Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Public Workers Wayne Walrond, says the Town and Country Planning Department has not returned to a state of normalcy as some workers are still located at its, Garrison, St Michael headquarters.
Walrond told Barbados TODAY that despite some workers being relocated to Warrens, a small segment remains at the facility workers were forced to leave due to environmental issues.
“It is not a complete relocation; the facility cannot hold the total staff. That was a challenge. There is minimal activity happening in the building. It is not business as usual and they are still looking to have the accommodation issue [resolved]. Every effort I understand is being made to deal with the relocation and to ensure that staff are comfortable,”
Walrond said workers remaining at the Town and Country Planning office are not working a full work day as they do not want them exposed to the environmental issues for long periods.
Three weeks ago, Walrond told Barbados TODAY workers walked off the job because they were frustrated with the environmental issues plaguing the Garrison institution ranging from structural leaks to mold.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Warrens Conference Complex otherwise referred to as the ‘Barack Building’ they saw the temporary accommodations of some of the personnel of the Planning Department who declined to speak about their move to the new facilities.
There was signage all around the building which read “Town and Country Planning Office”.
Barbados TODAY was informed the Chief Town Planner was on leave and was due to return on October 31. The Deputy Town Planner was also unavailable to comment on the move.