Comissiong wins round one of Hyatt challenge

A legal victory for attorney-at-law David Comissiong today.

The High Court today gave the green light for him to proceed with his legal challenge to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s decision – in his capacity as minister responsible for Town Planning – to give the go ahead to the controversial Hyatt development on Bay Street, St Michael.

 David Comissiong (left)  in the company of fellow attorney Bobby Clarke (right). 

 Stuart’s lead attorney Hal Gollop had argued that Comissiong had no local standing on which to challenge the Prime Minister’s approval of the multi-million dollar development, which is seen as critical to this island’s tourism fortunes.

However, following today’s ruling, Gollop immediately served notice that he would be appealing the decision.

29 Responses to Comissiong wins round one of Hyatt challenge

  1. Rosanna Lewis
    Rosanna Lewis December 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Now that standing have been proven. Let’s see how this progress.

  2. Concerned Barbadian December 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    There must always be an alternative action which would be plan B. Priority one would be our sewer infrastructure that had been compromised from inception by prior administrations. Makes no sence in further construction on the City and South coast. It’s now a time for looking at our physical structure plans and critiqueing our Town and country planning department on their performances. Such engineering data as load factors, specific densities, and bed-rock data must be allocated.

  3. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz December 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    So if the Hyatt development is so critical to tourism, why did we have to give everything away to sandals, and sell the Hilton…….just asking

  4. hcalndre December 20, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I knew that going to Cave Hill and Trinidad don`t make you a good lawyer. Comissiong have made Gollop and Stuart look stupid and here Gollop wants to appeal to the CCJ when he knows that Stuart don`t like the decisions of the CCJ. Who is paying Gollop, or is he working pro bono? I hope its not the tax payers` money.

    • Leroy December 20, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      It is the tax payers, instead of using lawyers already drawing tax payers salaries from the legal council office, he choose his good ole buddy Hal Gallop.

      This judgement shows the reckless judgement of our PM.

  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    This is as a result of attempting to transact & negotiate in the blackness of night & not under the glaring light of transparency. Next stop, Hilton.

  6. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford December 20, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Why did someone not try to block Hilton sale

  7. Santini More
    Santini More December 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Well done Mr. Comissiong!

  8. Alex Alleyne December 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    After elections, on every square inch of BIM you will see some “real estate” goin up.
    All PARTISAN POLITICS, oh my sweet Barbados when will it all end for the GOOD of COUNTRY.

  9. Sheron Inniss December 20, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Yippee. Mr C lick them good. Every thing in moderation. No more hotels on the coast.

    • Jennifer December 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Not so fast sheron. We got some big game players here. This is only the start.

  10. Shayne Guzman
    Shayne Guzman December 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Step up…it takes only one

  11. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy December 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Really now hyatt will build cause it will end back in court

  12. luther thorne December 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm


  13. Sue Donym December 20, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you, Mr Comissiong for your principles and commitment. We must not compromise ourselves at every offer. We should never be so desperate as to forsake our own planning and environmental standards. Investors have their interests and we must preserve ours!

  14. Jennifer December 20, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    @Leroy – is this really reckless judgement by the PM or is this the submissive, subjective, sub-thinking nature they demonstrate when it comes to showing certain people who is boss. Obviously the PM is a yes man when it comes to certain things and people and more than likely a ***n. well done Commi,. That lot selling a foot to use a crutch. Rethink and revamp your education system which was given to you like everything else. That should be a good starter.

  15. Bajan boy December 20, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Gollop cant even win a cock fight. Johnnie come lately

    • MARIA Holder December 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      You don’t have to win to collect a col $M plus

      • MARIA Holder December 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm


  16. MARIA Holder December 20, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    If they were not cocky and arrogant, all this time the Study could have been done

  17. Darson December 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    The High Court today gave the green light for him to proceed with his legal challenge to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s decision – in his capacity as minister responsible for Town Planning
    Am I missing something : He now has the right to proceed with his legal Challenge . If for some reason he win before the next election is called and the project is not allowed , how long will it take to have it reversed if the investors are still interested .i know of hotels on the coast bigger than that and no threat to sea or land ; it is high time all major buildings should have a modern STP .some of what I see there is just a laughing matter .Standards are way too low and some of the persons that should be correcting this and other matter are fast asleep , and why not , dont blame me . blame Stewart, Estwick , Sealey ……….

  18. Darson December 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    What if He loose and is Sued for Damages.
    Do you really believe he has a real case ?
    I Doubt, but I wish him luck and I hope his pockets are deep .

  19. Bajan USA December 20, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I never set foot in any SECONDARY SCHOOL in barbados but i got something call commonsense. I move to America start a company that build very large building. From what i know the sewage system cant handle the volume from a high rise hotel.

    SOLUTION: Move the hotel inland to the barbados countryside.
    Matter Of fact. I would love to see hotels l through out the country side of barbados.

    Dont tell me that it cant happen!

  20. BIG SKY December 20, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    As I said in all my previous post,this man Comissiong is a small giant, he is humble and simple and fights for the poor and for any cause that will impact negatively on his fellow man.He is not a lawyer looking to collect lots of monetary wealth at the expense of selling his soul.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS MAN AS PRIME MINISTER IN THE FUTURE.

  21. Ralph W Talma December 21, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Well done Mr Comissiong and good luck for the future.


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