- Pat­ter­son-Year­wood

Stabroek News - - LETTERS -

The reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of lands in North Timehri will be­gin once the lands are handed over to the Cen­tral Hous­ing and Plan­ning Au­thor­ity (CH&PA).

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI) said that this was stated by Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ties, Valerie Pat­ter­son-Year­wood dur­ing an out­reach in the com­mu­nity at the Timehri Prison Sports Com­plex on Satur­day.

DPI said that the Min­is­ter ex­plained that the lands on which res­i­dents are squat­ting come un­der the Guyana Lands and Sur­vey Com­mis­sion (GLSC) and the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fras­truc­ture. Fur­ther, she said, the lands would first have to be trans­ferred from GLSC to CH&PA be­fore the process of reg­u­lar­is­ing the squat­ters could be­gin.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter, CH&PA “would have to go check the lands out, ensure that it is suit­able for hous­ing and then we would have to have the plans drawn up along with the Guyana Lands and Sur­vey Com­mis­sion and then we can get mov­ing.”

DPI said that the res­i­dents were sternly warned to de­sist from fur­ther squat­ting in the com­mu­nity.

“Those of you who are al­ready there, we are say­ing to you be vig­i­lant and do not al­low new squat­ters to come on board… why I say do not al­low new squat­ting be­cause we are go­ing to de­velop lands and al­lo­cate to you in the le­gal way”, the Min­is­ter told the res­i­dents.

The res­i­dents were told that CH&PA will be vis­it­ing the com­mu­nity from Novem­ber 6 to com­mence af­fix­ing lot num­bers for homes. On a re­quest from the res­i­dents, the Min­is­ter said that a team from CH&PA will be re­turn­ing on Novem­ber 14 and 15 to ad­dress their needs, DPI said.

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