CH&PA has not granted stor­age bond ap­proval af­ter six months

Stabroek News - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor, We have ap­plied to the Neigh­bour­hood Demo­cratic Coun­cil of­fice which is Bux­ton/Foulis, for ap­proval of a build­ing de­sign for a stor­age bond. The de­sign was sub­mit­ted along with sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, and the rel­e­vant fees were paid. We were in­formed by the lovely staff at the NDC that they didn’t have the author­ity to deal with it, be­cause of the type of build­ing for which we had re­quested ap­proval. This is be­cause a lo­cal govern­ment law states that only a fam­ily dwelling house can be ap­proved by the NDC.

The NDC then sent the de­sign to the Cen­tral Hous­ing and Plan­ning Author­ity for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion and ap­proval, which I un­der­stand is the stan­dard pro­to­col.

Edi­tor it has now been over six months and we are still await­ing a re­sponse from the CH&PA on this sim­ple mat­ter of an ap­proval. This stor­age bond when com­pleted will

cre­ate em­ploy­ment for over fifteen res­i­dents from the com­mu­nity of Bach­e­lor’s Ad­ven­ture on the lower East Coast of De­marara. I have heard sto­ries of this process tak­ing weeks to com­plete, but it’s now been months. If this coun­try is se­ri­ous about busi­ness and grow­ing the econ­omy, we need to move faster and not have th­ese sim­ple hin­drances to do­ing busi­ness.

We are kindly ask­ing the rel­e­vant of­fice to look into this mat­ter and give con­sid­er­a­tion to our plan, so work can com­mence. Yours faith­fully, Ravin Ramoutar

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