Cane Hall’s informal settlers have the option of owning land – Searchlight
After years of occupation as squatters, a number of Cane Hall residents were given the opportunity to own the land on which they lived as informal settlers.
This happened on Thursday, December 23, when West St George’s Parliamentary Representative Curtis King, beaming with pride, delivered letters advising residents of the offer to purchase the land.
Many have lived on this land for two to three decades and King said he was happy to be able to bring this problem to a close, which would allow residents to finally own the land on which they built homes and raised families.
Following much debate on the sale price which was first set at EC $ 3.00 per square foot, on Wednesday 22 December 2021, the Cabinet took the decision to finalize the sale price at 0, EC $ 50 per square foot.
The land offered to residents measures 2,507 square feet and they have five years to pay. Time spent squatting the land has been waived, and between December 23, 2021 and December 23, 2022, each potential landowner was offered a number of options.
This appeared to have surprised a number of residents, with one saying that he expected them to pay something for the land, but the government would give them all these years as a courtesy. welcome.
The resident, whose mother is said to hold the land title, said he was confident he would be able to pay on time.
In addition to entering into a purchase contract with the Department of Lands and Surveys within the Ministry of Transport, Works, Lands and Spatial Planning, each potential land owner can pay the full amount in full over the course of of the 12 month period.
Alternatively, the amount can be paid in installments, with a third paid in the period from December 23, 2021 to December 23, 2022 from the notice of sale, and the balance in four installments at an interest rate of 3% .
The letters, signed by Chief Surveyor Corliss Murray, were delivered to 26 potential landowners by the Parliamentary Representative assisted by Angus Dabreo, the Chief Bailiff attached to the Lands and Surveys Department.
They were received in many cases by the children or siblings of future title holders, many of whom were not at home at the time of the ceremony.