I would like to thank Minister of Planning Camille Robinson-Regis for the changes she instituted when she came into power in 2015.
However, since the beginning of this year, it appears all these changes have come to zero.
Applications are taking longer than eight months, with no explanations as to why coming from anyone in authority. There are some people, though, who get their approvals in less than two months...
I am calling on those in authority to deal with this delay because it’s causing developers a tremendous amount of losses. Sometimes a house is completed and we have to wait months to get an approved plan, when the statutory period is two months.
It’s the exact same thing with subdivisions. I remember in years gone by, Town and Country would write asking for an extension. Now that courtesy has gone out the window. You can’t even get through to the office, much less ask about an outstanding application.
We know most governmental agencies have no customer care, but with the impending “online application” process coming at the Town and Country Department, I see no improvements with the process.
After all the seminars, all the advertisements, the fact remains—we will continue to remain a Third World nation with this type of service.