Stop order on Royalton construction lifted, conditionally
Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, says the stop order against Royalton Hotel in Hanover has been lifted.
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.
The Ministry of Local Government then ordered a three-man team to review the circumstances leading to the incident.
McKenzie says the developers can continue the work on the other parts of the property that have not been affected.
However, he says no work will be allowed on the side that collapsed until the developers provide written assurance that they will comply with the building codes.
PHOTO: Desmond McKenzie
McKenzie, who was addressing members of the Negril Chamber of Commerce at the Couples Swept Away Hotel, following a meeting with Royalton on Thursday, said the three-member committee that investigated the collapse recommended the lifting of the stop order on sections of the project found to be structurally sound.
McKenzie said the committee members found that all the structures, except the collapsed one, were sound, and there was no evidence to suggest that approvals were not given for the construction of the property.