Comissiong issues fresh warning on Hyatt

Social activist David Comissiong is warning that Hyatt developer Mark Maloney’s Vision Development Inc could be wasting precious time and money if it proceeds with  work on the controversial project before the High Court issues a ruling on the matter.

The US$100 million project is caught up in a legal battle between Comissiong on one side, and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, as the Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning, and Maloney, on the other side.

High Court Judge Sonia Richards in mid-August reserved judgment after hearing arguments from both sides on Comissiong’s suitability to challenge Stuart’s decision to grant planning permission for the 15-storey Hyatt Centric resort on Bay Street, The City.

However, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy told the Democratic Labour Party’s luncheon lecture last Friday that the stalled project would get under way soon.

While Sealy gave no further details, Comissiong warned that any work on the property before the judge announces her decision could turn out to be costly for the developer.

“It’s a matter for Mr Maloney and his company. If they want to take the risk of starting the construction process and spending money in carrying out the beginnings of a construction process and then it turns out a few weeks down the road that the court makes a ruling that the permission given was wrongfully given and needs to be withdrawn, it means that Mr Maloney and his company would have wasted the resources used to do so,” Comissiong said.

The social activist wants a judicial review of the permission granted to Maloney to build the multi-million dollar beachfront resort, arguing there ought to have been an environmental impact assessment; that Stuart had relied on an outdated Physical Development Plan, even though Section 11(1) of the Town & Country Planning Act stipulates that the plan, which is now 14 years old, must be updated every five years; and that the maximum height allowed for beachfront hotels was five storeys, compared to seven storeys for non-beachfront tourist accommodation.

The Prime Minister is fighting back, contending that the activist did not have either a financial or a legal leg on which to stand in the matter.

Comissiong told Barbados TODAY at present there was no injunction against the project, therefore he could not stop Maloney from proceeding.

“From a strictly legal point of view, there is no injunction, so there is nothing to stop them. They would be doing so at their own risk. We are waiting. A lot of law and analysis of the law was put before her [Richards]. In addition to that case though, I know she generally has a very busy schedule as a judge. So we are waiting and when she is ready to deliver her decision, she will do that,” he said.

However, Comissiong called on Government and Maloney to respect the judicial system and allow the judge the opportunity to make a ruling.

“I would hope that out of a sense of respect for the judicial system of Barbados, out of respect for the sense that this matter is now actively before a judge who is considering all that was said and is going through the decision-making process, I would like to think that they would respect that and recognize that it would not be the most seemly thing to proceed with construction in the prevailing circumstances,” Comissiong stressed.

12 Responses to Comissiong issues fresh warning on Hyatt

  1. Alex Alleyne October 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Where are YOU on the beach restriction up in Christ Church.

  2. Jennifer October 2, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Respect?????? Oh gawd. Someone must have told him he can start the ball rolling.

  3. archy perch October 3, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Another political awersehole who – like Tannis- has burned all the bridges. Like a “good” fart the smell seems to never go away. Commi song never sings on behalf of the suffering people in Venezuela, he is very vocal in supporting the Dictator running the show.

  4. Andy Peirce
    Andy Peirce October 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Can you imagine the chaos on Bay St. with taxis, tour buses, etc? Isn’t Bridgetown chaotic enough? Will they build a rectangle concrete and glass building as in Miami, or try to fit in with our history? Take care we don’t Lose our world historical site status! What about the most beautiful beach in Barbados? Will it be covered in umbrellas? Will locals be welcomed on that beach? And on, and on.

  5. Darson October 3, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Archy perch (awersehole) ? did you mean ass hole ?
    if so i totally agree ,maybe a (wannabee) would be more fitting.
    wannabe –Black ,wannabe a political activist – wannabe seen -noticed–
    Trouble with him is no one really take notice of anything he does ,but he keep going and hoping and trying .
    Another thing i can can say for him is, he does not seem to know when he is not wanted.

  6. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love October 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Locals (blacks) will not be welcome with a smile …and will be constantly harass by security guards etc- for tryin to interact the with guess… signs will also be posted to inform guess not to rent Jet Skis etc- from locals ..

  7. charjoy October 3, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Movie: The Rich and the Stupid

    Script: Mike with the clean hands, CostULess Chris , Super rich Mark Maloney and Sealy off to the bank AGAIN. Wanna still brek, poor, black and exploited and cussing Commissiong.

    House slaves: DEM
    Massa: Maloney
    Bussa: Commissiong
    Stupid field slaves: wunna

    • Jennifer October 3, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Bagged charjoy. Long time.

    • Big Man October 3, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Char Coal you and Commie together don’t employ 25 people
      Char Coal is just another Indentured servant well educated and no common sense

  8. John Everatt October 3, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Much as I disagree with most of what Comissiong says I have to agree that the law is the law and until the judge has rendered her decision. If some people are above the law then that makes a mockery of our entire society.

  9. Sam Clarke October 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    This project is must never see the light of day, given all of the environmental, traffic and design problems.
    This is one ugly design, only second to the Eagle Hall market. What Barbados need is a complete redesign of the metropolitan area of Bridgetown, the inner basin of the wharf all the way up to the Globe.
    The entire inner basin must be dredged all the way to the Globe, to facilitate marine vessel and to eliminate the constant flooding that plagues the city.
    The bridges must be raised in the process, so that there is passage for vessels to be berthed the entire the way. This will allow serious tourism development not only of the area, but world sailing events can be accommodated. This will see the revitalization of the maritime ship repair and ship building industry.
    The cruise ship berthing area north of the harbor, must also be done in tandem, along with a massive infrastructure of the road, water and sewer systems.
    No where will the money come from for such development projects?
    Lease out the air and sea ports, to private local and or international companies who have successful track records in this business.
    This will bring significant foreign exchange to the country, in addition to making the country a major transshipment center.
    It is time for the authorities in Barbados to think outside the box, and to stop with the petty piece meal garbage projects, that i clearly geared towards yard fowl political supporters.
    Where have all the great thinkers gone? This country was known for its great ideas and thinkers who brought great projects to fruition. Now we are saddle with Lilliputians,calling themselves economist and financial specialist, who would want us to believe that 20% is greater than 80%. NOW YOU GO DO THE MATH ON THAT, MR. LILLIPUT.
    These are real development that Barbados can do to get out of this economic maelstrom, created by the likes of the economic Lilliputians that inhabit this current Barbados government.
    Now Ambassador Flying fish of the North, shut to hell up and go do some real work.

  10. F.A.Rudder October 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Sam Clarke can you please pull the clout out of your pockets and get your wishful thinking on the ball ? You would benefit those Barbadians who are so wishfully waiting to get a major contract going that would not sink the economy. You may be asking for all city residents to relocate under your plan. Do you have the infrastructure maintained to accommodate this task that you have so suggested ? Mr Clark as far as we know the Ship building and marine repair need lots of square footage. Can you tell me where on Barbados are you expecting to facilitate you good measure? robots and computers have got to be installed before actual manufacturing of parts and fabrications are made. Quite a bit of planning


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