Two days after developer Mark Maloney expressed frustration over the delay in getting the US$200 million controversial Hyatt Centric Resort off the ground, a Government minister is doing the same.
Minister of Health John Boyce this afternoon described the current hold up as absolutely frustrating, saying, “I certainly as a member of Cabinet and indeed as a Barbadian, cannot see any good reason, that having met the conditions of the Town Planner in full, why this project cannot now be executed for the full benefit of [Barbados].
“I get the impression that we recognize the need for this development, we understand the conditions under which the development has to occur, we set the ground rules for the developer, the developer meets the ground rules to every extent, Mr Speaker, and yet there is this resistance which underpins the execution and it is absolutely frustrating,” an emotional Boyce told members of the House of Assembly, in making his contribution to a land resolution in support of a heritage tourism development in the north of the island.
Calling attention to an article published by Barbados TODAY on Thursday in which Maloney did not hide his the frustration over the delay in getting the 15-storey Hyatt project off the ground, Boyce said he thought the Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic, for whose constituency the multi-million dollar development has been earmarked, should have also publicly expressed concern that the project was not yet up and running.
“I know in his heart of hearts he supports the project at Hyatt,” Boyce said in reference to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party representative.
The $200 million hotel project, a vital part of Government’s plan for economic recovery, has been the subject of a court battle for the past several months, with attorney-at-law David Comissiong challenging Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s decision to give the go ahead for the proposed project.
Stuart, who is the Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning, has also challenged Comissiong’s request for a judicial review of the permission granted to Maloney to build the multi-storey hotel, arguing that the social activist did not have either a financial or legal leg on which to stand in the matter.
However, it is not clear when the current legal wrangling over the proposed Bay Street development will end.