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Committee recommends conditional lifting of stop order at Royalton

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 2:47 PM
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie lifts the Royalton report as he addressed the Hanover Parish Council meeting this morning. In the background is Lucea mayor Wynter McIntosh - Claudia Gardner Photo

Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says the committee that investigated the collapse at the Royalton hotel site in Negril, Hanover, has recommended the lifting of a stop order on sections of the project found to be structurally sound, once the developers provide written assurance that they will comply with the building codes.

On May 10, the Hanover Parish Council issued a 30-day stop order on construction at the site after a section of the building collapsed injuring five workers.

McKenzie, then ordered a three-man team to review the circumstances leading to the incident.

READ: Gov't halts construction at Royalton, names three-member review team

Speaking this morning at the Hanover Parish Council, McKenzie said the committee found that that all the structures, except the collapsed one, were structurally sound.

IN PHOTO: A part of the collapsed building at the Royalton Hotel in Negril

The team also found breaches of the 98-condition planning approval at the collapsed section.

McKenzie said he would be meeting with the Royalton management this afternoon to discuss the recommendations of the committee.

"They (Royalton) have to accept and give timelines as to how they will adhere to the recommendations of the committee," McKenzie said.

He also said the Hanover Parish Council was cleared of any missteps in granting the approvals for the construction.

IN PHOTO: Officials touring the site at the Royalton hotel

However, McKenzie said the Council had done a poor job of monitoring the work site.

"Ninety-eight conditions were handed down by the council... But if that site was being monitored as it ought to, then what took place could have been avoided," he said.

McKenzie said the committee has also found that the Council needs to be strengthened in the technical department of its operations and seek to employ two new building officers.