Call to reg­u­larise in­for­mal set­tle­ments

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - MEM­BER OF PAR­LIA­MENT: Vic­tor Wright CON­STITUENCY: Trelawny North

MEM­BER OF par­lia­ment (MP) for Trelawny North, Vic­tor Wright, has made an im­pas­sioned plea to the Gov­ern­ment to take ur­gent steps to reg­u­larise sev­eral in­for­mal set­tle­ments in his con­stituency.

In his con­tri­bu­tion to the State of the Con­stituency De­bate in Gor­don House, Wright pledged to his con­stituents that he would “rep­re­sent” them with “re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

De­scrib­ing as the “most trou­bling is­sue” in his con­stituency, the first-time MP told his par­lia­men­tary col­leagues that res­i­dents in Texas, Sil­ver Sands, Carey Park, and Cave Is­land have al­ready es­tab­lished benev­o­lent so­ci­eties and have been press­ing the Gov­ern­ment to reg­u­larise these in­for­mal com­mu­ni­ties. “If we don’t move quickly with reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion, we are des­tined for a long part­ner­ship with crime and other so­cial is­sues,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Wright, res­i­dents in Race Course, Falmouth, have been wait­ing to get ti­tles for the lands they oc­cupy for 30 years. He also high­lighted Cock­burn Pen in Clark’s Town, Coop­ers Pen, Zion, McHill, Prospect, and Spicy Hill.

“I urge the min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for hous­ing and land to en­sure the req­ui­site at­ten­tion is given to the nu­mer­ous let­ters and lob­by­ing that is on file, and oth­ers to come, in deal­ing with this sit­u­a­tion, as I will be mak­ing se­ri­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tion in this re­gard,” he stressed.

With agri­cul­ture be­ing one of the main sources of in­come for con­stituents, Wright is push­ing for a cen­tral pack­ag­ing fa­cil­ity which he said would be a repos­i­tory for items pro­duced. “This fa­cil­ity will be used to grade and repack­age agri­cul­tural prod­ucts to sup­ply the ho­tel chains, ex­port mar­ket, first stage pro­cess­ing into mashes, etc, and cre­at­ing an out­put for prod­ucts pro­duced in the parish,” he as­serted.

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