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JAMAICA | PNP wants housing solutions for displaced residents in St. Ann

  • Written by Wiredja News Desk
  • Published in local news
 People’s National Party’s candidate for St Ann South West Mr Valenton Wint People’s National Party’s candidate for St Ann South West Mr Valenton Wint
ST ANN, JAMAICA, August 10, 2020:   People’s National Party’s candidate for St Ann South West Mr Valenton Wint, says hurried moves by the Andrew Holness-led administration to do an open market development on lands in Alexandria to the exclusion of families previously allocated lots is an insult to them.

Undeveloped lots were allocated in 2005 to families in the farming belt who have lived for generations in the community having been displaced by bauxite mining.

“Turning your back on the people who have been waiting and hoping for help with housing is cruel for a government who claims that it cares”, Mr. Wint said

He said further “the move is a complete slap in the faces of the more than one hundred families to whom lands in the area were previously allocated after they were originally displaced by bauxite mining operations in the area more than 15 years ago”.

“These small farmers have been waiting for help to build their houses for a long time but the government now comes with a project which overlooks them and disregards the sacrifice made by the generations of their families,” Mr Wint said.

The infrastructural plan for lands in Alexandria was approved by the parish council for the resettlement of some 150 families in 2012, the delay in housing development was caused by technical difficulties with the land. These residents are being callously overlooked to receive HAJ help,” Mr Wint said.

“It is time to settle this matter once and for all. The lots were allocated to these families, but they are small farmers who are not able to finance the building of houses without help,” Mr Wint said.

He said any decision by the government that the HAJ develops housing solutions must take into account the fact that some lots were previously allocated to families as part compensation for their displacement for bauxite mining operations. These resettlements need to be finalized before any other development solution advances.

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  • Countries: Jamaica