The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, and the Hanover Parish Council are this afternoon coming under fire from the Negril Chamber of Commerce, NCC over their alleged failure to properly supervise the construction of the Royalton Hotel in the resort town.

A section of the hotel collapsed yesterday injuring five workers.

A Director of the NCC, Sophia Grizzle, says both NEPA and the Parish Council failed to ensure that the hotel’s construction was in keeping with the development order for Negril.

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Ms. Grizzle says the local authorities failed in the first place by not requiring an Environmental Impact Assessment study to be done on the construction of the hotel.

According to Ms. Grizzle, last year she used the Access to Information Act in order to view the building plan that the hotel’s developers had submitted for approval. But she says NEPA has not responded to the request.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Grizzle is calling for all foreign developers to be registered with the Professional Engineers Registration Board before they are able to carry out work in Jamaica.

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