Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lowe told: Bring licence or quit

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Kerrie Symmonds, the Barbados Labour Party?candidate for St James Central, is calling on Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe to produce the licence relating to the transfer of the Bagatelle Metal Dump within 24 hours or resign.
The dump, which was being used by Government for the collection of discarded metal, was recently transferred to businessman Andrew Bynoe, whose brother Paul is in the process of transferring his plastic and metal dump to that location.
However, while Andrew Bynoe has publicly confirmed that Government transferred the land to him as part payment for his land at River Bay, St Lucy, Lowe has said nothing about the deal, which angered residents in the Hoytes Village, St James, and Bagatelle, St Thomas communities.
Senator Symmonds, who is also an attorney at law, said yesterday that Lowe “must explain to Barbados the circumstances in which the land currently vested in the Crown has been disposed of and is being used for fresh purposes”.
Symmonds said that if the transfer was done by way of a licence, “then I am calling on the minister to publicly state to whom the licence was granted, the purposes for which it was granted and when it was granted”.
He explained that the only other way that the minister could have permitted the land transfer was through the approval of Parliament, pursuant to the Crown Lands And Disposal Act, “and that has not happened”, he said. (MB)

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