St George South MP and Shadow Minister of Labour Dwight Sutherland is no longer employed by Rock Hard Cement.
Today, Sutherland revealed that his consultancy contract with the embattled company had not been renewed and therefore he was no longer associated with the company.
However, he refused to comment on the ongoing controversy between the developer Mark Maloney and the island’s Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins even though his political leader Mia Mottley has recently been in the forefront of criticisms of Maloney-led developments.
As she led off debate in the House of Assembly on a no-confidence motion in the Freundel Stuart administration last month, Mottley questioned whether a number of projects undertaken by the developer had been approved by the Town & Country Planning Development Office (TCPDO) before they were actually allowed to get off the ground.
She identified the entrance to the Villages at Coverley off the ABC Highway and the construction of the gas station in the development; Rock Hard Cement operations at the old Flour Mill site; the construction of the Valery housing units in Brittons Hill; and the Bushy Park redevelopment.
In the case of the latter project in St Philip, Mottley had raised questions about a fence and ticket booth being constructed on the old railway track and the construction of the first of five planned clusters of luxury car suites. She had also asked why the gas station in the Villages of Coverley was continuing operations, in defiance of TCPDO’s instructions for the removal of houses within 50 metres of the service station.
However, Sutherland has stayed clear of such controversy given his recent employment as consultant for Maloney on the cement project.