Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, says the Hanover Parish Council will have some serious questions to answer, following yesterday’s collapse of a section of a building at the Royalton Hotel under construction in Negril.
The Hanover Parish Council approved the building permits for the development.
They’re also responsible for ensuring that the conditions of the permits are adhered to.
Mr. McKenzie says he’s received a preliminary report from the Parish Council, citing eleven concerns about the Royalton development.
Mr. McKenzie says it’s unlikely the hotel will meet its scheduled February 2017 opening date, as the entire structure now needs to be examined.
The Local Government Minister is adamant that he will not allow international developers to break Jamaican laws.
Meanwhile, CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust, JET, Diana McCaulay, says the breaches at the Royalton Hotel construction site were well known to authorities.
Ms. McCaulay says even though authorities were aware of the breaches, construction was allowed to continue.