 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    As a visitor I went to cheffet in warren with a friend, the mac and cheese had too much mustard. The fish was very hard and dry,the service was very poor and the mannerisms of the staff was disgusting. So I think they can all close and reopen with first giving the staff training in customer service. As a business woman I was appalled at the service.

    I must say the young gentleman who was cleaning the place was very mannerly. You could tell he was brought up in the correct manner

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  14. lester March 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    purchasing real estate is the answer my friends while fattening bajans

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  15. Sam Clarke March 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    THIS IS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CORRUPTION IN BARBADOS. NOTHING GETS DONE UNTIL THE UNDER TABLE AND SOMETIMES BLATANT OVER THE TABLE TRANSACTION.
    NOW PEOPLE ARE LOOSING THEIR HOMES, ARE WERE TO BE LOCATED THERE, BUT DUE TO POLITICAL SHORT AND SMALL MINDEDNESS, WE GET A THREE STORY RESTAURANT.

    KELLMAN, HAS ALWAYS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH POLITICAL SMALL MINDED PAY BACK, SO THIS WOULD NOT SURPRISE ME. NOW YOU SEE WHY THE LATE PRIME MINISTER THOMPSON, MADE HIM AMBASSADOR OF FLYING FISH.

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  16. Karen March 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I am not sure I read correct but did George Payne say the land was earmarked for the residents of White Hill, those same ones who refusing to move? maybe i have it wrong if so correct me. Build the Chefette Restaurants people will be employed tho and continue giving back to the education, communities, sports, children’s homes etc.

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