Govt given notice of Hyatt legal action

Social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong Tuesday formally served Government with notice of his intention to legally challenge the Hyatt Centric development in the law courts.

A letter to this effect was hand-delivered to the office of Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite at noon today, ahead of the planned filing tomorrow of a lawsuit contesting the recent approval given by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who is the minister responsible for Town and Country Planning, for the construction of the 15-storey beachfront property at Bay Street, St Michael.

Comissiong informed Government of his intention “to file the Fixed Date Claim form and the supporting Affidavit at the Registry of the Supreme Court at 1PM tomorrow”.

The attorney also revealed that he would be seeking an interim suspension of permission pending the outcome of his claim, which, if granted, places the project back in limbo.

“One of the things claimed is an interim suspension of permission pending the full determination of the matter. So that is included as one of the ideas of relief being sought. However I don’t know what date they might give me, so lets say they give me a date three months from now, I would then file an urgent interim application.

“I prefer to do it this way because sometimes when you apply for a certificate of urgency because it has to go before the Chief Justice and it [the claim] could be delayed and I don’t want to delay it, I want to file it immediately tomorrow,” he explained.

Even though entities such as Barbados National Trust have voiced objection to the construction of the hotel at the Bay Street site for environmental reasons, the attorney intimated that his challenge, based on 11 different grounds, would be a solo effort.

Comissiong has been contending that “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 insists, while also reiterating his call for an environmental impact assessment to be done before the controversial $100 million development can proceed any further.

15 Responses to Govt given notice of Hyatt legal action

  1. jrsmith March 22, 2017 at 6:17 am

    This is why we are in a mess,, a business man said some time ago the people who shout the loudest in barbados ,are the ones who has never contributed anything to the economy of Barbados….

    This man should spend some time ,trying to get the government of barbados to sort out the worst infrastructure in our 50 years of (Independence Dependency)…..or emigrate some where….

  2. freeagent March 22, 2017 at 6:40 am

    One would have thought that most Barbadians would be happy with investors spending money in the country seeing that Barbados’ economy is in such a mess.
    If I were an attorney with lots of work I would not have time to oppose everything that the government proposes to do.
    Each and every one of us should be putting our hands to the plough to make Barbados great again

  3. Bajan First March 22, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This thing needs to be disposed of immediately so that the project which has the support of the large majority of the people around Bridgetown and larger Barbados can get going

  4. Walter Prescod March 22, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Making Barbados great again? Barbados is still great and will always be. $$$$ is the only thing that matters? Hell no! He has the right to contest this hotel. We are happy that investers want to spend money here, at what price?

  5. jennifer March 22, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Thing is that even if someone had consulted the people in the area it would make no different, seeing that most cannot see beyond the bush. There will only be one plough here working. Barbado$ is only great for the ploughman.

  6. sam clarke March 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    This is a good step, for transparency and for the community to have a say on the impact of this project. It has serious environmental and social impact on the area.
    There was no discussion with the community, and this is what need to be done, when development of any kind take place in the country.
    You have all type of areas being built up, and leaving the public with little or no access to the beaches.
    They are finding all types of ways to create private beaches in Barbarossa and this must come to an end.
    The view of the west coast are all blocked by development. In particular the view that was once existed of the Caribbean is now blocked.
    This why courts exist in a society of laws.
    Kudos to Mr. Commissiong .


    • jennifer March 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      @Sam – well said. This is not just about a belly full and yauct travel. THE people SHOULD also BE ENLIGHTENED ON THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT ON THEM TOO, especially the not too educationally inclined.. All this vulture culture that we plantation politically ingrunt and blind politicians allowing.

  7. L King March 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    @jrsmith – you talking foolishness. You angry cuz you are either a high flying businessman or a non national with crafty business ideas that like the Hyatt.

    You think just like the head of the government there.

  8. L King March 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm


    Why don’t you educate yourself about David. Look at Mr Comissiong ethos then you’ll understand why he does what he does.

  9. L King March 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Barbados does NOT need ANYMORE hotels. I have high respect for David Comissiong.

  10. L King March 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    @Bajan First.

    Bajan First?? You ain’t no Bajan

    • jennifer March 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      @L King – The last two either in the 1% club or the bare necessities club.

  11. jrsmith March 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    @, L king , hail ,hail, I am 100 % plus all bajan, with a very huge family bajan back ground…

  12. Lorna Rose March 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    If they were to build a really fabulous hotel architecturally significant interesting appealing fun project then maybe this plan would be one of benefit….. but a boring box 15 stories high No way who needs that not you or eye.

  13. Patrick March 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Mark williams and David are two nuisances, keep knocking and blocking every businessman who ls looking to invest.

    I wonder how many person the two of them employ.


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