No gimmick!

Developers defend latest hyatt move

Developer Mark Maloney has taken exception to suggestions that an attempt to engage the public on the controversial multi-million dollar Hyatt Centric Hotel project at Bay Street, The City was nothing more than a public relations (PR) stunt.

“This is not a PR stunt, it is a PR requirement of what we are doing and nothing that we are doing is going to be branded as a stunt or circumventing of processes.

“We have done everything that we have been required to do and we will pass on all questions to do with those requirements of us to the regulatory agencies who are responsible for giving permission for these types of projects,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Saturday’s “public interactive discussion” at the proposed site.

Ahead of the session, attorney-at-law and social activist David Comissiong had described the event as “a callous slap in the face” of all Barbadians and “a monumental insult to our intelligence”.

“Indeed, these people [the developers] are so contemptuous of us that they are bold-facedly holding a public town hall meeting or as they term it, ‘a public interactive discussion’, not during the period of the processing of the application; not prior to the [Prime Minister, who is the minister responsible for Town Planning] making a decision on the application, but some four months after the minister has made his decision to grant permission to construct the controversial hotel,” Comissiong said in a press release last Friday.

The social activist, who is currently challenging the project in the law courts on 12 grounds, including that the requisite environmental impact assessment (EIA) was not carried out, had also accused the meeting organizers of cherry picking participants.

However, the developers, who have also been heavily criticized for not staging any town hall meetings with the public, have sought to assure that there was no sinister motivation behind Saturday’s event and that they were prepared to follow the required procedure.

Maloney further assured that contrary to Comissiong’s suggestion, his company’s efforts to reach out the public were by no means an afterthought but was contemplated in the planning process months ago.

“The interactive session was part of our overall plan for the project, it is not a town hall meeting and it was never our intention to have this as a replacement for a town hall meeting. This interactive session is something we are going to do on an ongoing basis to invite the people from the surrounding areas so that we could share with them what we are doing and to hear from them how they feel,” he said.

However, it is going take more than a one-off meet and greet before all concerns surrounding the construction of the multi-million dollar tourism development are allayed, Member of Parliament for The City Colonel Jeffrey Bostic has declared.

With questions surrounding the possible impact on The City’s UNESCO heritage status, infrastructure and coast, yet to be answered, Bostic, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative, was among the sparse attendees at last weekend’s session hosted by the project developer.

He told Barbados TODAY that having heard the concerns of constituents, he was not ready to give the US$100 million coastal development his full blessing.

“Coming here this morning I was able to get some answers to some of the concerns that I had, there are some others that I still have to pursue and I am not quite sure where the project is going at this point in time and I would continue to pursue those.

“All of my concerns have not been fully addressed but some have. I have not had the opportunity to ask about a number of things but I certainly plan to do so in the coming days, but at least this a step in right direction,” Bostic said.

He revealed the issue of sewage treatment and the possible impact on the already overworked Bridgetown sewage plant were discussed at length with the developers, adding that thus far he was happy with what he had heard on the matter.

“We were told this morning that the hotel is going to have its own sewage treatment system, which would be underground, so that is good to hear. The traffic plan was also an area of concern as there would be an impact in this area as talk of redirection of traffic had arisen. I was given assurances that the road was going to be widened and that there would be no redirection of traffic through the Wellington Street area as we were hearing before,” he added.

Like Comissiong, Bostic chided the developers for not fulfilling the Town & Country Planning requirement of holding town hall meetings, and noted that outreach effort did not meet this threshold, although the meeting was a step in the right direction.

While Bostic would not comment on Comissiong’s other grounds before the court, including the failure of Government to have public consultations and the EIA, he was adamant people had a right to know about the major changes in their environment.

“I think this is one of the entire components that was sadly lacking that is providing the information for the general public and more so, for the residents of the areas that immediately surround this project site. I say that because in the absence of the town hall meeting which is normally requirement for these things and that has not happened, myself and a lot of the residents were not sure about what is actually going to happen,” the Opposition legislator said, while lamenting the fact that hardly any of the directly impacted residents was on hand to ventilate their concerns.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

23 Responses to No gimmick!

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    PR stunt um is! Wunna done got everything in ink, and have no intention of turning back, but want to fool d public into a meeting! Ain’t like wunna would stop if half of Bim turn up and loudly say no!

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  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 13, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Who is this man ,does anyone know ?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd June 13, 2017 at 6:01 am

      HE IS THE MAN WHO CONTROL AND TELL THE DEMS WHAT TO DO AND WHAT HE WANT ((BALONEY))

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner June 13, 2017 at 7:58 am

      He is one of de real power players shot callers running Barbados not useless politicians.

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  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 13, 2017 at 2:55 am

    He own we

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    • harry turnover June 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

      No… he own DEM !!…. like he think people foolish not to recognize this as just a STUNT.
      The PM has ALREADY given PERMISSION. Of course it is a PR REQUIREMENT that should have been DONE BEFORE permission was granted.
      M M that is akin to a man ejaculating and then putting on a condom for round 2.

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      • Tee White June 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm

        Lol…….but spot on. Some people really tink we stupid. Steuuuuupse

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  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 13, 2017 at 2:58 am

    The people in the city going to cry out .In establish hotel citizens cannot go to ply they traded, even our beach they want to take away.

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  5. Santini More
    Santini More June 13, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Do not insult our intelligence Maloney, of course it was a bloody PR stunt! You may be able to ‘induce’ Ministers to forget they have a brain, but we the public are not so easily beguiled.

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  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 13, 2017 at 5:10 am

    How the heck you get so big up in Barbados so fast? You really got bajans class up as a bunch of illiterate negrocrats with IQs nothing short of wet back ducks. You are only getting away with this type of shyte because you paid for the finance campaign of the Dumbest Labour Party, and now all of them got to sing from your hymn sheet. But, you know what, you right to do it. You just provided the bribe and the jackazzes came running.

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  7. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 13, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Stupse what ah Baloney

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  8. Carson C Cadogan June 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

    MARK MALONEY has done more for Barbados than Comissiong will ever do in 10 lifetimes.

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  9. Carson C Cadogan June 13, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Comissiong is a joke. Rev. Comissiong,His father, must be turning in his grave when noting what he has become.

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  10. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe June 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Wonder if d rubbish building nx door will be demolished and the area will be a grand entrance ..will be nice too

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  11. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Of course it’s a friggging PR stunt should have been done at beginning when plans were being made not now work has started,once again things in Barbados being done like it’s 1917 not 2017.

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  12. Kevin June 13, 2017 at 8:33 am

    When Commissong going down Skeete’s Bay?

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  13. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose June 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I dont know why bajans keep letting this jagoff get away with corruption, this Mf Is all abkut expolting the Island for personal gain i:e COINS quit giving this wazzock goverment contrzcts and award them to “local black contractors” WHITE my people is not right.
    Take back the island from ROBBER BARON CARPET BAGGERS.
    BIM4LYF!!!

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  14. Alex Alleyne June 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Commie won’t touch Skeete’s Bay wid a 10 foot pole.

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  15. Milli Watt June 13, 2017 at 9:41 am

    give me DAVID ahead of BULL-ONEY anytime however a RAM might win on TASTE. this causing a lot of unease for good reason elections on the horizon and the lobby is stronger now but given the slow grind of the judicial system this AG might get a dose of his own medicine. A result on this might be years down the road. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. George Williams June 13, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Everbody is entitled to their own opinion. However I do not see Mr Commissiong employing nobody or is he heading any investmènts that is progressive for Barbados. Anyone can oppose progress. Come on hive the grren light let us get this Hotel built.

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  17. Helicopter(8P) June 13, 2017 at 11:54 am

    “So here we are with a major tourist income earner sitting in limbo”! Barbados is now opening up to the Orient and other Pacific states as a tourist destination and we are stuck with slow processing of legal injunctions and all of that! Well I can tell you Hyatt Regency International has no plans in attempting to place their property and staff in jeopardy or to be politically inclined in their day to day business! Japan is a new and potential area of tourist and diplomatic business as also South Korea in which Hyatt has been operating in positive and friendly atmosphere! I would like to see this matter of concern to the general public of Barbados resolved with good measure and principal. I know with today’s technology in the construction-engineering business, OSHA and other environmental decision ; precautions are put into effect without harm to the existing.

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  18. L King June 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    @Carson

    You is a butt kisser and the type to sell his daughter and wife for a roast breadfruit.

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    • Tee White June 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Yep!!!

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