Updated May 14, 2011
Canadian geologist Professor Hans Machel testified the week of May 9, 2011 at the Coroner’s Inquest into the deaths of the Codrington family at Arch Cot. We’ll be putting up a new Arch Cot story, but for now have a read or re-read of our March 13, 2011 piece about the Mottley family connection and the unanswered questions about how a powerful Barbados family received land permissions when others were denied…
Powerful Mottley family obtained Arch Cot land use permissions denied to previous owner!
Will the Arch Cot Inquest follow up on our story?
“The Mottley family bought Arch Cot scrub land that couldn’t be built on and then got planning permission when the previous owner couldn’t. They made some quick and easy money.”
“Look at these documents I’ve attached. The people of Barbados deserve an explanation from the Mottley family and from the government officials who granted the land use permissions to the Mottleys that they refused to give the previous owner.”
The following was received via an anonymous emailer. Once again we remind all readers to keep an open mind and to keep asking the questions that need to be asked. Just because somebody says so, doesn’t make it true, but this story should be simple enough that the coroner could find the truth if she wants to.
And if the Mottley family or anyone else has a different version of this story, or wishes provide an explanation or to correct the public record, we’re happy to publish anything they send us: unedited and without comment. We’ll give their writing the same prominence with the same readership.
Dear Barbados Free Press,
The Arch Cot lot that collapsed into the cave should never have been built on and for years there was a stipulation on the land that it could not be build on because it was caved. I read in Barbados Today that Attorney David Comissiong is calling the Town and Country Planning Department “negligent” and saying that Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins didn’t make any effort to look into the planning and permissions history of the lot that collapsed.
I am not surprised that Chief Town Planner Mark Cummins didn’t produce a proper historical report on the land – because a hard look at the permissions history of Arch Cot would show all kinds of mischief. Some of that mischief involved a very powerful name in Barbados politics, law and business: the Mottley family.
Research has shown that a Mrs. Gill, nee Yearwood, sold the land to an attorney-at-law about 1978 for $200,000. These acres of land included the Arch Cot Mansion House was sold to St Cyprians School, and the remaining 4 acres were developed into housing.
Most of the plots were sold, and the buildings privately erected, but the developer built the apartment block immediately over the cave. I am reliably informed that Mrs Stuart told the purchaser that the land should not be built on, and warned him of the existence of caves on the land, and that was the reason why it had not been developed before.
The adjoining land under the hill was owned by Brooks, and he had also put in an application for development for light industry. Permission was granted by Town & Country Planning, but not Lot 5, which was on top of the hill. When Brooks could not get permission for change of use, he sold it to a company, one of whose members was a politician and attorney-at-law. Six months later permission was granted for change of use, which had been refused to Brooks. This company is MRD Investments Ltd., registered on 26th April, 1999, no. 16876.
That politician associated with MRD Investments Ltd. is none other than Mia Mottley, and it was under the Barbados Labour Party government that Mottley’s company was able to obtain land permissions that were denied to the previous owner for the good reason that the site was caved.
Only six months after the Mottley’s purchased the land, permission was granted for change of use which had been refused to Brooks. The land was now very valuable! Why could Brooks not get building permission for Lot 5 for years but a politician and powerful family can right away?
Why are politically connected people quickly able to obtain land use permissions that are denied for years to the original owners of lands? That is a good question when we consider how permissions were given to build on the lot that collapsed and killed the Codrington family.
It is the same old story of a property owner who cannot get permission to build, but when he sold it to the Mottley family, the Mottleys got permission lickity quick and made money. Same old story happens all the time in Barbados but there is some paperwork on this one somewhere.
The registration for the company says that MRD Investments Ltd was incorporated on April 26, 1999.
On October 1, 1999, Warren Douglas Mottley resigned as a director. That doesn’t mean he gave up his shares. He resigned as a director leaving Philip Roger Foster and Dean Emile Straker as Directors.
Here it be:
Rocket to August 15, 2006 and Philip Roger Foster, Mia Amor Mottley, Dean Emile Straker, MRD Investments Ltd., St. Lawrence Management Limited are doing business with some condominiums nothing to do with Arch Cot, it’s only showing the connections after all they years.
Here it be:
Then look at another document date July 21, 2003 with Edam Inc. and Elliott Deighton Mottley and wifey Santa Amor Mottley and MRD Investments Ltd. Nothing to do with Arch Cot. We talking connections of peoples and companies only. Who knows who is the shareholders and real owners?
Here it be:
I have other documents and will send them when I have time. This will do for a starter. The Coroner should be investigating this to see what really happened to lands at Arch Cot. She shouldn’t take any backtalk from the Planning Department too.
Town Planner’s permission stamp: Connection to Arch Cot?
I read in the papers that the police are investigating the “misuse” or forgery of the Town Planner’s permission stamp. The paper doesn’t say what it’s about. Could it be a cover-up to say that “no-one” gave the permission to build at Arch Cot? It would be convenient if the permissions history remained a big mystery, wouldn’t it?
The paper says the fraudulent use of the town planner stamp was “recent” so maybe it has nothing to do with Arch Cot but I don’t trust Town Planning Department. Too many stories about landowners who can’t get permission to build and they they sell the land and the new politician owner gets planning permission right away.
That is how the Mottley family bought Arch Cot scrub land that couldn’t be built on and then got planning permission when the previous owner couldn’t. They made some quick and easy money.
That is only one politically powerful family in Barbados, and there are many families like that as we know. What other lands did the Mottley’s own and were given permissions for some quick and dirty profits? What other powerful families have made similar quick land profits when they obtained land use permissions that were denied to others?
Further Reading at Barbados Free Press…
February 15, 2011: More Damning Evidence that Arch Cot Inquest is a last-minute sham
October 9, 2010: Surprise Inquest called into Barbados Arch Cot cave deaths
On May 4, 2009 a member of the Codrington family wrote this to Barbados Free Press…
“BFP harps and will keep harping because everybody waited till Monday morning before they did anything.
They will keep harping because Donavere died August 28th not 26th.
They will keep harping because they could not even determine who was who when they finally started pulling bodies out.
They will keep harping because we still have clothing that stink with the smell of death.
And they will keep going because even if you had wanted to accept that it was just a tragedy… the actions of the BLP and now DLP government prove that someone is responsible.
Those Ministers sat at Arch Cot everyday, drinking alcohol and eating up feasts donated by hotels and restaurants across Barbados. Then the BLP proceeded to use Arch Cot pictures and pictures of us grieving all over their stinking manifesto and that’s why they lost, because God don’t like ugly. Everyone one of them will suffer until they step up and do what is right.
GO BFP, THE CODRINGTON FAMILY THANK YOU. WE WANT TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS, WE WANT AN INQUEST AND WE WANT A LAWYER THAT GOT THE FRIGGIN BALLS, CAUSE THE LAST SET DON’T SEEM TO HAVE ANY. THEY DROPPED THE CODRINGTONS FOR A BETTER DEAL AND THAT IS HOW WE KNOW THAT SOMEONE RESPONSIBLE.”
Originally written at BFP here