Too many blocks in Govt’s way – Worrell

Government Senator Andre Worrell has charged that development projects conceived under the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are consistently being “blocked” by people trying to derail the efforts of Government, well-intentioned groups and investors.

“It is no secret that there are persons in this country who want to see this DLP Government fail. They wished it from 2008.

“There are political activists against us and businessmen who don’t support us,” he charged, while making his contribution to debate on the Appropriations Bill 2017 yesterday.

It was within this context that the senator rehashed details of a deal between the previous Barbados Labour Party administration and the then Barbados Shipping and Trading (BS&T) to set up the Pierhead Development Project more than a decade ago.

Quoting the September 20, 2005 edition of Hotel Executive – a publication for tourism industry officials – Worrell reminded that Bridgetown was to be transformed into a prime real estate for marinas and condominiums with the construction of a five-star, 200-room Le Meridien hotel.

While questioning why that project had failed to get off the ground, he demanded to know why there was stiff opposition to the proposed $100 million Hyatt Centric resort on Lower Bay Street.

“We have to ask the question, ‘why didn’t [the Le Meridien] hotel open in 2010 . . . .  Was it because the Government changed in 2008? Did that stop the project or were there other factors involved? We need to ask those questions.

“Why is it that there is so much opposition and resistance to a similar project that is coming in the exact same area, that would bring the exact same benefits of redeveloping Bridgetown and bring life to the capital City? Why is it that we must have so much opposition to that? Is it because the Government changed? Is it because we don’t want any good to happen under the Democratic Labour Party, or is it because we only have a select few who must be able to see economic benefit in Barbados?” Worrell asked.

Although he did not mention anyone by name, his comment seemed to directed at political activist David Comissiong, former Member of Parliament for The City Dame Billie Miller and members of the Barbados National Trust, who have been bitterly opposed to the Hyatt construction in the heart of Bridgetown and its historic Garrison, which is a world heritage site.

As Comissiong prepares to challenge the matter in court, Worrell warned that the country could not move forward  unless all were willing to move pass “the parochial political pandering to a nationalistic discussion on sustainable development in Barbados.

“We need to focus on things that will help to take this country forward,” he stressed amid demands for public consultation and a full environmental impact assessment to be conducted before the multi-million dollar development proceeds.

28 Responses to Too many blocks in Govt’s way – Worrell

  1. Jennifer March 23, 2017 at 1:13 am

    None of what is in this article should be no surprise to anyone. It was happening WAY BACK THEN and it is still continuing to happen. The only thing is that it needs more transparency. The puppeteer.

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 23, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Waste of taxes payers salary dumb dumb.

  3. Curtis Brewster
    Curtis Brewster March 23, 2017 at 5:13 am


  4. Santini More
    Santini More March 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Q: Was Bridgetown a UNESCO world heritage site when the Pierhead project was first conceived? Ans: No! But please do not let facts get in the way of a juicy smear story.

  5. RC March 23, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Interesting to see that a Political failure has gotten full page coverage on the foreign owned newspaper this morning highlighting his efforts to halt a venture to provide employment and bring much needed foreign exchange to our island.

    • hcalndre March 24, 2017 at 2:39 am

      @ RC; They are 16 political failures and the others that they brought into the brew for the last 9 years and the country`s economy is growing like a cow`s tail, are they too many for you to count? Once it is employment, go right on, just like the Cahill project, that would be in the middle of the Island, it would provide employment, then what about the people`s health?

  6. jrsmith March 23, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Barbados politics has become so corrupt , that no good can happen and no prosperity would come to our country…..
    There is no honesty or trustworthiness about anything in barbados , because every one seem to be crooked…..

    The only way our country will step out of this economic dark hole is by privatizing some of the services…..

    As for the (Hyatt ) project , barbados survives on tourism , tourist are put up in hotels, hotels offer employment , but this clown think he is going to save the world, this is not johnny rum shop this is for the benefit of the people of Barbados…….

    Why didn’t this man screem and shout, over the decades bajans sat back in barbados and allow the only second source of real income for lots of bajans , the sugar industry to be completely devastated………………………

  7. Tony Webster March 23, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Last days. Last train to San Fernando…just moving out…and some folks runnin’ hard…to ketch it. The earth shifting beneath certain folk’s feet. Bells Tolling. Gorilliphants seen sweating a lot….even in air-conditioned Big Rides. Tax-payers scrunting…and awaiting budget.1.2. LOTS mo’ people remembering how to pray. A Child has appeared, to lead us forward.
    Way to go….Lord.

  8. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam March 23, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Stupess Skipper d only person that’s in the governments way is the government

  9. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 23, 2017 at 7:38 am

    You taking nonsense. Government blocking their own self. I had a friend was trying to open a business in Bridgetown it took him 2 years before he could get approval.You need to check with town planning first before you open your mouth and talk. People get fed up and change their minds. Because of the length of time it takes to get approval from town planning. Some of these people went to st Vincent and st lucia where the system is faster than Barbados. Most you people just talk you all do understand business. How much of you politicians in the DLP understand business. Not many.

    • lester March 23, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Civil servants boss not government its people like you and me that slows down the procedures beneficial to us, stop blaming goernment, Ministers don’t work at customs, BRA, TOWN PLANNING ETC civil servants do

      • hcalndre March 23, 2017 at 6:27 pm

        @lester: They are the bosses, they are in charge of whatever ministry is responsible, but every one of them is blaming some one else. “its not me.”

  10. Ernesta Catlyn March 23, 2017 at 8:59 am

    “There are political activists against us and businessmen who don’t support us.” Who is “us’; who are you and who appointed you. When did you face the electorate again?

    Skipper, everybody has been trying to guide”us”. “Us” don’t want to hear from anyone. Minister Donville chided the Opposition a few year ago in Parliament when they attempted to make some suggestions. If I remember correctly he indicated that they had had the gov’t for 14 years and that “us” did not want to hear from them that “us” was going to do it “us” way. The PM, when the opposition suggested the Eminent Persons group said his Ministers were eminent persons that he did not need no such group.

    Over two weeks ago the PM indicated that he had appointed two groups to get back to him, in two weeks, on the way forward. This after Mr Arthur had indicated that Min of Fin. had asked him to assist. Like I said “us” don’t want help.

    • hcalndre March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Ernesta Catlyn: You know Malcolm X said that they`re 2 types of negroes, the house negro and the field negro, this one that is speaking of “Us” and “We”, he is house negro because the master is sick and he is feeling the pain.

  11. bajans March 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

    @RC, Barbados now has dozens of hotels. If what you imply is true, then there would be no run on foreign reserves. The fact is, that hotels do NOT bring foreign exchange but drain it with the imports to satisfy the tourists. These hotels bookings are done overseas and all the money stays overseas. Very little is spent on the island. Jobs paying $200 bajan a week are not jobs, that is welfare. A bag of groceries cost that much.

    • A Chase March 23, 2017 at 9:45 am

      You’ve got it damn right. But people believe in what these politicians tell them. Something is better than nothing right? These hotels pay people peanuts. Bajans would be better off developing some skills or service they could sell over the internet and look for and service customers from the over 7 billion people that live on this earth.

    • jennifer March 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Well said bajans. The Hole thing is disgusting.

  12. Helicopter(8P) March 23, 2017 at 9:25 am

    To much non-transparency! The senate needed to represent the masses in a more deliberate and informative manner. Representatives need to be honest in constituents inquiries of key economic generators in the nation. Representatives are there to represent the voters and just not voted to enhance themselves, family and friends. It’s a new Barbados today!

  13. Helicopter(8P) March 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    When the World bank or the IMF study a nation they look into many key factors. One of these factors is it’s ability to sustain itself under trade fluctuations and productivity of Agricultural lands along with land usage. Idle land suggest one thing on a satellite photo, an unemployed sector! that means a percentage of untapped taxes; meaning employment taxes not driven into the internal revenue system.

  14. Candy March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I Have friends who live in this area who cannot wait until the project begins. The young men are hoping that job opportunities would be created and the young women most of whom do hair, nails and even cosmetology are hoping to increase their clientele. Not to mention those people who run small shops in the area. All are looking forward to the increase in business that the Hyatt Hotel should bring.

    • hcalndre March 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

      @Candy, once people get work building the Hyatt and when it`s finished a few people get some more work that`s all well with some of you but its much more than that must be look into. The government is in such dire needs for instant cash that they will over look the regulations, the dangers and environmental health hazards that these projects can bring. Barbados is not even a place where you can get compensation should anyone develop a health problem. Although some cases are clear cut, these attorneys still need money up from.

  15. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore March 23, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I agree sir, in the long run it will come back to haunt them. Smh

  16. Robert MacDonald March 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Just because the laws and regulations stand in the way of a possible benefit to the citizens, you can not ignore them.
    They were put in place to benefit the citizens in the long run. Neither party seems to understand that. If tourism is the main source of revenue to Barbados,responsible government should be looking at alternates. You can not run a country effectively if you only have one source of income. I doubt that there will be enough “new ” tourists to fill a 15 storey hotel,in affect in downtown Bridgetown. They will come from other hotels. The benefit is overstated by the politicians.

  17. Carson C Cadogan March 23, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    That is because the Govt. is allowing it.

    Under an Owen Arthur Govt. they would have just steam roll over such blockages.

  18. jennifer March 23, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    In order to unblock a blockage one has to flush out the block. NAME AND SHAME IF ALL OF THIS Is TRUE. Otherwise u are in cohort with the blocker and a deceiver.

  19. Greengiant March 23, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Young Worrell is perfectly right. The pierhead marina project only ran aground because the government changed. Much of the liquidity in the local banks belongs to the B S and T and other groups who support the BLP. There’s nothing wrong with the Hyatt project, it will not threaten the historic Bridgetown designation, but they don’t this country to recover before elections. Little David was getting more gravy from the BLP kitchen than from the DLP so he is working pro bono for the BLP.

    Our legal brains in parliament can’t even draft legislation to get the red tape removed for the purpose of business registrations and project approval. Similarly, they’re failing us in the law courts. So you all should now understand why I continue to say we need to get the lawyers out of parliament. The opposition leader knows that if she losses another election she will struggle to retain leadership of the party. She has already lost the chairmanship to Payne. So she knows that the writing is on the wall.

    So regardless of how many of you come here to represent party or their feeble leaders, the writing is on the wall for them both. The security of these major parties is under serious threat. Our political landscape is crying for change after 50 years of baton passing, spin doctoring, and wealth sharing / selling out to the associates, and finances of these two parties. If you or they can’t see the writing on the wall, you should all make an appointment with Dr. Nigel Barker there in Green Hill. He’s been looming after my vision for years.

  20. Greengiant March 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Robert McDonald you are very wrong. The only reason our visitor numbers don’t increase drastically is because we’ve lost hotels and by extension room stock over the last two to three decades that have never been replaced. The tour operators have to be careful how they sell this country, they’re just not enough rooms. This is a fact I personally know of. For those of you who say the tourism sector drains foreign exchange, you are right. However the biggest consumption of foreign exchange occurs when construction is booming. We import about 90 percent of construction inputs. Plus most of the seniors are foreign nationals too.


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