Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Rock Hall squatters' fear eased by PM; relocation plans confirmed

Squatters in Rock Hall near the perimeter of the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Squatters in Rock Hall near the perimeter of the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Some Rock Hall neighbours may get to stick together when relocated by the government.

The fears of persons squatting on land in Rock Hall after receiving notices recently have been eased somewhat by Barbados' leader.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has explained that residents who were served with enforcement notices last week, need not become anxious.

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Assuring the squatters that government remains committed to solving the problem of squatting at Rock Hall, St Philip and will do so in a fair, reasonable and humane manner, she said that the notices are but a first step.

Furthermore, she noted that while authorities are planning to have discussions with every household in the district to provide further details, in the interim, anyone who was served with an enforcement notice can visit the Town and Country Development Planning Office, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St Michael, to have any questions
answered. Residents can also call 535-3000 or 535-3042.

This announcement came via the Government Information Service.

Why were enforcement notices issued?

The press release went on to state that the Prime Minister, who is responsible for town planning matters, pointed out that the notices were a necessary part of the process that would allow Government to cleanly acquire the land at Rock Hall while facilitating the resettlement of the residents.

Having met with senior officials of the Town and Country Development Planning Office on Monday evening, October 14, for the latest round of discussions on the Rock Hall solution, the Prime Minister confirmed that areas earmarked for the resettlement included Parish Land and Dodds in St Philip; Fairy Valley and Searles in Christ Church; and Chance Hall in St Lucy.

The objective, the Prime Minister explained, is to resettle the more than 300 Rock Hall households in existing communities while accommodating as much as possible, those residents who have created bonds and who have asked to remain together.

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