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Jul 3, 2017

Zoning Battle Continues; P.M., Local Government Await Regulations

Kareem Musa

The House of Representatives also dealt with the issue of the recent pitched battle about noise and other lifestyle issues as a result of concerts and other activities in the so-called “entertainment strip.” It is a four-cornered battle between Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley, his councillors, the various business owners along the Newtown Barracks area, and residents who have complained. Area representative Kareem Musa contends that all his constituents are asking for is consideration from both the local and central Government. As for the matter of zoning regulations for the area, Prime Minister Dean Barrow confirmed that no such regulations have reached either Cabinet or Minister of Local Government Hugo Patt as of Tuesday.

 

Kareem Musa, Area Rep., Caribbean Shores

“There needs to be this synergy, this chemistry; not just the City Council is to blame, but the other relevant bodies, like the Police Department; like the Department of Environment – and again that is under your administration – all these entities need to work together. So it’s not that the residents want to shut down everything; they are willing to work along with the Mayor, willing to work along with Police but they want to be able to have a hotline to call, someone to appeal to. So, Madam Speaker, there is a delicate balance that needs to be made and I think the Mayor is cognizant of that now; it might be a little too late, but I believe personally that is is better late than never, so there is that balance, Madam Speaker, and I am just appealing to the relevant authorities to play their part, because we all… (Interruption) That has nothing to do with it, Mr. Member for Mesop; you could imagine living out there and not being able to sleep? You don’t have to go through it! But you have no consideration, that is your problem.  No consideration.”

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“When you made the point but that Government is also involved, especially from the point of view of zoning and that there were zoning regulations that we were to consider on Tuesday – I am telling you that if the Mayor told you that, then the Mayor did not speak the truth; there were no regulations before Cabinet on Tuesday. If the Mayor said that – I don’t know whether he did – but if the Mayor said that, I am telling you that is untrue, there were no regulations scheduled to come to Cabinet on Tuesday, and as far as I know from checking now with the Minister of Local Government, there are no regulations on his desk that are awaiting submission to Cabinet, so please. To the extent that the City Council and the residents need to work this thing out, and to the extent that we can agree that there will be in the mix a need and a place for regulations, let the City Council work on these regulations – I would imagine they will have to be approved by the Ministry of Local Government – and let us get to it.”

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