SBC has taken on the Planning Authority lynch man Gerald Hoarau the Chairman. Mr. Hoarau is a surveyor by profession, whose hobby is raising dogs and studying the Town and Country Planning Act of 1974 in his past time, which he refers to as the “Bible”. It is noteworthy that the private sector is suffering greatly from lack of sufficient land surveyors.
Mr. Hoarau has no children. Perhaps he does not understand the pain he causes, when his procedures delay plans, for a family, and cost them money, beyond planning fees.
I wonder if Mr. Hoarau has ever sat down to calculate the damage he has done to the economy of Seychelles, over the years? It is tremendous, I suspect. Its time to put an end to it, and it is time to say Bye, Bye Mr. Hoarau if he cannot catch up to 2014.
The People of Seychelles, from all parties, except for the Seychelles Russian Club and Seychelles Arab League who get what they want from the Planning process, has had enough.
Beware of Fanatics of The Unholy Bible
Mr. Hoarau has taken on a zealous fanatical convert state of mind concerning the Town and Country Planning Act of 1974, before most of us were ever born. He says on SBC, “there are too many tricks, by agents submitting works, they must be dealt with and punished severely……… they must be punished…they must feel the pain”.
The zeal that Mr. Hoarau says all these things is represented in his action over the last Two (2) years. It is clear to me, as a user of Planning, that Mr. Hoarau has declared war on dubious draughtsmen, and technically more proficient architects then himself.
The world is changing from those early days of 1974. But Planning Authority is not changing. Mr. Hoarau is still calling a 1974 law: The Bible. Something is not clicking where it should.
To refresh our recollection, Mr. Hoarau had a mandate that appears he forgot when he took the post as Chairman of the Planning Authority. He was mandated to clear up the back log of planning applications; he was mandated to bring the Planning Authority into the digital age in the application, consideration, approval process. It seems he forgot this fundamental and important mandate, given the rapid lose of Human Resources and has chosen instead to become the hang man of the draughtsmen, and architects trying to earn a living, with what knowledge have, as best as they have, given the education the system has provided them.
Mr. Hoarau forgot about the people behind the plans. Behind each application submitted in Eight copies, are real people, real families waiting for a house or investment. When they suffer, Seychelles economy suffers. When your image is bad, it spoils Seychelles image as an investment zone. You make Rupert Simon’s job at Seychelles Investment Bureau impossible.
Screw The Mandate
Applications must be submitted in Eight copies, hardcopy.
Why are applications not submitted by pen drive or electronic transfer, then forwarded by Planning on to other ministries instantly. Get rid of the paper Mr. Hoarau if the paper does not get rid of you before you act.
Mr. Hoarau says a reply is communicated in Six (6) weeks. What happen to Fourteen (14) days Mr. Hoarau? Each reply is Six (6) weeks and it can drag out for years like a court case.
Mr. Hoarau does not tell us a hard truth: the ministries that receive the Eight (8) copies, of applications, no longer have capable human resources to study the plans, make valuable recommendations, and work effectively with the engineers, architects and developer. We have run out of qualified human resource in this field. It is over. They are gone. What we do have is not enough to cope with the demand.
Instead of amending the process, prioritize projects according to location ie more attention to Town projects vs, rural projects, Mr. Hoarau is hell bent on implementing all provisions of his Bible yet he forgets, the law is a colonial law and it is out dated, remedial, and is the single most predominate cause of slowing Seychelles economy, with his 100% support today. Beware of the over zealot bureaucrats - allowed unfettered discretion he will destroy your country, to the point he will give Madagascar an opportunity to shine.
One application request Mr. Hoarau ask that the foot print of buildings on a plot is not more than 20% of the total area. What are we going to do with the rest of the land? Leave it as a monument? The balance will have to be gardened. Who will do this, Mr. Hoarau? More GOP?
Another request Mr. Hoarau makes on the same application. Submit a topographical survey detailing all elevations, for a house. Mr. Hoarau, do you know we have a shortage of surveyors in Seychelles? Do you know how much a Topal cost? Yet you have a GIS and Google Earth available to see all contours of all land in Seychelles, accurately. My 13 year old uses it. Why Mr. Hoarau cannot use it?
After that is over with, Mr. Hoarau is not finished with us. He then ask us for a detail landscaping plan for plants and fauna with color schemes for a home.
Mr. Hoarau, you want to control our garden? That is what I call a control freak, proposing to control the garden of a private housing estate. Where did you go to school anyway? Cuba?
It is conclusive, that you have turned into a Town and Country Born Again Fanatic-extremist.
Time to go to save Seychelles!
If you want to stay Mr. Hoarau, take your Town and Country Planning Act, call me and I will bring my copy of the Constitution to you, and show you how you should interpret your inferior legislation to the Constitution in relation to every single issue of the Town and Country Planning Act. I offer this service for free, because I know no one in the AG office can interpret a Constitution in relation to inferior laws.
Then when you implement what I tell you, the GOS will love you, the People will love you, you will not have to rely on your dogs for love.
In the meantime, watch your back and get some body guards. Its open season on you, according to the State House Media Plan, the templates at SBC, and the the Market. They say they raise the price of fish to Scr. 1,000.00 for Red Snapper because of you, since you gave the Russian a free for all. Is that true?
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!